A camp that eases the burden on children during difficult times is hoping for its own leg up through a national contest.
For the past five summers, Camp Triumph in Malpeque has been hosting kids whose family members have chronic or terminal illnesses.
The camp's directors recently entered a contest run by the insurance company Aviva in which it could win up to $250,000 to build a new lodge.
The camp is one of 62 remaining entries vying for the top prize in the Aviva Community Fund contest. Based on public votes, the entries will be narrowed down to 25 finalists that will then be scrutinized by a panel of judges.
Camp Triumph is sitting around the cutoff mark of 25 during the current round of voting, said the camp's assistant director Matt Sheriko.
While the camp moved around to different areas on the Island for its first few years, last summer it leased a parcel of land from the provincial government near Cabot Beach, giving Camp Triumph a permanent home.
A dining hall was soon constructed and the Holland College carpentry program at Slemon Park is building cabins this winter.
The camp hosted over 180 kids from around the Maritimes this past summer, and would like to build the new lodge so they don't have to turn anyone away.
Camp Triumph is volunteer-run and doesn't charge fees for its summer programs, so it relies entirely on donations and fundraising.
To learn more about Camp Triumph's bid and to register to vote in Aviva's Community Fund contest, visit www.avivacommunityfund.org.
Voting for the current round closes at 1 a.m. AST, Dec. 17. Winners will be announced Jan. 25, 2010.