Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
BC Gov't News
Chilliwack Curling and Cheam Skating clubs to receive gaming grants
Released by the BC Gov't Caucus/Voice file
wo local sports organizations in Chilliwack are receiving more than $66,000 in support thanks to Community Gaming Grants announced Chilliwack MLA John Martin.
“The Cheam Skating club has been a proud member of the Chilliwack community since 1968 and has helped thousands of children learn to skate,” said Cheam Figure Skating Club treasurer Gerald Unruh. “We offer a wide range of programs that start with the beginning stages of skating right to highly competitive figure skating. Without the support received from Community Gaming Grants we would not be able to serve as many youth as we do with the highest level of professional instruction.”
“Our club has been in operation for 63 years and the members demonstrate their dedication to the sport by volunteering over 6,200 hours of their time to keep the club running each year," said Chilliwack Curling Club representative Lenneke Bowles. "These volunteers run our Little Rocker and Junior programs, host clinics for new curlers, run the snack bar, maintain the plant, repair the building and so much more. It is this strong commitment by the club members, along with the grants we receive, that makes curling in Chilliwack an affordable fitness alternative."
“Both of these organizations promote an active lifestyle for people of all ages,” said Martin. “Recreation is the key to good health both mentally and physically.”
These grants have been awarded under the sport category of the Community Gaming Grant Program, which allows non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Gaming Grants are also awarded in the categories of Arts and Culture, Public Safety, Environment and Human and Social Services.
In the 2012/13 fiscal year, our government distributed a total of $135 million in gaming grants for eligible community programs and services.
Organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants can find full application information at pssg.gov.bc.ca/gaming.
Cheam Figure Skating Club $32,000
Chilliwack Curling Club $34,700
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