BLAKE WOLFE The Standard
SCUGOG: The Rotary Club of Port Perry is looking to make another big splash for charity this month, when the 2013 edition of the club’s popular Aquarama fundraiser takes over the Port Perry shoreline for its 20th anniversary.
The annual summer event returns to Palmer Park on Sunday, Aug. 18. Twenty teams of up to five riders will hit the waters of Lake Scugog for some friendly competition, zipping around a course on a personal watercraft. No experience is necessary, however, riders need to raise at least $100 in pledges.
As of Aug. 1, space is still available for seven more teams to register. Single riders can be added to a team as space allows.
Prizes, trophies and medals will be awarded to teams and riders in a variety of categories, including Highest Individual Pledges Collected, Fastest Team Time, ‘Spledge’ (team time minus 10 seconds for each $100 collected), Fastest Individual Time, Highest Team Pledges, Most Unusual Ride and Most Amusing Costume. This year’s event will also feature a barbecue and live music.
With more than $180,000 generated for various local charities and Rotary Club initiatives, Aquarama chair Steve Gajewski said that to commemorate the event’s 20th anniversary, he hopes to see donations top the $200,000 mark. In 2012 alone, riders helped raise $8,346 for charity.
This year, in addition to funding local charitable goals such as the Lake Scugog Camp, Mr. Gajewski said that the club is also focusing on raising funds to eliminate polio in the developing world, a project the Port Perry club has been involved in over the last few years.
"We’re looking forward to a fun day, and this year the weeds aren’t looking too bad," said Mr. Gajewski, referring to the cause of the odd Aquarama cancellation over the years.
John Mackie and Port Perry Marina will once again be donating the watercraft and assistance in making the event a success, as he has since the first Aquarama in 1993.
Riders can download registration and pledge forms at www.aquarama.ca. Forms can also be picked up at Taylor Forder Insurance at 169 North St.
For more information on how to get involved, visit Aquarama’s web site at www.aquarama.ca or call Mr. Gajewski at 905-852-8008.
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