Ewen James Cameron (right) and his slashing crew colleagues gear up for the Lumberjack/Jill fundraiser at Silver Star’s Saloon Saturday.

Ewen James Cameron (right) and his slashing crew colleagues gear up for the Lumberjack/Jill fundraiser at Silver Star’s Saloon Saturday.

Lumberjacks lend support

Lumberjack/Jill fundraiser at Silver Star Saturday supports children

Mackinaw jacket-wearing, sawdust-covered, chainsaw oil-smelling supporters are coming out of the woodworks.

Silver Star’s Saloon is hosting a Lumberjack/Jill fundraiser Saturday in support of educating underprivileged kids.

The themed event is a cut off the old block of a local man’s charity parties.

Ewen James Cameron has been hosting themed fundraisers for a couple years now, ever since a phone call he received from the B.C. Blind Sports and Recreation Association.

“Two years ago I received a call from a person asking if I had time to listen to what she had to say about the charity she worked for,” said Cameron,  a native of Scotland who now lives and works up at Silver Star and is consistently involved with charity work. “As it turned out I wasn’t in a rush so I listened and really liked what the charity worked towards.

“I told her that I had some recycling money that I could donate, then figured out I could do way better.”

So Cameron organized the first annual Fancy-dress Fundraiser at his house with a rubik’s cube theme. Last year he hosted a black and white party with the money going towards a couple local having difficulty in their pregnancy.

“The theme this year is Lumberjack/Jill and with the help of Silver Star, the Saloon, and the very generous community around Vernon, it’ll hopefully dwarf the money earned in the previous years,” said Cameron.

This year’s cause of choice is Janie’s School – a project to have a school built in Cambodia.

“A friend of mine (Jennifer Begg) from back in school unfortunately lost her mother recently and, as her mother was always very involved in education, Jennifer has taken on the challenge of building a school in rural Cambodia providing a safe environment for children less fortunate than ourselves to learn and grow in,” said Cameron.

The school is named after Jennifer’s mother – Janie. For more information on the project, visit www.janiesschool.org.

The Lumberjack/Jill fundraiser gets underway at 9 p.m. at the Saloon Saturday. A portion of the kitchen proceeds will be going to the cause, along with the $5 cover charge to get in.

DJ Boff will keeping all the burly men and women on the dance floor and prizes will be awarded throughout the night.

For more information contact Cameron at ewenjcameron@hotmail.com.