Friday, February 12, 2010

Camp TaKumTa

Every July, a very special special thing happens in Vermont - a week-long summer (sleep away) camp opens for children that have cancer. For one week of the year they get to be kids at summer camp - just kids at camp... Their counselors are all volunteers - some of them doctors - all of them amazingly strong and dedicated people. There are camp volunteers that have been there every summer for decades. The camp is funded entirely through donations - part of which comes from a huge (for Vermont standards) media blitz and telethon each winter (WOKO and KOOL 105) all so that the campers - ALL CAMPERS - attend for free.
Last year Camp TaKumTa lost the use of the Camp Holy Cross on the shores of Lake Champlain that had been their home since the camp's inception in 1984. The camp was able to find some land of their own last year, but they must build the camp from scratch. Without cabins, last summer the campers and councilors slept in large tents on loan from the Vermont National Guard - but the camp went on!

A long term goal is the construction of real cabins on the new camp site - in a turn of luck Camp TaKumTa is an entry in the Pepsi Refresh project. If they receive enough votes, the camp could win $250,000 - enough to build their cabins in time for camp this summer.

A vote will only cost you time and you may vote once per day per email address throughout the month of February. Please take a moment and vote for Camp TaKumTa. After you vote, please publish the link on your Facebook, MySpace and Twitter feeds. Email your friends - ask them to vote - and then do the same tomorrow and the next day.


Links:
Camp TaKumTa:
http://www.takumta.org

Pepsi Refresh Project:
http://www.refresheverything.com/CampTaKumTa

Local News coverage of the TKT Pepsi entry:
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1230316526250&ref=mf

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