Great Manitoba Portage lifts fundraising

Annual event becoming a favourite of camps and corporate supporters 

The Great Manitoba Portage grew again this year with more teams than ever raising more money than ever and having more fun than ever.

The third annual event - which took place on May 28 at The Forks National Historic Site in Winnipeg - drew 18 teams and raised $18,000. The top fundraising team was Camp Wannakumbac.

“We were so thrilled with the event this year. Each year has been better than the last,” said Liz Kovach, Executive Director of the Manitoba Camping Association. “It’s a great opportunity for us to get out into the community and show what camp is all about.”

The event is also drawing more corporate supporters to the Manitoba Camping Association and the Sunshine Fund, as it represents a chance for companies to support the community in a way that helps them build team spirit within their companies.

“We had so much fun last year that we wanted to participate again this year,” said Alexis Karsnicki, a Centre Support Officer with RBC who led the bank’s team of volunteers. RBC encourages employees to volunteer in the community through its Days of Service initiative.

“We had a couple of new people who brought their kids and it was wonderful. They had so much fun and I received multiple emails saying that was the most fun they had volunteering in RBC’s Days of Service.”

Karsnicki led a group of six volunteers who helped judge and coordinate the various events including a pudding eating contest, an obstacle course and a rst aid challenge. Karsnicki was an avid camper when she was a child and said RBC jumped at the chance to support the event.

“We’re passionate about our youth and we want to support initiatives like camps that will help to set youth up for success,” she said.“Camp supports kids learning how to work as a team, learning how to meet new friends and teaches them to be inclusive.”

The RBC team ran some of the events and presented a donation on behalf of the bank as well.

RBC joined other corporate supporterers including Qualico.