The roar of motorcycles rolled through Linacy last week as dozens of bikes lined up then rolled out to Scotian Glen Camp near Frank H. MacDonald school to bring a smile to the faces of Camp Connect campers, a camp for kids and adults who have burn scars or wounds.
The brigade of bikers that stop by the camp each year for the last five years to show off their bikes and give rides is a highlight of the week for campers.
The camp brings burn survivors together to have fun, bond, and hear others stories about their life dealing with burn scars and wounds. Campers range in age from six right up to adults and the camp includes everything from crafts, beach trips, trips to local parks, group meetings, a firefighter fun day and sharing stories.
“This gives them the opportunity to meet another child,” said Dave Collier, camp director.
Many of the children that attend may have never met another child with burn scars before. For many of the attendees, it is an important and much looked forward to week of the year. The camp gives kids and teenagers a chance to talk with adults who have gone through the same things and often gets the adults to open up as well when children ask their story.
During the rally before all heading to the camp to meet up with the kids, the bikers gathered at the Linacy Fire Hall for a barbecue, door prizes and presentations. Some local clubs donated funds to the camp as well, including the local Jeep club, the Road Dogs and the Red Knights. Municipal councillor Peter Boyles presented Steve Stewart and his wife Dee with a certificate of thanks for organizing the rally every year and the years of hard work they have put into the event.
Susan Picco and other members of the Tri County Riders, based primarily out of Tatamagouche, drove to Linacy on their bikes for the event that they heard about through other bikers. For some of the group, it was their first time participating and others have been attending for about three year.
Picco said she is touched by “the smiles on the kids’ faces and when they see the bikes coming in and get to ride on them.”
County Councillor Peter Boyles, left, presents Dee and Steve Stewart, organizers of the event that sees dozens of motorcycles ride to Camp Connect each year, with certificates of appreciation for their dedication and time running the event. (Brimicombe photo)