Piper, 10, and Cooper, 8 – along with dog, Beckett – have their tent set up in preparation for the April 25 BC Stay-at-Home Campout, a fundraising event spearheaded by the pair’s mom, Kelly. The camping campaign aims to raise money for the BC Centre of Disease Control Emergency Response Fund. (Contributed photo)

South Surrey resident creates ‘Stay-at-Home Campout’ to support COVID-19 efforts

Event scheduled for April 25 aims to help BC Centre for Disease Control Emergency Response Fund

In an effort to support ongoing COVID-19 eradication efforts, a South Surrey family is proposing a province-wide camping campaign – but with an important caveat:

That campers don’t leave their own properties.

South Surrey resident Kelly Tarry has created The BC Stay-at-Home Campout, which is scheduled for April 25 and will serve as a fundraiser for the BC Centre for Disease Control Emergency Response Fund.

“We are asking all families across BC to join us in this campout; from their own yard, driveway, van or even living room/basement,” Tarry told Peace Arch News by email.

To participate, campers are asked to pay a $5 fee that is paid directly to the event’s fundraising page (https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/the-bc-stay-at-home-campout).

Afterward, campers can join the campaign’s official Facebook group (www.facebook.com/groups/theBCStayatHomeCampout), where participants are posting photos of their own camping set-ups, as well as ideas from elsewhere – everything from how to set up a van for an overnight stay to how to make indoor child-sized hammocks that hang underneath a dining room table.

The Facebook group – which was created last week – has more than 60 members, while the fundraising page had raised $415 as of Monday morning.

The group aims to raise $1,000 through the endeavour.

Tarry told PAN that the idea for the campout was inspired by a similar fundraiser done in the U.K. that was “hugely successful.”

“I know that if enough people hear about this event, we could raise a lot of money for the cause that is impacting everyone and build awareness of the importance of staying at home,” she said.



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