Seaway Valley Crime Stoppers had its 50/50 winning ticket picked on October 15th at Jim Mustard’s Variety store in Iroquois. Jim Mustard has been a supporter of the program since its inception in 1992. The winning ticket for the 50/50 was sold at the Williamstown fair this past August; the winner was Denis Tousignant of Greenfield, North Glengarry Township ($1550.00). The winning ticket was pulled by Nelson Zandbergen in front of Mustard’s Variety store.
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Lisa Lewis wanted to do something to help the Froats family cope with their expenses while Brody remains in CHEO, so she organized what she thought would be a small pancake breakfast fundraiser.
The event, held Saturday at the Recreation Hall in Riverside Heights, raised $800 for the family.
Thanks to Riverside Recreation donating the use of the hall and the food for the event, the entire proceeds from the sale of the breakfasts will go to the Froats family. In addition to the 86 breakfasts sold, those who attended generously donated another $370.
“I wasn’t planning on so many people coming out, but I’m glad they did,” said Lewis. She was thrilled with the support and appreciative of the efforts of those who volunteered to help out including; Ann Lewis, Linda Robinson, Alice Pemberton, Madison DeJong, Melanie, Jeremy and Tyson Whitford, Carl and Gail Robinson and Terry Hamilton.
“It’s fantastic what Lisa has done here,” said Gail Robinson, who thanked Lisa and the volunteers on behalf of the family. “The community, everyone, has been so wonderful. I know Mark, Lisa, Brody and Brett are very appreciative.”
The funds are meant to help the family with expenses so that they can focus on their time together. Brody has been in CHEO since late last year as a result of complications of Prader-Willi Syndrome.
His father Mark remains at CHEO with him. Mark is a contractor who has been unable to work since Brody was admitted to hospital. Brody’s mother Lisa is battling cancer and finished her chemotherapy last week.
In Canada, one in three families cannot afford to enrol their children in organized sport or recreation activities because of financial barriers (Vision Critical 2011).
Ever since she was a little girl, 17-year-old Casey, knew she wanted to play professional golf, but her family’s budget was stretched with a busy household of seven young children.
“We knew that Casey had extraordinary talent, but we could not afford the expensive membership and green fees,” said Casey’s mom, Julie MacNeil.” The last thing we wanted was to keep her off the golf course due to affordability. She had such big dreams for herself.”
Kids who are able to participate in organized sport and recreation, outside of school hours, gain many short and long term benefits including increased self-esteem, greater self-confidence, leadership skills, and better grades.
“The benefits of kids participating in sports affects their entire lives, not just their childhood years,” said Dan Thompson, President, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities. “Programs like Canadian Tire Jumpstart are dedicated to removing barriers so financially disadvantaged children can participate in organized sport and recreation.”
Despite the financial hardships many Canadian parents are facing, there is a way to get kids into the game, no matter what barrier. By covering the cost of registration, equipment and/or transportation, Canadian Tire Jumpstart has helped 417,835 children like Casey get in the game.
“We couldn’t be more proud of what our daughter has accomplished,” said Casey’s mom. “This year Casey is heading off to Charleston, Southern University on a full golf scholarship, and we have Jumpstart to thank for giving her the opportunity to continue to perfect her game.”
Help kids in your community by visiting Canadian Tire, Mark’s and Canadian Tire Gas+ stores and Pita Pit locations throughout the month of May and on Jumpstart Day, Saturday, May 26, 2012, to donate $2 in exchange for a red ball, with all proceeds going to Canadian Tire Jumpstart.
Visit www.canadiantire.ca/jumpstart to learn more.