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The public meeting of Norfolk County Council welcomed an important guest for a special ceremony on Tuesday, August 28th: Annaleise Carr, the youngest person in history to swim across Lake Ontario. The fourteen year old, born and raised between the towns of Walsh and Jericho right here in Norfolk county, was accompanied by parents, grandparents, and members of the team from Camp Trillium, a summer camp for children with cancer and their parents who are to receive the proceeds of the “young warrior’s” charity swim.
Mayor Dennis Travale spoke eloquently of the inspirational young woman, and applauded both her mental and physical tenacity, facing as she did “wind, waves and fatigue” to reach her goal. And we saw the Mayor’s soft side as he spoke of Annaleise’s “brilliant,” if somewhat humble, smile, which he seemed genuinely affected by. He personally presented a certificate of merit for the young woman’s achievements from the County, and when she was asked to speak we saw that shy but brilliant smile as she blushed and said, simply, “Thank you.”
The Silo was there and asked Annaleise just one question: “What was the most challenging aspect of this enterprise for you?” Her response was thoughtful. She said there were two parts to the answer. There was the hardest part of the swim. That was at night, when strong winds constantly blew four to five foot swells into her face. Then there was the hardest part of her fundraising campaign, both before and after the swim, wherein she has been faced a number of public speaking events. She’s still not entirely comfortable with it, but if you follow this link, I’m sure you’ll agree with us that she’s doing just fine-
Anneleise’s victory is not merely one of athletics. So far, her campaign has raised over $135, 000 for Camp Trillium. Mayor Travale encouraged all present to take their cue from this young hero and give generously, “from the heart.” To donate to Camp Trillium visit www.camptrillium.com. And don’t miss the parade to honour Annaleise in Simcoe on Monday, September 3rd at 2pm, starting at Bonnie Dr. and heading south on Norfolk St. to South Drive. CD