Kids build snowmen at a Fernie School Aged Care winter camp.

Childcare for charity

Fernie School Aged Care is donating to Fernie Friends of Refugees when a child is registered for the “Charity Days” camp.

Fernie School Aged Care (FSAC) is donating all proceeds to the Fernie Friends of Refugees (FFoR) program when a child is registered for the “Charity Days” camp.  The camp is a two-day winter camp – Dec. 29 is “Winter Wonderland” and Dec. 30 is “wacky hair and dress up day”. As of Dec. 9, 12 more registrations are available for the FSAC’s Charity Day.

“During two days of our winter camp, parents have the opportunity to sign their child up knowing that 100 per cent of the fees will go directly to ‘Fernie Friends of Refugees’ camp, and is open to all kids in kindergarten to Grade 6,” said Mandy Potter, Director of FSAC.

FSAC has chosen to support the refugee program due to the recent sponsoring of a Liberian mother and the programs recent creation.

“They are a relativity new charity that has already made a difference to one family by sponsoring and supporting their new life here in Fernie and are in the process of sponsoring a single mom from Liberia. To do this they will need support, financially and physically and emotionally,” said Potter. “We also like to involve the children in our care to understand what it is to be a globally aware citizen.”

FSAC also sponsors local children in need to attend the summer camp through a Bake Sale.

“We hold an annual charity bake sale in February and have a fund for summer camp and school year sponsorship for families who need our care, but are having trouble financially,” said Potter.

The money raised by FSAC’s registration will go toward the financial support the new families to Canada will need.

“The money will go towards financially supporting these new families in their first year in Canada. It is a big commitment and we are so happy to be able to help out. If all of the spaces are filled we will raise and donate $540,” said Potter.

Parents will receive nine hours care and their children’s care cost will go to support the FFoR.

“People have shown interest and think it’s a great idea. However, [they] still need encouragment to sign up and help make a difference. It really is a win-win situation,” said Potter. “They can enjoy the ski hill or just have a day to themselves all while donating to a great charity who needs this help.”