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A favourite camp memory

Amaya can't wait to return after last year's goodbye

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Cory Kowal with his daughter, Amaya, who can go to camp this summer thanks to the Sunshine Fund. For more information regarding the Sunshine Fund, call 1-204-784-1130 or email sunshinefund@mbcamping.ca.

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Cory Kowal with his daughter, Amaya, who can go to camp this summer thanks to the Sunshine Fund. For more information regarding the Sunshine Fund, call 1-204-784-1130 or email sunshinefund@mbcamping.ca. Photo Store

If you're looking for Amaya Kowal, 10, she can be found running through a sprinkler, or spraying the neighbours with the water hose in her backyard.

This summer, Amaya will be putting her bathing suit on again, only this time she'll have all of Lake of the Woods to use as her backyard.

With the help of the Sunshine Fund, Amaya will be going to the YMCA of Winnipeg's Camp Stephens in Kenora.

Amaya's favourite outdoor activities include canoeing and roasting marshmallows by the campfire.

"I love camp, it's so much fun to go, everybody is so nice to you," said the fourth grader. "You get to hang out with people you've never met before."

But Amaya's favourite camp memory happened last year during her final weekend at camp.

"We had a huge party. We played games and the leaders played guitar, and we sang along," she said. "I have so many favourite memories, it's hard to pick."

The Sunshine Fund has allowed Amaya to go to Camp Stephens for the past three years. Her father, Cory Kowal, is grateful.

"I'm a medical student, so I don't have money," said Kowal. "It's nice I don't have to use any loan money to send her to camp."

Amaya wants to keep going to Camp Stephens until she can work there.

"I want to be a camp counsellor, too. It would be super fun," she said.

If you'd like to help send kids like Amaya to camp, send cheques to the Winnipeg Free Press Sunshine Fund at 302-960 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R3G 0R4.

Charitable tax receipts will be issued for donations.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 22, 2013 B2

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