Seniors Cruise Day organizers could use a helping hand

Donations being sought as 38th annual event comes together

Photo courtesy David Burrows.

Organizers of this year’s Sarnia Seniors Cruise, now in its 38th year, have set Monday, June 27 as the date for a program that began as the brainchild of the late Peter Henderson, a broadcaster and community advocate, and which continues to delight as many as 2,000 passengers.

The Duc D’Orleans II, docked just north of the downtown area, is where things all come together, says Marni Thomas, one of the original organizers who is still actively involved.

As in other years, a helping hand—or rather multiple helping hands—are required in order to make this event a success, says Thomas, a member of SHARE—Sarnia Handicapped Advocating for Rehabilitation and Equity.

“We really need help to make sure this year’s event is the best it can be,” says Thomas.

Steeves & Rozema, through the coordinating efforts of Caryn Taylor, is providing grilled hot dogs, salads and veggie trays, but the needs are greater than any one organization can be expected to provide.

Donations of other food items such as donuts, along with coffee would be most welcome.

Thomas says cash donations are also being sought. Insurance costs alone for the all-day cruise event are about $1,500, she says. Help with printing is also being sought.

“There is also a need for tents, tables and chairs for the entire day,” says Thomas.

There will be multiple sailings of the Duc D’Orleans II as part of the Seniors Cruise Day, beginning at 9 a.m. and every 90 minutes to at least 3 p.m. on June 27.

Anyone wishing to donate items or money to offset the cost of the cruise should contact Caryn Taylor of Steeves & Rozema, who can be reached at (519) 344-1763, ext. 306, or by email:

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