Sun shines on charity cruise


On June 10th, the Galop-Canal Revitalization Project committee hosted a charity cruise aboard the Sea Fox II.

When all was said and done, the charity cruise raised $2,500 for the Galop-Canal Revitalization Project.

At just $35 per ticket for the two-hour long dining cruise along the St. Lawrence River, the cruise was sold out quickly and organizers had to turn people away.

The cruise included dinner courtesy of Hanne Rycroft and Carl McIntyre of the Basket Case Café as well as live entertainment, including the band Ruckus who volunteered their time and talent for the event.

Staying true to the purpose of the cruise, a live auction featuring 54 donated items created quite a stir. A private behind-the-scenes tour of Parliament Hill with SD&SG MP Guy Lauzon sold for $250. 

Iroquois United Church Reverend Janet Evans and Paul Robertson of the Iroquois Matilda Lions Club volunteered their services as auctioneers for the event.

In addition to ticket sales and auction revenues, the charity raised $290 in 50/50 Draw sales. The winner, a newcomer to the area, won the draw and then donated her winnings back to the charity.

To capture the moment, photographer Lori Cook of Just the Way You Are Photography was on hand to take pictures.

McIntyre pointed out that “when council and the dedicated group of volunteers work together they can make anything happen.”

McIntyre was referring to the recent issues with the Morrisburg Dock and council’s decision to allow Captain Neeteson to proceed with the cruises, docking at the Morrisburg Wharf.

“Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could keep this going for our community,” asked Rycroft. “Think of the economic spin-off that this could generate.”

In addition to raising money to aid in the “restoration and revitalization of the Iroquois Galop Canal and area,” Rycroft was referring to the inevitable benefits that come with encouraging tourism into the area.

So far, the Galop-Canal Revitalization committee has cleaned up the shoreline and cleared the way for locals and tourists to once again enjoy the St. Lawrence River along the Iroquois shoreline.

“We just need the rest of the community to participate and come up with some ideas,” said Rycroft.

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