Sunday May 29, 2011

Community News

Getting The Jump On Life

Canadian Tire helps kids get into sports with Jumpstart

Staff/Voice file photo of the Chilliwack River


id you know that if your child can't do things like swim or skate, their self-confidence and self-esteem may suffer as a result? According to experts, aside from keeping physically active, sports teaches kids some of the leadership skills they will need to increase their chances of success in life.

Each year, Canadian Tire stores across Canada participate in Jumpstart Day, an fundraising initiative to help low-income families get their kids into sports and recreational activities by covering the cost of equipment, registration and transportation.

This year, the company's goal is to help 30,000 kids, and for ever $1 donated, Canadian Tire will triple it.

According to Canadian Tire's website, 1-in-3 families across the country can't afford to get their kid involved in sports. Through the Jumpstart program, the company has helped 330,000 kids across the country get involved in sports.

Kids from 4 to 18 years of age can choose from more than 60 sports and recreation activities that the program supports such as: hockey, swimming, soccer, basketball, dance, yoga, climbing and martial arts.

Despite a light rain in Chilliwack, carloads of interested folks dropped by Canadian Tire Saturday to take part in the annual fundraiser at the Vedder Rd. store.

Kiosks were setup housing Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley, the YMCA and the Fraser Valley Salmon Society, the Fire Department and the RCMP. Pacific All-Star Cheerleaders put on demonstrations and the 4-H Dog Club had an obstacle course setup for pet owners to run their canine pals through.

How To Apply

Applications for assistance can be submitted from Jan. 15 – June 1 for spring/summer programs, and from July 1 – Nov. 15 for fall/winter programs.

Call 1-877-616-6600 and have contact information and the details of the sport or recreational activity your child would like to participate in handy for operators.

Applicants will be contacted if they are approved or if further information is required.

The Canadian Tire Jumpstart program provides grants up to a maximum of $300 per qualifying child per session (i.e., spring/summer, fall/winter). Grants are provided directly to the non-profit or charitable organization coordinating the sport or recreational activity on behalf of the qualifying child. Since each child’s financial needs are unique, Canadian Tire Jumpstart’s contribution can be made for equipment, registration or transportation costs.

For more information or to donate to the program visit the Canadian Tire website:

See more photos of Saturday's event below.

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