YOUNG COTTAGERS ARE KOOL KIDS

Kool Aid Kids pro­vide $1,500 to Camp Tidnish

The Amherst News - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAR­RELL COLE AMHERST NEWS dar­rell.cole@amher­st­news.ca Twit­ter: @ADN­dar­rell

Kids help­ing kids.

It’s the motto of a group of young cottagers in the Amherst Shore and Lorneville area, known as the Kool Aid Kids, who have been rais­ing money for Camp Tidnish and other needy causes for more than 50 years.

The chil­dren, ages eight to 13, held fundrais­ers through­out the sum­mer and re­cently pre­sented a cheque for about $1,500 to the camp for phys­i­cally and men­tally-chal­lenged chil­dren and adults on the Tidnish River at the Nova Sco­tia-New Bruns­wick bor­der.

“It was a lot of fun to raise the money, know­ing that it’s go­ing to help some­thing as im­por­tant as the camp,” 13-year-old Kool Aid Kids co-pres­i­dent Ella Christie said.

Vice-pres­i­dent Ja­cob Christie said the or­ga­ni­za­tion is all about help­ing others their age.

“It’s all about kids help­ing kids,” he said. “We did a lot of things dur­ing the sum­mer to raise the money. We had vol­ley­ball games, a soft­ball game, sold raf­fle tick­ets and had a silent auc­tion with the prize be­ing VIP seat­ing at the ball game.”

Moose­head Brew­eries pro­vided a num­ber of items to the group to raf­fle off.

Along with help­ing Camp Tidnish, which is owned by the Amherst Ro­tary Club and op­er­ated by Easter Seals Nova Sco­tia, the group also spon­sored swim­mer Sean Le­Moine in the re­cent swim

across the Northum­ber­land Strait for Camp Bri­gadoon.

This was the 52nd sum­mer for the Kool Aid Kids, who were known as the Amherst Shore Cen­ten­nial Sum­mer Club when they were first brought to­gether by Alf Mur­doch in 1967.

In that first year, they raised $10.75 that was used for a wish­ing well at Camp Tidnish. Over the years, the group has had nu­mer­ous fundrais­ers, rais­ing $25,000 since the be­gin­ning.

Among the items pur­chased for the camp have been two wash­ing ma­chines, four ca­noes, swing sets, a fan for the kitchen, a vac­uum cleaner, a lawn mower, life jack­ets and a pool heater as well as money to­ward the pur­chase of land.

The group has in­cluded 130 chil­dren from across the Mar­itimes and On­tario. The chil­dren’s par­ents have all had sum­mer homes in the Amherst Shore re­gion.

Af­ter mak­ing the do­na­tion, the kids were given a tour of the camp to see how their sup­port helps.

“This is such an im­por­tant place,” co-pres­i­dent Abby Ste­wart said. “This is such a good cause. The campers seem so happy here.”

Michelle Ste­wart was a Kool Aid Kid and now her chil­dren are. She said it’s nice to see the next gen­er­a­tions con­tinue the tra­di­tion started more than a half­cen­tury ago.

“It’s re­ally spe­cial to see this group con­tinue what was started to so long ago and they show so much en­thu­si­asm do­ing it,” Ste­wart said. “They planned out what they were go­ing to do to raise the money and then went out and did it. It says a lot about their char­ac­ter and how much they care.”

There was a core group of seven or eight chil­dren, but others with cot­tages in the area par­tic­i­pated. The cottagers are from through­out the Mar­itimes, On­tario and the United States.

Camp di­rec­tor Donna MacPher­son said the sup­port is ap­pre­ci­ated. The money will be put to good use to pur­chase arts and crafts sup­plies as well as sports equip­ment – things that get a lot of use.

She said the Ir­win Point Road cottagers have also been do­ing some fundrais­ing to pur­chase linens for the camp.

The fi­nal camp of the year is wrap­ping up. She said there were 268 campers this sum­mer.

DAR­RELL COLE – AMHERST NEWS

The Kool Aid Kids, young­sters of cottagers in the Amherst Shore and Lorneville ar­eas, have raised more than $50,000 for Camp Tidnish and other needy causes over 52 years. The kids vis­ited the camp last week to pro­vide $1,500 more rep­re­sent­ing another sum­mer of fundrais­ing. Those par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pre­sen­ta­tion were: front, from left, Zach Ather­ton, Ja­cob Christie, Char­lotte McAlpine, El­liot Ste­wart, and Stephanie Ather­ton. Back row, camp di­rec­tor Donna MacPher­son, Les­ley Brown, Vivian McAlpine, Beth Ather­ton, Abby Ste­wart, Ella Christie, Ross Ste­wart and Michelle Ste­wart.

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