Tim Hortons Camp Day 2012, last Wednesday, June 6, will be a day Carlie Barkley of Cardinal won’t forget.
That’s the day Barkley shed her locks to send a local child to camp.
The evening manager at the HK 401 Travel Centre east of Morrisburg, Barkley jokingly suggested “they could shave me bald” as an incentive for the staff to raise their $1,000 objective for Tim Hortons Camp Day.
“I said it, and they ran with it,” she said with a chuckle prior to her trip to the barber chair set up in front of the new centre last Wednesday where several staff members gathered as witnesses.
Barkley’s incentive was successful as the staff went to work and were well over their target several days in advance of Camp Day.
In fact, three employees chipped in $100 apiece which earned them a turn with the clippers. They included the Travel Centre’s assistant manager Marsha Shaver of Iroquois, Tim Hortons’ crew member Brian Hutt of Iroquois and Jeremy Benoit a porter at the centre.
This is the second Tim Hortons Camp Day since the HK Travel Centre opened. In addition to Barkley’s haircut, the staff ran various games to raise extra money in the nationwide event.
In total they raised a whopping $3,984.15 from the haircut, extra activities and donations, way more than last year and much better than their sibling stores did at Ingleside and Bainsville.
Each year Tim Horton store owners donate the money from their coffee sales on Camp Day to send economically disadvantaged children to Tim Horton Children’s Foundation Camps.
Many of the stores also run special events to top up the money raised from the sales.
Each year, more than 15,000 children enjoy the camping experience of a lifetime thanks to the generosity and support of the Tim Hortons’ owners and their customers.
“Everyone knows about Tim Hortons Camp Day, so it’s a fairly easy sell,” said Barkley who has been with HK Travel Centre for seven years.
Getting the first snip on Barkley’s haircut, was Tim Hortons’ crew member, Sarah Toonders of Williamsburg, who collected the most donations.
Barkley said she was only too happy to give up her locks so that a child could go to camp. She expected one child from the Morrisburg/Williamsburg area, would benefit as a result of the 401 Tim Horton location.
The area, of course, has the advantage of having two Tim Hortons, the second in Morrisburg where staff there ran a Silent Auction and had some festively costumed critters assisted by representatives of the O.P.P. collecting additional donations in the drive through area.