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Camp Quality benefits from big car show in Lombardy Laurie Weir ljweir@metroland.com

EMC events – Since Camp Quality opened in Lanark County in 2000, members of a local car club

have been donating to a cause that benefits children with cancer. “I remember the initial phone call,� said Glenn Mooney, director at Camp Quality. “It was Terry Irish who called me

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fun week of summer camp in August. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Typically, (children) are referred to us through word of mouth or through CHEO,â&#x20AC;? Mooney says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t turn anyone away.â&#x20AC;? Last year, there were 33 children who took part in the camp that runs the first week in August. Mooney and his wife Pam started the eastern Ontario Camp Quality. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t own the campsite at Providence Point near Lanark, but only rent it for the week to provide this service, typically to children who have ended their cancer treatments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were askedâ&#x20AC;Ś we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say no,â&#x20AC;? he said. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have children of their own, but 18 nieces and nephewsâ&#x20AC;Ś and a Newfounland dog named Bear. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Camp Quality is a good time for kids to come and have some fun and it also gives their parents some respite,â&#x20AC;? Mooney said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If a child is a first-time camper, we usually invite their siblings to attend as well.â&#x20AC;? Mooney says that there are a number of volunteers who accommodate a single camper. There are two for each child, plus support staff of doctors and nurses on site. Some of the friendships forged between the child and his or her camp counsellors (who are all adults usually in their 20s or 30s) have lasted for years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have some matches who have been together for three and four years,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kind of like Big Brothers and Big Sisters.â&#x20AC;?

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been for almost a half-century that the Antique and Classic Car Club of Canada (ACCCC), Rideau Lakes Region, has been shining up its rigs for the spring car show in Lombardy. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event is slated for May 25 and 26. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been having this car show since about 1965,â&#x20AC;? said Andy Holdham of Manotick, president of the ACCCC, who has a 1936 Chevy classic of his own. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And every year since Camp Quality has been in existence, we have donated between $1,000 and $1,500 to help children who are undergoing cancer treatments.â&#x20AC;? Members of the club live in Smiths Falls, Carleton Place, Almonte, Perth, Kemptville, Manotick, Winchester, Metcalfe, Russell, Greely, Kanata, Barrhaven and Orleans, but Holdham said most of the members are from the Smiths Falls area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re from all overâ&#x20AC;Ś and we attract a great deal of people,â&#x20AC;? he added, including from Ontario, Quebec and northern United States. This two-day event will feature flea market type vendors of crafts and automotive specialists in and surrounding the agricultural building, complete with â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50s and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s music and an evening beef barbecue for anyone who would like to grab bite to eat.

There will also be a car corral for those who wish to sell their old classics. A $10 fee will apply for those wishing to take advantage of this opportunity.

Glenn Mooney and his wife Pam started the eastern Ontario Camp Quality ... to provide this service, typically to children who have ended their cancer treatments.

Sunday is the main event, with a car show slated from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with free registration from 8 a.m. to noon. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; complete with 15 different categories of judging. From modified vehicles, to original classics, pro stock and restored antiques, there will be judging by fellow owners with awards presentations at the end of the afternoon, approximately 3 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These old cars are neat to look at, but even neater to watch and hear one drive by,â&#x20AC;? Holdham said, as the car show will feature a drive-by of sorts as the old buggies are cranked over for a parade around the racetrack. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We normally parade about 1820 vehicles and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hoping to get up into the 1950 models,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neat to hear the chugging of the old 1916 Model T owned by a member, Terry Irish, or a 1923 Buick with a different sound all together and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll extend that (parade) up to the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50s and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s models.â&#x20AC;? Holdham said this event is about the camaraderie, networking and having fun with other like-minded car folks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about seeing cars and talking to people with the same interest, and maybe seeing restoration of a car like one youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working onâ&#x20AC;Ś itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about getting advice and finding parts, or just about having fun and enjoying the old cars,â&#x20AC;? he said. One of the highlights for the ACCCC is having fun with the kids at Camp Quality. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We always go camp and take the kids for rides in the old cars,â&#x20AC;? said Holdham. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their faces just light up when they take a ride in some of those cars,â&#x20AC;? added Mooney. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They hop on into the rumble seat and away they go. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Antique and Classic Car Club have been a great support to us for the past 13 years, both financially and with their involvement at camp.â&#x20AC;? Camp Quality will be on site during Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s car show for anyone interested in more For information on the car show, call 613-692-2438. For more information on the camp visit www. campquality.org.

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