Pay it forward

The Cobourg Waterfront Festival is a major fundraiser for the Rotary Club and Lions Club of Cobourg. Over the years the clubs have contributed millions of dollars to community efforts. Below is a partial list of the investments made in the community by the clubs.

Lions Club of Cobourg

Northumberland Hills Hospital 

  • Hospital (Building Fund) $405,000

  • Picnic Pavilion (Victoria Park) $180,000

  • Baltimore Arena Fund $100,000

  • Cobourg Hospital Foundation $59,000

  • Cobourg YMCA $25,000

  • Services for Women $40,000

  • Lions Soccer Fields $50,000

  • Army Cadets start up & continuing support $78,000

  • Library Building Fund $20,000

  • Habitat for Humanity Housing $20,000

  • Cobourg Minor Hockey $10,000

  • Salvation Army Van Donation $5,000

  • St John Ambulance Trailer $5,000

This event is the major fundraiser for the Lions Club of Cobourg. Since its inception the club has donated over $1.2 million in community projects. The club also provides operational funding for a long list of community organizations including but not limited to, the CNIB, Leader Dogs, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Vision Screening for local school children, Cobourg minor hockey, Army Cadets and the Cobourg YMCA.


All of the net proceeds from the Cobourg Waterfront Festival are returned to the community to foster development and improve the quality of life for our citizens, thereby fulfilling the Lions motto "We Serve".

Rotary Club of Cobourg

The money raised by Cobourg Rotary Club is used to support a wide variety of local community groups and projects; the club also supports education, literacy, health and sanitation projects overseas. Many members travel overseas on "sweat equity" projects and through the Rotary Foundation the club contributes to Rotary International's major project - the global eradication of polio.

C. Gordon King Centre - Cobourg Public Library

Annual donations from the club total well over two hundred thousand dollars a year. Money raised by Rotary and donated to local causes include:

  • Northumberland Hills Hospital: $800,000.00

  • Cobourg Community Centre: $300,000.00

  • Cobourg Public Library: $100,000.00

  • $15,000 to Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre.

  • $3,000 to the Northumberland United Way's Backpack for Kids program.

  • $1,415 to assist with the purchase of part of a lift system needed to care for a ten year old boy in Cobourg.

  • $3,500 to the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, 598 Sabre Squadron, to assist with the operating expenses

  • $6,451 to the Learning Disabilities Association of Peterborough for computers for their Learning Development Program.

  • $7,407.36 to Camp Enterprise (

  • $587 towards the repair of a furnace for an elderly woman.

  • $500 a year for five years for fees for a child to join La Jeunesse Choir.

  • $1,489 for the purchase of an electric wheel chair for an MS patient in Cobourg.

  • $750 to assist with funding for a special bed and mattress for a MS patient in Colborne.