In partnership with the New Horizon Co-op, the local KidSport Committee held a barbecue fundraiser in July, raising $776 as a result.
Lynn Farrell, the chairperson for the KidSport Committee, discussed this item with Vice-Chairperson Karen Benoit and Funding Distribution Ashley Cairns during their meeting at the Town of Falher office in the evening of Sept. 5.
“We’re hoping that every child in the region who wants to play sports, can play,” says Farrell.
She noted that the Co-ops in the Grande Prairie area are pooling all of their barbecues and distributing the funds evenly to all KidSport chapters in the region.
Farrell also noted that Krystina Dubrule will be working on a Facebook page for the local chapter.
In other news, the local KidSport chapter will be at the Parade of Programs. This event will be held from 3-6 p.m. on Sept. 12, in the Falher Curling Rink. They will be there to promote the organization, which will include providing pamphlets.
The purpose of all KidSports chapters is to provide money for children to register for sports. These chapters do not provide money for sports equipment.
The next local KidSport committee meeting will be held in October.
The motto of KidSport is ‘So all kids can play.’
In 1995, the KidSport program was launched in Alberta at the AGT March of Champions Torch Relay en route to the Canada Winter Games in Grande Prairie. Since that time, KidSport Alberta has assisted more than 106,000 under-resourced kids play a season of sport, by providing over $20M in grants for registration fees.
KidSport Alberta currently consists of 39 volunteer community chapters who assist in providing thousands of grants to kids in need each year. More information can be found at www.kidsportcanada.ca/alberta.