Three local children’s charities were presented more than $28,000 — the proceeds from the Newfound Riders Harley Davidson bike draw awarded in December. This year’s recipients included the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Kids With Cancer Travel Fund, Canadian Diabetes Association (Camp Douwanna), and Candlelighters Newfoundland and Labrador (Camp Delight).
The Kids with Cancer Travel Fund provides short-term financial assistance for accommodations, travel and meals to children with cancer in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Canadian Diabetes Association has been involved in children’s camping in Newfoundland since 1964. The camp was originally run out of Burry Heights but a move in the mid-1980s brought the camp to the Lion Max Simms Memorial Camp. After outgrowing that facility, Camp Douwanna will start a new chapter in 2014 by operating out of the Lavrock Camp and Conference Centre. Camp Delight is an eight-day residential camp for children and youth ages seven to 17 years old, who have been diagnosed with cancer, their siblings, and bereaved siblings. A one-day Day Camp is also offered for children ages five to nine years. Newfound Riders was founded more than 15 years ago to promote a fun riding environment for all motorcycle riders and as a not-for-profit foundation helping youth.