The Port’s third annual Community Day brings thousands of locals down to the waterfront for a day of fun and fundraising. This year’s event, sponsored by Irving Oil, raises funds for PALS (Partners Assisting Local Schools), an organization that supports children living below the poverty line in Saint John.
“PALS really helps these children access things they need. Some of these kids wouldn’t get to do activities or participate in learning opportunities without this organization. They have a genuine impact in our community and the Port recognizes that,” Jim Quinn, president and CEO of Port Saint John, said.
In 2010, Port Saint John moved to concentrate the port’s charitable giving to helping children and families in need. Annually, the Port contributes more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind donations to worthy causes in the community.
We are thrilled that PALS has been chosen as the recipient of the funds raised during the Port Saint John Community Day on June 9. It is promising to be a fun-filled day for all and we can’t wait to take part,” Deborah Fisher, PALS co-ordinator, said.
“All moneys raised will go directly to participating PALS schools to address student needs and to supplement programs and activities that support student learning.”
If you’re passing through Uptown Saint John on June 9, it would be impossible not to see and hear the excitement. The Marco Polo Cruise Terminal and Diamond Jubilee Cruise Terminal will be filled with displays and entertainment, while the parking lots will be filled with games, treats and activities.
Cotton candy and barbecued hot dogs are on the menu, with proceeds supporting PALS. There will be magicians, face painting, music and entertainment from InterAction School of Performing Arts and inflatable castles to play on. CFB Gagetown will be on site with equipment displays and camouflage-style face painting. The tugboats from Atlantic Towing will be doing a water show in the harbour. See Uptown Saint John like a tourist by taking a short ride on one of Ambassatours Big Pink Buses or stopping by the Fundy Cruise Market.
Community Day is also a learning opportunity. Port Saint John will be displaying photos and information detailing its 400-year history, as well as celebrating the 25th anniversary of cruise in Saint John.
““Community Day is a chance for citizens in Saint John to support a great cause and get to know the Port better. Our doors are open to the community and we’ll be welcoming people for fun, a bite to eat and an opportunity to learn more about what we do. We can’t wait to see everyone out on June 9.”
Aquila Tours will offer shuttle service to and from the site beginning at 10:30 a.m. They will be picking people up at the Carleton Community Centre, followed by Centennial School, and bringing them to the Port. Shuttles run continuously until 2:30 p.m. when the last one departs.
Come down for an afternoon of fun and food at the Port.