The fundraising drive is still on for the United Native Friendship Centre’s “canoe-athon” to improve the youth drop-in centre.
U.N.F.C youth workers Brad Herbert, R.J. Comeau, Darwin Woods and a fourth volunteer will launch just south of the dam and canoe from Fort Frances to Rainy River, including the Manitou Rapids stretch.
One of the youth workers, Brad Herbert, will be going along despite having a kidney biopsy beforehand.
“We’re doing it for the kids, just for the kids,” he said.
The group has been approaching businesses throughout the Rainy River District for support for the trip and to date, has raised about $500 from area businesses.
The group is continuing to request donations and sponsorship before the foursome set off on the canoe-athon.
“We are asking for your help, we need pledges and donations from the community and the district to attain our goal,” said Kenny Desjardins, president of the United Voices Youth Council of the U.N.F.C.
The youth centre is open to all your in the community and surrounding area throughout the year, providing a drug and alcohol-free recreation area.
“Youth are invited to come and hang out, play a game of pool, air hockey or ping pong, participate in workshops and presentations and to participate in our youth council meetings,” said Desjardins. “We also have a computer lab with internet access.
“All proceeds made from the canoe-athon will be used to purchase materials and equipment for our drop-in centre,” he added.
For more information, youth centre staff are urging anyone to call at 274-0561 or visit the centre at 616 Mowat Ave.