by Kate Berry
of The Weekly Staff
With a little bit of heart and ambition, anything is possible. Eleven-year-old Catelyn Fairbrother proves this to be true.
A few months ago, Cate and her mother, Krystal White, were searching online for summer camps in Maine. They both were appalled at the high prices. They believed something needed to be done so that children could attend the camp of their dreams.
“For some people, it would be an opportunity of a lifetime,” Cate said. “It could be the best time of their childhood because they get to meet new friends and learn new things.”
Catelyn created Cate’s Camp Dreams, an organization that helps raise funds for those who cannot afford to go to summer camp.
The mother-daughter duo immediately took action and set up a website and a GoFundMe page. The website catescampdreams.org has a downloadable application for those in need. The scholarships have a maximum of $500.
White was blown away by the amount of applications they already have received. They now have a waiting list.
“There’s a lot more need than what we had anticipated,” White said. “But we are plugging away at them one at a time. We just need a few more people to chip in so that we can fulfill that need.”
Those who wish to donate may send a check to: Cate’s Camp Dreams P.O. Box 242, Bangor ME 04402-0242. Using credit or debit cards, donations may sent through the GoFundMe page at gofundme.com/catescampdreams.
There are also fundraisers held around the greater Bangor area. Past fundraisers have been a lunch at Java Joe’s in Bangor and a yard sale in Brewer. The next fundraiser will be a slow-pitch softball tournament. Date and location will be announced. All the funds are sent to the bank account that Cate has set up strictly for the organization.
Catelyn has been featured on the Kids Are Heroes website. The site has a board of youngsters who nominate others around the world who are going out of their way to help the community — all under the age of 18.
“I’m not surprised by this at all,” White said. “Cate has always been a sweet and giving person. She would much rather see someone else happy than herself and that’s just the way she’s always been.”
Cate’s Camp Dreams will continue to move forward through the summer and beyond.
“There is really a big need out there. A lot of kids are waiting for help,” White said. “The more people willing to help, the more summer wishes we can grant.”