B.C. resident creates ‘Stay-at-Home Campout’ to support COVID-19 efforts

Event scheduled for April 25 aims to help BC Centre for Disease Control Emergency Response Fund

In an effort to support ongoing COVID-19 eradication efforts, a South Surrey, B.C. family is proposing a province-wide camping campaign – but with an important caveat:

That campers don’t leave their own properties.

South Surrey resident Kelly Tarry has created The BC Stay-at-Home Campout, which is scheduled for April 25 and will serve as a fundraiser for the BC Centre for Disease Control Emergency Response Fund.

“We are asking all families across BC to join us in this campout; from their own yard, driveway, van or even living room/basement,” Tarry told Peace Arch News by email.

To participate, campers are asked to pay a $5 fee that is paid directly to the event’s fundraising page (https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/the-bc-stay-at-home-campout).

Afterward, campers can join the campaign’s official Facebook group (www.facebook.com/groups/theBCStayatHomeCampout), where participants are posting photos of their own camping set-ups, as well as ideas from elsewhere – everything from how to set up a van for an overnight stay to how to make indoor child-sized hammocks that hang underneath a dining room table.

The Facebook group – which was created last week – has more than 60 members, while the fundraising page had raised $415 as of Monday morning.

The group aims to raise $1,000 through the endeavour.

Tarry told PAN that the idea for the campout was inspired by a similar fundraiser done in the U.K. that was “hugely successful.”

“I know that if enough people hear about this event, we could raise a lot of money for the cause that is impacting everyone and build awareness of the importance of staying at home,” she said.



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