Girls Night INN

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Making Waves Boatel is very proud to host “Girls Night INN”. It’s a unique opportunity for the three girls (ages 9 -14) to experience a mini vacation with their mothers aboard Toronto’s only Boat Bed and Breakfast. It’s meant to be a time away from everyday challenges of living with cancer to experience a weekend of fun.

About the Retreat Weekend

Friday night kicks off the weekend with reception dinner aboard the Boatel for the girls and moms to get to know each other. Dinner is  provided by Williams Fresh Café  located at 245 Queens Quay West.

Girls Day Out. On Saturday morning, after a leisurely breakfast the girls will each receive a complementary pass courtesy of City Sightseeing Toronto for a full tour of the city aboard a  hop-on-hop off bus. We’ll do a stop at the Bata Shoe Museum  to see the latest shoe exhibit and tour the museum. Our friends at Mariposa Cruises also donated tickets for each of the girls for a boat cruise of Toronto harbour.  On our way back to the Boatel we’ll stop off at Lick it Gelato for some of the best Gelato in the city. Yes we are having ice cream before dinner because this weekend is about breaking some rules and having fun.  After a busy day of sightseeing the girls will get a chance to relax onboard the Boatel with pizza sponsored by Pizzaiolo and a night of board games and giggles.

Wonderful welcome gifts have been donated by our local Shoppers Drug Mart at 390 Queens Quay and BBCanada.  We also have some special donations from the good people at Million Dollar Smiles. They raise money (by selling chocolates) and build playgrounds for children with cancer in their backyards. They will definitely put smiles on all the girls faces when they arrive at the Boatel. On Sunday morning everyone will say goodbye, but our hopes are that a bond of friendship will be formed that will last well past this weekend retreat.

We want offer a special thanks to Via Rail Canada for being our transportation partner and  providing the train tickets for each of our participants. When we discovered a need for an afternoon train on Friday from Barrie to Toronto, Metrolinx came to the rescue and offered $50 PRESTO cards for the GO Train.  Funds are often really tight for many families due to the heavy demands of time off work and  traveling to cancer hospital for treatment, hotels and additional expenses sometimes for months or years on end.

I personally reached out to each one of the organizations listed on this page and they immediately jumped on board to help. Our thanks to for helping us with the media relations work and Icopy Express for taking care of our printing needs. All of the Sponsors mentioned here have donated 100% of their product or service. Our heartfelt thank you to each of them.

Our Goal 

Our goal was to create a special weekend retreat for three young girls living with Cancer and to raise money and awareness of childhood cancer. When you think of cancer you do not immediately think of children. Did you know that the average age of a child diagnosed with childhood cancer is six?  And there is a 1 in 5 chance that child will not survive.

Childhood Cancer Canada was founded in 1987, and is the country’s leading Foundation dedicated entirely to the fight against childhood cancer. Their goal is to improve the lives of children with cancer and their families through vital support programs and investment in collaborative cancer research.

Our goal is to raise $2500 for Childhood Cancer Canada. We ask that you please donate to help us meet our goal and help these children living with cancer.

We thank you for helping us make a difference.

 Diane & Captain Ted Greene

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About Diane Greene

Diane Greene stepped off the corporate treadmill in 2004 for pursue a life of traveling and adventure. 10 years later she is still operating Toronto's only Boat Bed and Breakfast and travelling with her husband on Boatel, their 65 foot trawler in the US and Bahamas during the winter. Diane has three wonderful children and 3 grandbabies. Diane loves photography, travel and scuba diving.

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