Alhambra aids those with disabilities with help of boaters

 

A group from Amherstburg prepares to leave on a boating outing Saturday morning. The outing was sponsored by the McGregor-based service club Alhambra Garcia Caravan #230 and Park Haven Marina.

A group from Amherstburg prepares to leave on a boating outing Saturday morning. The outing was sponsored by the McGregor-based service club Alhambra Garcia Caravan #230 and Park Haven Marina.

Staff and those supported by Community Living Essex County (CLEC) get a boat ride as part of a special boating day. The event was presented at Park Haven Marina by Alhambra Garcia Caravan #230 out of McGregor.

Staff and those supported by Community Living Essex County (CLEC) get a boat ride as part of a special boating day. The event was presented at Park Haven Marina by Alhambra Garcia Caravan #230 out of McGregor.

Darlene Radigan and Donald Couch of Amherstburg were two of the over 225 people that enjoyed Saturday's boating event presented by Alhambra Garcia Caravan #230 at Park Haven Marina.

Darlene Radigan and Donald Couch of Amherstburg were two of the over 225 people that enjoyed Saturday’s boating event presented by Alhambra Garcia Caravan #230 at Park Haven Marina.

By RTT Staff

 

A local service club assisted with giving those with physical and intellectual disabilities an outing last Saturday with the aid of a LaSalle marina.

The Alhambra Garcia Caravan #230, based out of McGregor, teamed with Park Haven Marina in LaSalle on the weekend to provide those with disabilities a chance to go out on boats for tour of part of the Detroit River. Caroline Annett, who organized the event on behalf of Alhambra, said they received support from numerous local businesses in the Amherstburg and LaSalle areas in helping to present the outing.

Roughly 300 people, most of whom were staff and those supported by Community Living Essex County (CLEC), were part of the event. Roughly 15 boats were used in helping to give those with disabilities a free day on the water.

Bob Walker, owner of Park Haven Marina, said the event was started there 25 years ago.

Richard Prieur, commander of the local Alhambra group, said it is the organization’s mandate to work with people with disabilities. The group also holds a picnic in June at Co-An Park and a Christmas Party in December at the McGregor K of C Hall.

“We’re always looking for new members to keep these events going,” added Annett.

John Cooper, a person supported by CLEC, was glad to be part of the boating day.

“I like to have a lot of fun,” said Cooper. “I came out and had a good time.”

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