Lunch will provide funds for summer camp experience for two of Little Current’s refugee residents this year

LITTLE CURRENT—Mark next Thursday, April 13 on your calendar when the Little Current United Church Outreach Committee will host a themed lunch to help raise funds to send two of Little Current’s newest residents off to summer camp this July.

Outreach Committee chair Gail Gjos explained that a ‘Camp Sunday’ is normally held the last Sunday of April with the collection going to either one of two area United Church of Canada-sanctioned summer camps, Camp McDougall or Camp Lorraine. This year, Ms. Gjos said she brought forward the idea to host a camp-themed lunch with the funds being used to send two of the youngest members of Little Current’s refugee family to Camp McDougall in Thessalon.

“We’re trying to incorporate our newest residents into Canadian life,” she added. Heading to summer camp would also allow the girls to get off Manitoulin, experience camp life and make new friends. It works both way too, Ms. Gjos noted, giving the other campers a chance to meet some new Canadians.

The girls are excited at the prospect of summer camp, Ms. Gjos learned, with one of the soon-to-be-campers asking if they could go “next week” when they first learned of the upcoming experience.

The sisters will be attending a special music and arts themed week at Camp McDougall near the end of July.

Ms. Gjos said members of the Little Current Refugee Committee have graciously donated much of the food for the lunch with Oktoberfest sausages, homemade baked beans, rolls, salad and s’mores cake.

“We tried to make it a ‘campy’ menu,” Ms. Gjos said.

The ample lunch is just $10 and will be served from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Little Current United Church hall on Thursday, April 13 and the cause is just.