Timmies collecting change for children’s camps

Proceeds from coffee sales Wednesday go to charity

For the price of a cup of coffee on Wednesday you can help a deserving child and still get the cup of coffee.

It’s Camp Day at Tim Hortons locations across Canada, including the three Penticton restaurants, from which franchise owners donate 100 per cent of the proceeds from coffee sales to the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation.

Patrons can also contribute through special events and activities at the individual locations.

“What we have heard from those who have gone to the camps is that it’s really life changing,” said marketing co-ordinator Breanna Symchuk, for Tim Hortons of South Okanagan.

“They make new friends, they learn new skills, just things they can take with them in life. I met all the little campers who are going this year and they’re super excited. It’s a really special camp, someplace these kids would not likely get to go to otherwise.”

She added five valley kids who previously attended, returned to work as counsellors.

There are 10 young people from Osoyoos to Summerland who have been selected to attend this year.

The children often come from lower income or disadvantaged homes.

Last year in Canada over $11 million, including thousands of dollars from this region, was raised, helping send over 17,000 kids to camp.

A number of local celebrity volunteers will be working at the locations. Events will be running throughout the day.