The employees and volunteers helping out at the Morrisburg Canadian Tire on May 25, the fifth annual national Jumpstart Day, proudly wore the Jumpstart motto: “Together we can help all kids play.”
This year, through the generosity of area shoppers, the Morrisburg store was able to raise $570 for the program, Victoria Davidson, store computer operator and store co-ordinator for the campaign, said.
Jumpstart is part of the May Red Ball campaign, which seeks to ensure that all kids, whatever their economic background, can take part in organized sports.
Funds raised locally, stay local. “In 2012, Jumpstart helped 89 South Dundas kids, and 587 have been helped since the program began,” said Sherry Telfer, a volunteer for the day.
Telfer and her husband, Jim Turner, came to visit her son, Shaun, and his wife, at their new store. “We came to visit, but he immediately put us to work,” she laughed. “It’s an important cause.”
“I like that all the money raised here goes directly to our community,” said Canadian Tire store owner, Shaun Telfer.
“I feel we are having a direct impact locally. All our store employees are involved in this campaign. and one of our employees, Victoria Davidson, has co-ordinated the event for us.”
Davidson said that Canadian Tire donated three raffle prizes for the draw. The lucky winners were Trevor Beckstead (1st), Tanya Meilleur (2nd) and Lois Dignard (3rd). Canadian Tire also brought in the Barnyard Zoo from Winchester Spring and Tribek Inflatables to keep small visitors amused and involved. The Morrisburg Leos served up hot dogs for shoppers.
The Jumpstart committee locally is chaired by David Lapier, and the committee determines which children in need in South Dundas could best be helped by the funds raised by Canadian Tire on Jumpstart day.