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BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association Hosts Online Auction to Support Care Camps

The BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association (BCLCA) is once again hosting its annual online auction to support the Care Camps Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to helping children with cancer experience the joys of camping. 

image by BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association via bclca.com

The auction, running April 15 to May 20, is part of BCLCA’s ongoing efforts to raise funds and awareness for this cause. Over the past four years, nearly CA$15,000 has been raised through the auction, alongside donations and other fundraising events.

In an exclusive email interview, BCLCA Executive Director Joss Penny underscored the organization’s efforts to raise funds for the foundation. 

Penny highlighted that the auction is a key component of BCLCA’s strategy to engage the community and harness the support of the camping sector and industry partners. 

“We have been passionate about raising funds for this great cause for five years now,” Penny told Modern Campground. “It is with the generous help of the camping sector and industry partners that makes this auction a success year after year.”

The funds raised are crucial for the Care Camps Foundation, which organizes specialized oncology camps for children battling cancer. These camps provide a respite where children can escape the rigors of their treatment and enjoy being kids. “We all know that camping helps reset our biological clocks, imagine what a week can do for a child facing cancer treatments,” Penny added.

image by BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association via bclca.com

The association’s commitment extends beyond just fundraising. BCLCA is actively involved in promoting the benefits of these camps and the positive impact they have on children’s lives. 

Gwynn Sullivan, executive director of Care Camps Foundation, emphasized the importance of these efforts. 

“As Care Camps Foundation celebrates our 40th Anniversary this year, we continue to be honored with support from the BCLCA,” Sullivan said. The annual auction helps us fund pediatric oncology camps across Canada bringing lasting impact to children and families navigating a cancer journey. This experience becomes a lifeline of hope, joy, and support that sustains them throughout their life.”

Participation in the auction is open to all, and those unable to donate physical items can contribute gift cards from businesses such as MasterCard, Shell, Petro Canada, Walmart, Sephora, Google, and Amazon.

The initiative not only helps children with cancer but also provides a platform for campground owners and outdoor hospitality operators to contribute to a significant cause, enhancing their community profile and demonstrating their commitment to corporate social responsibility. This engagement also provides an opportunity for businesses to network and partner with other industry players, fostering a collaborative environment that benefits the entire campground industry.

The growing success of the auction is evident from the increase in funds raised each year. With the support of its members, suppliers, and local businesses, BCLCA ensures it provides substantial assistance to children with cancer.

The auction is spearheaded by BCLCA’s Darlene Oswald. Her dedication and passion for the cause contribute to its success. Oswald also says it is never too late to donate and those interested in contributing to the 2024 online auction can contact her at [email protected].

As the 2024 auction approaches, the BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association remains committed to its mission of supporting children in need and enhancing the well-being of the campground industry through charitable activities. 

Featured image by BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association via bclca.com

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PeterFlicker
PeterFlicker
April 16, 2024 4:36 pm

Guess what? The BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association is hosting an online auction to support Care Camps. They’re also planning a virtual event where you can hear inspiring stories from kids helped by Care Camps. Join in, make a difference, and have fun supporting those fighting cancer!

glacierGabe
glacierGabe
April 16, 2024 9:14 pm
Reply to  PeterFlicker

It’s heartwarming to support such a meaningful cause! Let’s rally together and make a difference while having a great time!

FungalEnemy19
FungalEnemy19
April 16, 2024 5:36 pm

Just wanted to share this heartwarming news about the BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association hosting an online auction to support kids fighting cancer at Care Camps. It’s so touching how they provide a much-needed break for these children. Let’s spread the word and make a difference together!

cedarCleo
cedarCleo
April 16, 2024 8:34 pm

Have you heard about the online auction by the BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association to help the Care Camps Foundation? I’m worried about the impact of reduced fundraising. Let’s support these kids by spreading the word about the auction. Our participation can make a real difference for these children.

JuliaEve
JuliaEve
April 16, 2024 11:08 pm

Have you heard about the BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association’s awesome online auction? They’re teaming up with different businesses to offer cool vacation packages and outdoor adventures to support Care Camps. It’s a chance to help kids with cancer and maybe snag a dream getaway. How cool is that?

NurturLuv-07n
NurturLuv-07n
April 16, 2024 11:21 pm

Isn’t it awesome? The BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association is hosting an online auction to support Care Camps Foundation. They’re also planning virtual events and activities. Check out their socials for heartwarming stories. It’s fantastic to see how they’re making a real difference for kids with cancer and families!

Susan Baker
Susan Baker
April 17, 2024 6:35 am

Isn’t it amazing how the BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association goes all out to support the Care Camps Foundation? They host auctions and events to give kids battling cancer a chance to just be kids. It’s heartwarming, isn’t it?

David Wilson
David Wilson
April 17, 2024 7:06 am

Doesn’t it warm your heart to see the BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association wholeheartedly supporting Care Camps? Their dedication shines through, providing kids battling cancer with a much-needed break. It’s amazing how they’re not just raising funds but also spreading awareness about the positive impact these camps have on children’s well-being.

DianaGrove
DianaGrove
April 17, 2024 9:01 am

BC Lodging and Campgrounds Assoc.’s auction for Care Camps! Bidding on camping experiences and gear, and adding unique items help support kids with cancer.

Barbara Scott
Barbara Scott
April 17, 2024 12:19 pm

Have you heard about the BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association’s online auction for Care Camps? I’m worried that not enough people know about it. Let’s spread the word to help kids with cancer get the support they need.

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