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A Zumbamega-party, hosted last Saturday by VankleekHill resident Louise Stephen- son, sawnearly 100 participants dancing in the rain to raise over $13,000 to help build Sacha’s Park. !e participants, who wore the capes and costumes of their favourite super heroes, weren’t deterred by the light rain that came down throughout the event, which was held on the outdoor rink at the Vankleek Hill arena. Many commented that the opportu- nity to dance in the rain added to the overall fun and ambiance of the evening. !e event, dubbed the We Got!e Power - Zumba Fundraiser for Sacha’s Park , fea- tured Zumba instructors from as far away as Ottawa andMontreal, who were on hand to assist Louise Stephenson in leading the community support since it was announced this past March. !e park, once built, will be one of the most inclusive playgrounds in Canada and feature items that will allow children of all abilities to play together. ! !e Chénier family were on hand for the event and were overjoyed by the continued community support. Jason Chenier, Sacha’s father, expressed the family’s gratitude. “We are so touched by this wonderful event that Lou put together. It’s amazing to see somany people come out in support of what we are trying to do. !e community as a whole is really getting behind this project, and it is heartwarming to see.” !e evening’s event concluded with an emotional "nal dance number to Sacha’s favourite song, Over!e Rainbow , by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. Before leaving, the parti- cipants came together for a big group hug, as a balloon, released in memory of Sacha, gently #oated into the night sky.

crowd through two hours of Latin- and inter- national-rhythm inspired dance numbers. !e instructors were joined at various points throughout the event by sponsored dancers, includingmembers of the Hawkesbury OPP detachment. In addition to the dancing, acti- vities included face painting, photo booth, door prizes and a silent auction. !e funds raised will go towards the purchase of equipment for Sacha’s Park, a universally accessible playground project to be built in L’Orignal in memory of Sacha Chénier.!e project, being spearheaded by Sacha’s family who have donated land for the project, has received enthusiastic support frommembers of the Champlain Township council. !e proposal has also seen broad

!e Chenier family accepting a cheque fromLouise Stephenson (photo credit: Bruce Toombs).

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