Quesnel and area seniors can soon sign up for Rotary’s 53rd annual Seniors’ Trek to Barkerville, slated for Thursday, Sept. 8. Rotarian Ron Paull reports that signup sheets will be available at the Quesnel Seniors’ Centre and the Golden Centre starting Wednesday, Aug. 17 on a first come, first served basis until all 110 seats on two charter busses are spoken for.
Due to the new arena construction, buses will depart at 9:30 a.m. from Kinchant Street, in front of the Legion, but attendees must sign up in advance. Following an hour of fun and fellowship on the Cariboo Waggon Road, the entourage will be treated to lunch in Barkerville and seats at the famed Theatre Royal. After the show, everyone will have time to enjoy tea and sweets in Barkerville’s restaurants while poking about the shops and exhibits. Of course, the usual loaf of sourdough bread from Goldfields Bakery will be high on many a shopper’s list. The day will be capped off with the annual group photo in front of St. Savior’s Church. The buses are scheduled to arrive back at the Legion in the Gold Pan City around 4:30 p.m.
Quesnel Rotary Club president Kathy Somerville is hoping to accompany the seniors on their outing.
“Rotary has been hosting local seniors to Barkerville for more than 50 years and this continues as a wonderful way for our club to recognize and honour the contributions our seniors have made to the betterment of our great community.” she said.
Paull says this annual outing for seniors is the most enjoyable and rewarding aspect of his Rotary service. He encourages local seniors 65+ who wish to participate in the trip to sign up as soon as the signup sheets are available on Aug. 17.
“Our club is committed to continuing this annual outing for our seniors,” Paull said.
“Our charity fund, with assistance from a Province of British Columbia gaming grant pays most of the bills for the outing, but the charter bus company, Barkerville Town, Barkerville restaurants and Theatre Royal all give us a break, which we truly appreciate.”
He can be contacted at 250 991 9009, or any Rotarian can direct enquiries to organizing committee members.