by Marguerite Boyer
The Kemptville Snowmobile Klub held their traditional Snowarama event last weekend, and raised a record amount for Easter Seals. Entrance fee for the day is $20, but most participants are encouraged to raise money through pledge forms. The rally has two routes, one going 100 kms and the longer one 160 kms, and the trails are well marked for both routes. The 123 participants on Sunday’s event raised a wonderful $5,336 for Easter Seals, a real achievement. Participants came from Kingston, Cornwall, Limoges,Brockville, Athens, Russell, as well from the locality.
On hand to assist was Ian McLaughin, Regional Director for Easter Seals and a 23 year volunteer, and, of course, organizers Liz and Bruce Robinson, members since 1982. Normally, in the past, the day begins with a hearty breakfast and ends with an evening meal. But, due to Covid restrictions, this had to be cancelled. Last year, the entire rally had been cancelled.
A special appearance for the day was by Colleen McKane, who was “Tammy”, the representative for Easter Seals, 30 years ago.
The club, which is celebrating their 50th year, maintains 225 kms of trails, covering both North Grenville and Merrickville-Wolford. Money raised to maintain these trails comes through annual permit fees of between $200 to $265 a year.