Thursday, August 4, 2011

Camp Jake update

Over the last few months, we have been blogging with excitement about the creation of The Red Thread Promise’s Camp Jake, a unique and wonderful retreat for the orphans at St. Vincent’s Center for Handicapped Children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Our camp director, Tom, and volunteers have spent an amazing amount of time and energy planning, fundraising and recruiting volunteers to make this an incredibly memorable experience for the 33 kids who will attend.

Sometimes, the best laid plans get detoured. The planning, fundraising and excitement for Camp Jake continue at a remarkable pace, however the inaugural Camp will now be held in December 2011 instead of August as anticipated.

In addition to negotiating a maze of red tape, our camp director has received news that some close family members have serious health issues that must be given his complete attention. And so, in the last few days, we have come to understand the need to delay opening the Camp for a few months. The decision was difficult, but it is imperative to The Red Thread Promise Board of Trustees and everyone involved, that Camp Jake be a resounding success.

While December seems far away, it is only a few short months that will be filled with additional planning and fundraising, collecting supplies, firming up volunteers, booking flights, securing hotels and so on. We plan to deliver the best possible camp to these extraordinary children who deserve only the best!

We are so grateful to everyone’s hard work and hope you will understand and not be discouraged by this slight delay. Please continue your efforts to make Camp Jake the most wonderful experience for the kids of Haiti!

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