Camp Erin to benefit from Nation Valley ATV Club 2020 Spring Ride, March 7

The 2019 Spring Ride. Zandbergen photo, NVN file

CHESTERVILLE — Nation Valley ATV Club goes full throttle in support of Camp Erin at its 2020 Annual Spring Ride on Saturday, March 7th, at North Dundas District High School.

In recent years, the number of participants has ranged between 150‐300 riders, who travel on North Dundas ATV trails throughout the day. To date, they’ve raised over $390,000 to date for various charities.

The Committee decided this year to dedicate their signature springtime event to Camp Erin. The organization’s Eastern Ontario site offers free weekend bereavement camps for youth grieving the death of someone significant in their lives. Children and teens ages 6 to 17 take part in the experience that combines grief education and emotional support with fun, traditional camp activities.

Led by bereavement professionals and caring volunteers, campers are provided a safe environment to explore their grief, learn essential coping skills and make friends with peers who are also grieving. It’s free, with all funding supplied by donations and fundraising.

Spring Ride participants pay $30 (plus OFATV membership or day pass), and the registration fee includes lunch on the trail, dinner back at the High School, prize ticket and a gift bag. The event also features a silent auction. All items being auctioned have been donated by local businesses and 100 percent of proceeds go to Camp Erin.

Organizers encourage pre‐registration at http://nvatvc.org/ride‐for‐camp‐erin/. Visit the same website to make pledges for the cause as well.

On-site registration at North Dundas District High School is open between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m., with opening speeches and departure scheduled for 10 a.m.

“We are very excited to support Camp Erin this year, a very worthwhile cause,” said Club Vice President Sebastian Lavine and Committee Volunteer Co‐ordinator. “We have a whole committee of seasoned ride veterans working on this event and we can’t wait to have hundreds of local and visiting ATVers from all across Ontario come out and join us!”

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