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In addition, more than 50 snowboard industry sponsors donate money, gear and facilities to the campers. Local sponsors include Whistler-Blackcomb, Showcase Snowboards, Westbeach and The Circle. Camp CARE is also the official charity of the annual Vans Warped Tour "punk rock summer camp".

Landau first came up with the idea for camp CARE four years ago after agreeing to meet kids from a group home on the slopes for an hour and a half: "On the chairlift, they started telling me stories about their lives and the horrible things they've gone through. I ended up spending the whole day with them, listening to them and watching them have fun. I didn't understand why somebody didn't love these beautiful kids, and wondered if there was a way to bring some joy to their lives."

After a year of putting in 90-hour weeks, camp CARE was up and running, with Landau handling all the arrangements. She has had volunteers help here and there with the administrative details over the years, but the bulk of the growing organizational workload is still on her.

If you're interested in volunteering time or making a donation, you can reach Landau at her e-mail address: campcare@yahoo.com. High school and University volunteers may even be eligible to receive credit for their work.

Camp CARE is also looking for Whistler businesses to donate accommodations for the Jan. 22-23 weekend for between 10 and 12 campers. Food and some kind of entertainment for the group on Saturday night are also needed.

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