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Posted May 18 , 2010

Trek 4 Kids Raises $25,000 To Send Kids To Camp

KITCHENER/WATERLOO – Blue skies, sunshine and 133 Trekkers, biking, hiking and running, made for a great 5th annual Trek 4 Kids hike & bike 2010. Proceeds will benefit House of Friendship’s Summer Camp Sponsorship program, which sends children from low-income families to summer camp for up to a week.

This year, the goal for the program is to send over 100 children to camp – it costs on average $450 to send one child to overnight camp for a week. Trek 4 Kids is the main fundraiser for the program. Thanks to Trekkers, House of Friendship is over half way towards that goal. All event proceeds - $25,000 - will help send more than 50 underprivileged children to camp. With additional Summer Camp Sponsorship donations, House of Friendship looks forward to serving 100 children.

Trek 4 Kids hike & bike is carrying on the legacy of the original Trek 4 Kids undertaken in 2005 by Waterloo brothers Eric and Kevin Martin. That year they hiked the entire length of the Bruce Trail in 39 days and raised $24,000. Thanks to increased sponsorship and more Trekkers, this year’s Trek surpassed this.

Bikers were led off by Team KPMG, who successfully completed the entire 23 km bike route. Runners followed, led by House of Friendship's very own Chaplaincy Director, Michael Hackbusch, who helped one young runner complete his first ever 23 km run! Last, but not least, walkers - four-legged and two-legged - headed out behind House of Friendship’s Live & Learn program team.

“We can’t think of a more meaningful way to honour the legacy of Eric and Kevin Martin, by continuing their Trek tradition and sending more kids to camp.” said John Neufeld, Executive Director, House of Friendship, “Thanks to our sponsors, every penny raised today will help a child go to camp. Special thanks to KPMG, Eastside Cycle, SOS Physiotherapy, Herrles Country Farm Market, St. Jacob Printery, Crabby Joes, Twin City Graphics and Rogers TV for their tremendous support.”

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