Did you know that one in three Canadian families cannot afford to enrol their children in sport or recreation activities? In fact we fall into that category ourselves. If it wasn't for disability funding and low-income scholarship money our kids would not have been able to participate in sports this year. Because of that special funding Aiden and Owen were able to join swim club for the first time and Olivia was able to take her very first dance class. This is the first year my children have participated in extra-curricular sports because we could simply never afford it without help.
I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful swimming was for both of my boys but especially for Owen. My son has found his home. He has found where he belongs! He loves being in the pool and says things like "when I am in the Olympics...". That is a beautiful thing to hear.
Aiden was able to build relationships with his swim team. Yes, he swam and he developed as a swimmer for sure. But he learned some very important skills as team mate that are hard for kids with Autism to learn.
And Olivia- oh my little girl! She danced her heart out and she twirls and leaps and does her ballet everywhere she goes. Such a gift.
To think we almost missed out on that because we couldn't afford it.
And we are certainly not the only ones!
I only recently learned about an amazing program called Canadian Tire Jumpstart and I am thrilled to tell you about it.
Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a national charitable program that helps financially disadvantaged kids participate in organized sport and recreation. Jumpstart helps cover registration fees, equipment and/or transportation costs.
Since the inception in 2005, Canadian Tire Jumpstart has given more than 581,177 kids across Canada the chance to play. Canadian Tire Jumpstart is dedicated to removing financial barriers, so children can participate in organized sport and recreation.
How can you support Canadian Tire Jumpstart?
• Make a donation.
• Host your own event in support of Canadian Tire Jumpstart.
• Support a fundraising event for Canadian Tire Jumpstart.
• Visit one of our partners: any Canadian Tire, Gas+, Mark’s, Sport Chek , Atmosphere or Pita Pit location and get your own Jumpstart Red Ball for a $2 donation.
• Visit your local Canadian Tire on Jumpstart Day , May 25th.
• ‘Like' the Pita Pit Facebook page during May, and Pita Pit will donate $1 for every like they get to the page.
• Visit Buffalo Wild Wings on Wednesdays in May, and donate 10% of your bill to Jumpstart
100% of customer donations go directly to help kids in financial need participate in organized sport and recreation.
The Canadian Tire Corporation funds all the general and administrative expenses as well as the program delivery costs of the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program.
Join us on Thursday May 23rd for the #JumpstartDay Twitter party from 9pm-10pm. Great prizes and a celebrity guest! Don’t forget to follow your host @CTJumpstart and your moderators: @Nugglemama, @Tarasview @Shasherlife @RossanaWyatt.
Prizes are available to Canadian Residents Only, but all are welcome to the party. RSVP below to be eligible for prizes. We’ll be chatting about sports, getting kids participating in activities and chatting with a celebrity guest!
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