by JENNY GREEN
On Sunday, January 29, the community of Camrose was treated to its annual Rocky Road Ice Cream Fantasy. Founded by students in 1993 with the goal of helping a charity while creating an event for the city’s youth to enjoy, this event is now run by the Residence Life team. Clad in crimson t-shirts provided, dozens of volunteers from all corners of Augustana came out and helped with the event.
Children of all ages as well as parents, grandparents, and other community members joined in on the fun at the various stations within the Augustana gymnasium. From the event’s beginning at one o’clock to its wrap up at four, children created beaver crafts, indulged in ice cream, and had their faces painted. Other stations included the rock climbing wall, an obstacle course as well as parachute games. In addition, prizes were won by lucky guests and silent auction items were bid on and sold. Overall, the festival proved to be a major success.
Resident Supervisor, Rob Ford, who has been a part of organizing the ice cream festival “since the beginning” believes that events like this are critical for building relationships outside of campus.
“Being involved in community events are crucial for building connections between the Augustana community and the Camrose community. Connecting people helps to break down stereotypes and friction points between communities and individuals.”
When questioned on his hopes for the festival’s future, he noted: “I hope for a robust event that continues to engage students in planning and volunteering for the event while demonstrating support for the community we are part of.”
Since 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Canada’s birth, the earnings of the event will be donated to the National Center for Truth and Reconciliation to support educating others on residential schools.
While proceeds were designated for this worthy cause, the event also amassed contributions to another deserving source. According to Hall Coordinator and Head of Sponsorship Committee, Deanna Funk, “we had 2 1/2 shopping carts of Food Bank donations and $120 of monetary donations for the Food Bank as well.”
Who knew ice cream could be so rewarding?