Donors stepping up to help Camp Vincent



By Pam Wright, Local Journalism Initiative
The Thamesville Herald

The plea for donations to keep Bothwell’s St. Vincent’s camp afloat is being answered.

According a member of the fundraising team, a number of private individuals and businesses have stepped forward with funds as part of the effort to reopen to campers in 2021.

“People know it’s a good cause and people are listening,” says Lee Salisbury. “It’s really starting to roll. It’s a fabulous start.”

Because of COVID-19, St. Vincent’s couldn’t open this year. With no incoming revenue from the 700 campers who would normally attend, the 49-year-old facility is facing a serious cash shortfall.

To add insult to injury, break-ins in 2020 caused thousands of dollars damage to buildings and machinery.

However, all is not lost. Salisbury says almost $20,000 has been raised since the call for help went out about three weeks ago.

The camp is in need of around $80,000 to meet its financial obligations and maintain the facility, preparing for the day when COVID-19 pandemic restrictions are no longer in effect.

Salisbury says someone anonymously pledged $5,000.

Another anonymous donor will match any donations up to $5,000 until Christmas.

“They just care about the community,” Salisbury explains, adding there are various levels of sponsorship available to people who want to give.

A number of corporate sponsors have also come forward, Salisbury adds, many of them coming from the Wallaceburg area.

Anyone wanting to make a donation can consult the St. Vincent Face Book page. Mail in donations can also be sent to Camp Vincent, 80 King St. East, Chatham, Ont., N7M 3M8.


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