Raising the Children

Canoeathon honours the late Lorraine Kenny

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FOURTEEN Sioux Lookout women and children launched their canoes from the shores of Abram Lake August 21, setting forth on a canoeathon to honour the late Lorraine Kenny.

The group, which returned to Sioux Lookout Sunday, paddled together up to MacDougall Mills and back, fundraising for Raising the Children, an Aboriginal parenting Canoeathon honours the late Lorraine Kenny program developed by Kenny.

Kenny also organized and led five Sioux Lookout women’s fundraising canoeathons between 1999 and 2007. Each year she chose an organization to benefit from the donations, including the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre, Multicultural Youth Centre, and Sunset Women’s Aboriginal Circle.

“This canoeathon is in memory of her and to honour her work and her spirit,” said Florence Woolner, one of the participants.

The canoeists were in great spirits as they reached their first break stop at the Sturgeon River bridge outside of Alcona.

Passing around snacks and drinks, the group determined that, although they did not have an official tally, they had surpassed their goal of $2000.

For more information on Raising the Children, visit http:// raisingthechildren.knet.ca

Bulletin Photo/Shayla CybulskiBulletin Photo/Shayla Cybulski
The group stopped at Superior Junction for a snack break about one-third of the way into their trip.