Survivor Lakeland is raising money for a local summer camp. The annual charity event, which challenges twenty local contestants to survive for five days in the wilderness while competing in various strength and intellectual games, will be kicking off tonight at Kiev’s K Hi on Moose Lake.
Survivor Lakeland committee member Caitlyn Thompson says the summer camp will receive a large donation thanks to the event, “we guarantee the recipients $20 000 each year.” Thompson says the fundraising doesn’t stop there, “but of course we never want to stop at that.”
The initial $20 000 comes from the participants in the challenge, The Castaway. To participate in the event each Castaway must raise $1000 each. In the past there has been prizes for the Castaway who raises the most money and there are bragging rights that come with that feet.
Thompson says the committee plans different events during the five day event to help raise money, “on top of what The Castaways raise, we do other initiatives such as, silent auctions.” Thompson says a this is a great way to help out, ” we have so many items up there, there’s bound to be something that everyone is interested in.” The silent auction is posted on the group’s Facebook page.
Another options for the public to get involved is coming out to check out the action, says Thompson, “of course you can always come out and support The Castaways in their efforts, the camp is open to the public so come anytime.”
Over the past three years the group has raised over $100 000 for local charities, “the most we’ve ever raised in a year was $50 000.” That was last year’s event held to benefit The Lakeland Centre for FASD. “Our expectations are high,” concludes Thompson.
Castaways will be taken to the camp Tuesday, July 14th in the evening. The teams will be separated, by a random draw, into two tribes. The competition starts as soon as they arrive at Kiev’s K Hi, with the first challenge being to build shelter. Castaways will be voted off starting Thursday with the winner determined Saturday afternoon sometime between 3:00-6:00 pm.
If you wish to donate to the event you can stop by the camp at any time this week or donate online. Listen to Country 99 for live updates from the event.