Issue #68 July 2018
Family Fun at the Annual Paddle Poker Run By Victoria Klassen
ine years ago, Blair Bell from Hybrid Marine started the Paddle Poker run to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. It was a cause close to his heart because his mother had Alzheimer’s. Since then it has grown into an anticipated annual event. The ninth annual Paddle Poker Run will take place on Saturday July 21, at the Hybrid Marine in Summerstown. Participants can pedal, paddle, or sail, using any water craft without a motor. The run to Squaw Island and back takes around two-three hours but there is no obligation to complete the entire course. Neck and shoulder massages, lunch, poker hands, and door prizes will be available for participants once they return to shore. Last year this event raised over $8,800, more than doubling what it raised in 2016. Josée RoyPilon, campaign co-ordinator of the Alzheimer Society of Cornwall and District, said they are hoping to meet or beat that total this year. The money helps the local chapter of the
Alzheimer Society provide support programs in the community.
“The funds stay local. The funds go towards support groups, for the individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia, as well as support groups for family members or caregivers. There’s the day-away program, which provides respite to the caregivers, and it gives engaging activities for those who are dealing with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease,” shared RoyPilon. This family friendly Paddle Poker Run requires a minimum $20 pledge. Participants are welcome to bring their own water crafts, or there will be some available to rent at Hybrid Marine. For more information on this fundraiser, visit Hybrid Marine’s website: http://hybridmarine-ltd. com/latest-news/ or call Blair Bell at 613-360-6501. Fo more information on the Alzheimer Society of Cornwall and District please call 613-932-4914 or visit their website: www.alzheimer. ca/en/cornwall
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June’s favourite sports memory July’s Favourite Sports Memory is courtesy of multi-sport athlete Shyanna Gauthier. This young athlete has excelled at soccer, basketball, volleyball, badminton, and hockey, but her favourite sports memory is of competing for St. Joseph’s at OFSAA in track and ﬁeld in 2016. Shyanna competed in the 300 metre hurdles. However, running with her team mates in the relay was an experience she’ll never forget. The team included Shyanna, Maddy Grant, Caroline Kupczyk, and Ally Hebert. “We’re all really good friends,” explains Shyanna. “We got to run on the Windsor University track. That was the ﬁrst time the relay team made it to OFSAA. It was a great trip, and we ﬁnished 11th out of 24.” Shyanna is a grade 11 Honour Roll student and plans on one day becoming a speech pathologist. Despite being sidelined by a knee injury in 2017, she’ll be playing U18 soccer for the prestigious Soulange Griffons this summer, and she expects to play at the post-secondary level. “My ﬁrst game is Sunday,” she says, and one can tell she’s eager top get back at it.
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