The 2023 Easter Seals Summerfest Regatta is taking place next month, hosted by the Kingston Yacht Club and the Rotary Club of Kingston. The event promises a day of fun for the entire family, with activities including kid’s games, races, local vendors and crafts, face painting, food and drink, animals, a water buggy, and more.
“Every year, the Summerfest Regatta brings together our local community to create lasting memories and make a positive impact in the lives of children with physical disabilities,” said Linda Clouthier, Community Engagement Officer for Easter Seals Ontario. “We are grateful for the unwavering support of our participants, sponsors, and volunteers who contribute to the success of this event year after year.”
Regatta participants will set sail on the open water course on Lake Ontario between the government mark at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour and the flagpole at Kingston Yacht Club. On-shore supporters may view a portion of the course from the Gord Downie Memorial Pier. The Summerfest Regatta will be held at the Kingston Yacht Club on Sunday, Jul. 9, 2023. The fun starts at 10 a.m. and Easter Seals said that there will be different vendors, and fun family activities like a barbeque, face painting, live music, and more.
Registration fees are $50 per crew member, $60 per double-handed boat, and $100 for families or crewed boats. Attendees are also encouraged to fundraise online. Read more and register for the event here.
In response to Kingstonist inquiries, Clothier shared that there is no fee to attend the Sunday Funday event. “You can help reach our goal of $15,000 by donation or purchasing BBQ tickets,” she noted, adding that there will be vendors, face painting, kids’ games, and a visit from The Kingston Frontenacs own Barrack!
“The Kingston Utilities water buggy will be on hand with a hydration station, and Starbucks to offer cool refreshers,” she added.
According to a release from Easter Seals Ontario, all funds raised from the Regatta help to power Easter Seals Ontario’s programs and services that support children and youth with physical disabilities in the Kingston community and across the province. The organization believes that every child deserves to thrive and make their mark on the world, regardless of their physical abilities. By supporting this event, participants and donors can help provide the resources and opportunities needed for children and youth with physical disabilities to overcome obstacles and reach their full potential.
Easter Seals Ontario has been a leading provider of programs and services for children and youth with physical disabilities since 1922. The organization is a registered charity, and offers a wide range of programs and services, including mobility and accessibility equipment funding, fully accessible summer camps, post secondary scholarships, youth ambassadors, and advocacy and public awareness. Easter Seals is only able to provide these programs thanks to the generous support of its donors and sponsors.
To learn more, visit EasterSeals.org