In a lot of ways, #Campout2012 was a great success. Our idea was to have 100 kids from across Canada campout for 50 hours raising awareness and funds to meet the housing needs in Attawapiskat, James Bay and eventually all reserves who are suffering through a housing crisis.
A huge thank you goes to the brave campers who joined me in Niagara Falls at Campark Resorts.
Sterling, Avery, Kai, Angel, and Juan. You guys are all heroes. Thank you for making a difference!
Our goal for this campout was to raise $500,000, enough to build 2 homes for foster families in Attawapiskat and around James Bay. You see, when children are place in care, because of the housing crisis, even if there are good, qualified care-givers, they don’t have the room to take kids in. Foster children are then sent away from their homes, away from their communities and away from everything they know. Usually it is hundreds of miles away.
I don’t think that’s fair. That’s why we camped out.
Right now we are about $494,000 short of our goal. So – we are extending the #campout2012 campaign to last the rest of the year. I’m very confident that we will meet our goal by the end of this year. When I promised to build a playground in Attawapiskat and won the $25,000 Pepsi Refresh grant, we were about $75,000 short of our goal. But I made a promise, and that was my biggest motivator. With the help of CRCS Recreation in Sudbury and people from all across Canada, I was able to keep that promise.
With your help and support, I have no doubt that I will be able to keep my promise of funding two homes in Attawapiskat this year.
Enjoy this slide show of our #camput2012 after party from Barnes Management Group.