UXBRIDGE: The Uxbridge Jumpstart chapter had another successful year in 2018.
At a meeting, on Monday, April 15th, local Canadian Tire Uxbridge owner Pat Higgins, along with Amanda Ferraro and Hunter Jarvis, presented council with an update on the chapter’s accomplishments.
In 2018, Uxbridge Jumpstart funded $77,201 in programs and registrations, assisting over 1,840 kids and families. Jumpstart helps kids participate in sports and activities by providing them funding,
“It was just a great year,” Mr. Higgins said. “Pretty phenomenal numbers for a town this size.”
The Uxbridge Jumpstart chapter is one of the most active, on a per capita basis, in Canada.
“A typical town our size would be funding somewhere in the area of $7,000 or $8,000, compared to our $77,000, and would be helping maybe 100 kids and families. We have a very, very active chapter here,” Mr. Higgins explained.
Jumpstart Uxbridge is funded by the Gary Roberts and Friends golf tournament, fundraising at the Uxbridge Canadian Tire store, and donations from local charity organizations.
“The best part is that 100 per cent of the money raised in Uxbridge stays in Uxbridge,” Ms. Ferraro said.
Jumpstart Uxbridge will be holding their fifth annual Jumpstart Games, at the Uxbridge Arena on July 19th, which is a free event for kids.
“Some staple activities [at Jumpstart Games] are wheelchair basketball, tennis, seated volleyball, noodle hockey, obstacle courses, [and] the big parachute,” Ms. Jarvis explained, adding the Toronto Raptors’ mascot attended last year’s event.
Jumpstart Uxbridge also provides yoga programs, at Uxbridge Secondary School and local elementary schools.
“There’s a lot of people in need in Uxbridge,” Mr. Higgins said.
Since 2005, Jumpstart Uxbridge has contributed over $453,000 to the Uxbridge community, helping over 6,500 kids.
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