ROB DRAL The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Amanda Ferraro and Pat Higgins from Jumpstart Uxbridge stopped by Council on Monday, April 4 to give the public an update on how 2015 went and what they had planned for this year.
2015 was a record year for Jumpstart Uxbridge. The program helped 1000 families to a tune of $65,000. “Submissions are growing. More people that need funding are coming to us”, said Amanda Ferraro.
The community of Uxbridge has continued to be incredibly supportive. The majority of funding still comes from donations and several community groups stepped up last year to help.
“We are overwhelmed by the support from the community. Groups such as 100 Men Who Care Uxbridge are one of the new community groups that helped us with funding last year”, said Ms. Ferraro.
Canadian Tire Uxbridge donated advertising to a tune of $20,000 and Wooden Sticks and Gary Roberts continue to go above and beyond with the Jumpstart Golf Tournament year after year.
2015 also saw the first annual Jumpstart Games held at the Uxbridge Arena. The Jumpstart Games had 200 local kids come out to enjoy all kinds of on ice activities. Several volunteers came out to help with the Games including: The Uxbridge Minor Hockey Association, the Uxbridge Secondary School Hockey Team, and the Uxbridge Bruins. The first annual Jumpstart Games were a “tremendous success”.
This year, Jumpstart plans to hold a Summer Jumpstart Games. They plan to take advantage of the fields of Uxbridge and co-ordinate the event with the local Summer Camps. They also plan to build on existing programs already in place.
Jumpstart has individual child submissions as well as several family programs. An individual child submission needs a letter of reference from a community leader. This can be anyone from a Doctor, Dentist, or anyone else that can vouch for the child submitting an application. Individual child submissions can apply for either a Fall/Winter sport or a Spring/Summer sport for a total of $600 per child.
Family programs include: take time programs, family swims, and family bowling. New community development programs include: Yoga and Mental Health programs.
Uxbridge Mayor, Gerri Lynn O’Connor expressed nothing but gratitude towards Jumpstart Uxbridge. “Thank you for all the effort you put into the community. There are a lot of people out there that wouldn’t be able to participate without this program”, said Mayor O’Connor.
Uxbridge Council will be donating $1,000 to the Jumpstart program this year.
Since 2005, the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program’s Uxbridge chapter has raised over $250,000 and helped over 2,700 kids continue to stay active.
The Jumpstart Program is more than just getting kids active. It is a program designed to give children from families in financial need an equal chance to participate in the same activities as other children.
For more information or to apply for a Jumpstart activity, visit: www.jumpstart.canadiantire.ca.
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