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Sharon Jarnouin’s three kids are going to camp for the first time next week, something she never got to experience growing up.
"They were so excited — they’re really looking forward to meeting new friends and being able to go away from home without mom and dad there," Jarnouin says. "Other than going to see family — my sisters — they haven’t been away from home for very long."
Her eldest daughter, Mckayla, 13, has been marking off the days on her calendar since she found out that she was going to Winkler Bible Camp.
"I’m more worried than they are," Jarnouin says. "I haven’t had them gone away for a week."
They seem more excited than anything else, but Jarnouin hopes they don’t miss her and their dad, Brandon.
Mckayla, the oldest, likes reading and horseback riding. But her mom thinks she’s more excited about playing in the water than anything else.
There’s a zip line, too. But her 10-year-old son Richard, is really into archery; he’s excited to shoot a bow-and-arrow.
Living in Rosenfeld, about 100 kilometres south of Winnipeg, the Jarnouin kids spend a lot of their time outdoors. The family lived on a small farm before they moved into town.
"They love it outside," Jarnouin says. "When we lived on the farm, they were outside from the time they woke up to the time they went to bed."
But they’ve never had a chance to go to summer camp before the Sunshine Fund made it possible this year.
"They’ve helped out a lot. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have been able to afford it; the cost was insane — any camp," she says. "I only had to pay like 10 to 20 per cent."
Her husband, who suffers from fibromyalgia, is currently on disability.
Athena, 11, and Richard both have ADHD, which makes it hard for them to do certain things.
They love lego and going to the park, but getting them out and interacting with other people is mom’s goal right now. She believes camp will allow them make new friends.
"There’s a lot of kids whose parents can’t afford to go to camp — any type of support would be great," she said about donating to the Sunshine Fund. "It’s a good idea."
Erik Pindera is a multimedia producer at the Winnipeg Free Press.
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