Chantry Island Cham-bettes head out to their namesake island for a FUNdraising 'sleep-over'
by Sandy Lindsay
September 10, 2016
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First of two boatloads is ready to board!
See you tomorrow!
For the past 15 years, the Chantry Island Cham-bettes in Saugeen Shores, have headed out to Chantry Island Lighthouse where they spend the night with no electricity or running water.
The night is a once-in-a-year trip for the group and is a fundraiser for community projects. Each Cham-bette has to raise $100 for the privilege of 'roughing it'.
This year, 2016, the group left the dock in Southampton Harbour aboard the Chantry Island tour boat 'the Peerless II', on Saturday, September 10th, for their 15th anniversary 'sleep-over, big-girl PJ party'.
The weather, although warm, was not promising with rain on the horizon. Weather however, is the last thing that has ever prevented the annual trip.
The waters at the mouth of the Saugeen River into Lake Huron can be rough ...
... but then they're off to Chantry Island!
In the morning (Sunday), the women return to a hearty breakfast/brunch prepared by the Propeller Club/Marine Heritage Society at the 'Boathouse' in downtown Southampton.
The annual event has now raised over
$24,000 that go back into community projects that, in the past, have
included support for the local hospital, regional hospice care, the
mammography campaign, the community band and many others.
(L) Sandy Borland and Cherie Duhame, two of the more 'senior' members (in length of service) of the Cham-bettes
The next major fundraiser coming up is the ever-popular Christmas Home Tour in November, where tickets are already about to go on sale for the event that is always sold out .
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Saturday, September 10, 2016