Several FITS fundraisers set

Duane Hicks

Whether you donate your dollars or your time, the local Fun in the Sun (FITS) committee needs your help to make this July 1 celebration bigger and better than ever in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday.
The committee has come up with several ways for people to support them–and have fun at the same time, FITS chairperson Cynthia Donald told the Times.
A “glow-in-the-dark” Zumba fundraiser, led by Jenna Nowak of “Zumba with Jenna” here, will be held this Saturday (April 22) in the Memorial Sports Centre auditorium.
The kids’ class, which costs $7 per child, will run from 6-7 p.m., followed by an adult class (costing $10) from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Donald noted people must get their tickets in advance, which are available at the Fine Line Art Gallery, Curvy Chick, and Curves.
Only a limited number of tickets will be sold so don’t miss out, she added.
Participants each will get a free glow stick with entry fee (and remember to wear white).
Of course, dancing Zumba in the dark is thirsty work so there also will be a smoothie bar on hand.
For more info, contact or any FITS committee member.
Meanwhile, FITS volunteers will be at the 2017 Business & Community Expo this Friday and Saturday at the Fort Frances Curling Club, where they will have scratch cards and coupon books.
These are large Bingo-type cards where anyone can approach them, scratch off two spots on the grid, and then pay whatever amounts are revealed.
These amounts will range from 50 cents to $3, so the person who plays shouldn’t be out of pocket too much.
In return, those who donate will get coupons with discounts and special offers from local businesses.
FITS committee members also will be selling State Fair-style mini-doughnuts at the Business & Community Expo, and will continue to do so at various times and places in the future, such as “Market Thursdays” on Scott Street.
Donald said the committee does not want to knock on the doors of local businesses and hit them up for handouts–those same merchants already generously support a myriad of events and activities, including the recent OFSAA championships here.
At the same time, they don’t want to get out the “white buckets” and simply ask people for cash donations, she added.
“So we’re trying to provide some fun things,” Donald reasoned.
Volunteers needed
With Canada Day only 73 days away, Donald said what she really needs right now is more volunteers to donate just an hour of their time for Canada’s birthday bash at Point Park.
“I don’t want them for the whole day, but if somebody could come for an hour and stand where the family lawn games are, or an hour to help with the bouncy castles,” she explained.
“When I say ‘volunteers’ and ‘help,’ I don’t mean for the whole day,” stressed Donald.
“I understand people want to go up to the Point and enjoy the day.”
Donald said she was inspired by one woman who is working all day on July 1 and yet still pledged to spend her lunch break to help the FITS crew out in any way she can.
If everyone just pitched in an hour of their time, there would no shortage of manpower, Donald said.
She noted the FITS committee is not a large one, and some are not as young as they used to be, and so helping hands would be greatly appreciated, especially for tasks like setting up or taking down the stage area.
Anyone interested can call Donald at 274-3384 or find her on Facebook at “Fun In The Sun Committee.”