OPTIMIST CAMEL RACES
Local residents and business owners showcased their creativity and passion for the community in support of some great causes at the 2nd Annual, Optimist Club of Milton Camel Races. Th e event took place on November 1st, and the crowd at RattleSnake Point Golf Course was clearly excited about the Movie theme. With prizes for best dressed, even the Camel sponsors got in on the action and dressed up like characters from 101 Dalmatians, Cinderella, Greased Lightening and Pirates of the Caribbean.
42 Camels, sponsored by local businesses, were decorated as movie characters ranging from Batman and Pink Panther to Clark Griswold and Queen Elsa. The award for Best Dressed Camel went to Pirate Jack Sparrow owned by realtor Linda Schouten. “I think he looks like Johnny Depp, and who doesn’t love him?” Schouten said. No detail of the costume was overlooked as the camel sported an eye patch, bandana, Kraken rum and a treasure chest full of pirate booty.
Attendees were encouraged to vote for their favourite camel by ‘feeding’ it with donations. In the end, Elliot from the classic movie E.T. owned by Bang! Creative Communications was selected as the Most Popular Camel. Once the races got underway the Camel Bucks traded hands quickly and betting fi lled the room with friendly competition. “Being a referee is the most fun,” said Bruce Nicholson, a 29 year Optimist member.
At the end of 10 races, The Incredible Hulk owned by Reebok CrossFit FirePower was crowned the Fastest Camel of the night.Optimist Club President Keith Lampson commented that, “the money raised will stay in Milton and support local kids, and the event wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of the community and Camel owners.” This year’s races raised more than $10,000 for the Lighthouse Program for Grieving Children, ROCK (Reach Out Centre for Kids), Food4Kids and other Milton Optimist Youth Programs. Food4Kids is a local organization that provides children with healthy food packages every Friday to ensure they have nourishment over the weekend. “We all know what it’s like to be hungry and no kid should go without food. Being able to bring this program to children in Milton last year was truly amazing,” said Optimist Member and Food4Kids volunteer, Arturo Figliomeni.
The Optimist mission is ‘to provide hope and positive vision, and bring out the best in kids’. The Camel Race volunteers and event participants are shining examples of the passion and commitment for supporting youth in Milton, and they’re already looking forward to next year.More information about the annual Camel Race is available at www.miltoncamelrace.ca. To learn more about the Optimist Club of Milton and the youth programs they support visit http://www.optimistclubofmilton.org.