Camp Triumph makes final cut in national contest

Stephen Brun
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Malpeque -

Camp Triumph is one step closer to getting a big helping hand to build a new lodge.

The Malpeque non-profit camp, which hosts children whose parents or family members have a chronic or terminal illness, is one of 25 finalists in the nation-wide Aviva Community Fund contest.

The insurance company is offering a top prize of $250,000 to the finalist it deems to have the most worthy idea to change a community for the better.

Over 2 million Canadians voted online for the first four rounds of the contest, and now a panel of judges that includes Ben Mulroney and Canadian football great Michael "Pinball" Clemons will decide on the big winner.

The winners will be announced on Jan. 25.

Kathi Sheriko and her sons Jordan and Matt founded Camp Triumph five years ago after Kathi's husband passed away from brain cancer.

"We wanted to take the bad experience we had and turn it into something positive," said Matt earlier this month. "At the camp you have kids with similar experiences who can relate to each other."

To follow the contest results, visit www.avivacommunityfund.org.

Organizations: Aviva Community Fund

Geographic location: Jordan

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