So you love a “medium double-double” and a “honey-dip” donut on a regular basis? If you do, you know I am talking about the Canadian Icon, Tim Hortons.
I would go out on a limb and say that there are very few Canadians who don’t enjoy an occasional coffee from Tims, nor is there much chance that you haven’t seen one of the iconic coffee and donut restaurants on a street near you.
But did you know about the Tim Horton Childrens Foundation? Tim Horton’s has been running very successful and very helpful camps for children since the Tim Horton Childrens Foundation was founded by Ron Joyce, Co-Founder of Tim Hortons, in honour of his friend and National Hockey League star, Tim Horton, who died in a car accident in 1974.
These Tim Horton Childrens Foundation camps give kids a chance to learn something new, to explore their options and to better themselves in many ways. And I might add, they are very successful at it. In their own words, The Tim Horton Childrens Foundation is a “non-profit, charitable organization committed to providing a fun-filled camp environment for children from economically disadvantaged homes.”
Each year Tim Hortons Restaurant Owners, together with local youth groups, churches and schools select children between the ages of nine and 12, to attend a 10-day summer camp session or seven day winter camp session.
Funding for the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation camps comes primarily from donations from individual Tim Horton Restaurant Owners, Tim Hortons parent company, The TDL Group Corp., valued suppliers and from public donations collected through counter coin boxes located year-round at every Tim Hortons outlet.
June 6th 2012 is Tim Hortons Camp Day. That means the proceeds from every coffee purchased in all Tim Horton’s go to the camps. The Tim Hortons Restaurant owners donate entire coffee proceeds (100%)for that day (24 hours) to the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation. Just to give you an idea of the numbers, In 2010, Camp Day raised more than $9.7 million CDN ($9.3 million U.S.).
This year you can also help by texting CAMP to 45678. Every text donates $5 and will be applied to your phone bill.
The proceeds from Camp Day help send 14,000 kids – who could otherwise not afford it – on the camping adventure of a lifetime.
The Tim Horton Children’s Foundation covers all costs for each child, including transportation, food and lodging.
The good work done by the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation cannot be overlooked. They have camps located in several locations throughout Canada and one in the United States, and when possible each child gets to travel to a camp in another province from their home province, thus increasing the experience even more.
Tim Horton Childrens Camp – Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia
Tim Horton Onondaga Farms – St George, Ontario
Tim Horton Childrens Ranch – Kananaskis, Alberta
Tim Horton Kentahten – Campbellsville, Kentucky
Tim Horton Memorial Camp – Parry Sound, Ontario
Camp des Voyageurs Tim Horton – Quyon, Quebec
The Foundation’s objectives on behalf of children are to:
Develop self-confidence, self-respect, and an appreciation of their worth as individuals.
Understand people with various backgrounds and experiences.
Encourage creativity, imagination, and sense of adventure.
Appreciate the natural world.
Develop capacities for initiative and leadership.
In addition to the regular Camp Program, through the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation Youth Leadership Program a camper’s experience does not end with their initial trip to camp. In 1997 the Foundation began a unique wilderness adventure and leadership development program for selected previous summer camp participants between the ages of 13 and 17. This gives the participants an opportunity to return to camp and learn much more, broadening their horizons and a learning new skills that will help them throughout their lives.
After completing up to five years in this program, participants may also be eligible for bursaries towards their college or university education.
The Tim Horton Childrens Foundation is very near and dear and personal to me. Both of my daughters were fortunate enough to attend the camp when they were younger, and my oldest daughter went on to complete the leadership program that I mentioned above, and in addition, I think as a means of giving something back, she returned to the Tim Hortons Camp during University, as a counsellor in the Alberta camp, in Kananaskis, making her Daddy very proud…..
What both girls learned from their experiences at the Tim Horton Childrens Foundation Camp will enrich the rest of their lives.
I could go on and on here about the good things being done by the Tim Hortons Childrens Foundation, but the best thing I can suggest is for you to visit their website, The Tim Horton Children’s Foundation learn about the great things they are doing for our children, and on Camp Day, June 6th, make sure you buy a coffee or two or three…..and any day of the year, drop a little extra change in the donation boxes on the counter at your local Tim Horton’s !!
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