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Peterborough's weekend of caring

May 19th, 2017

Camille Parent is the city's fifth "roofer" to raise money for a good cause.

Parent, 58, was hoisted atop Arby's rooftop by the fire department as part of Peterborough Cares.

The seventh annual event is a fundraising initiative that supports efforts to raise money and awareness for various charities.

There are three fundraisers happening locally over the weekend. Morello's Independent Grocer in the east end is raising money Leukaemia and Lymphoma Society, the Electric City Maroon and White, a special needs hockey team, is fundraising for its team at Giant Tiger on Highway 28, and Parent is collecting cash at Arby's for YES Shelter for Youth and Families

It's Parent's first year spending time on a rooftop for the initiative, which is something he never thought he'd do - he's afraid of heights.

But he was doing just fine on Friday afternoon.

"I'm loving it, it's fun," said the Peterborough Cares founder and CEO from Arby's rooftop.

Unlike some of the others who've gone before him, Parent isn't spending the night. He's doing day shifts this time around.

Al Harding was the city's first resident to spend a weekend on a roof in 1994. He raised money for Easter Seals by camping out more than a dozen times on top of Lansdowne Street's Canadian Tire.

Then Ted Dawes took to Morello's rooftop for several years, raising funds for the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Society.

Paul Rellinger has been going up on The Brick's rooftop for the last seven years. He raises money for the local Habitat for Humanity.

Parent's wife, Penny, also did a stint atop Sears' roof once, in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.

And now it's Camille's turn.

After spending a few hours on top of Arby's, he said he knows he's ready to spend an entire weekend up there next year.

And Penny is already looking forward to that, he said.

"Our wives, I think, like it when we go. It gives them a break."