Among those supporting the event were, from left: Michael Barrett, M.P., Steve Clark, M.P.P., Frank Hoffman, Canadian Tire owner, NG Councillor Doreen O’Sullivan, and NG Mayor Nancy Peckford. [Photo by David Shanahan]

The Annual Jumpstart BBQ took place in the parking lot of Canadian Tire at Colonnade Mall last Saturday, and raised funds for the program, which helps boys and girls take part in sports they might otherwise not be able to afford. Sponsored by Royal LePage Team Realty, the cooking of burgers and hotdogs was ably performed by members of the Team, under the watchful supervision of Judy Littau.

Sales amounted to $954.20, which was then matched by Canadian Tire to make a grand total of $1,908.40 for Jumpstart in North Grenville. The program is operated by Canadian Tire on a local level across the country, and all the money raised in each community stays in that community.

Frank Hoffman, owner of Kemptville’s Canadian Tire Store, was very grateful to all the volunteers who came out to cook, serve, and tidy up afterwards. Coming along to give their support to the event were a fine selection of our political representatives: Michael Barrett, M.P., Steve Clark, M.P.P., North Grenville Mayor, Nancy Peckford, and Councillor Doreen O’Sullivan. The North Grenville Fire Service brought out their Ladder Truck, with its high ladder stretching to the heavens, dwarfing the store and the people around it. Always a big hit with children (and adults).

Every year, the local Jumpstart chapter has to raise funds between May and June for the entire year. The vision of Jumpstart is simple: Canada, where all kids have a chance to fulfill their dreams. That means that local chapters provide funds that allow kids to take part in activities and sports which would otherwise be beyond their family’s budgets. They also provide grants to KYC and many other groups that provide active play. Canadian Tire Corporation is Jumpstart’s biggest supporter as it funds all the general administrative expenses of Jumpstart, which means 100% of customer donations go directly to help kids in need.

This is why, every year, Frank Hoffman, of Kemptville’s Canadian Tire, can be found promoting Jumpstart, providing space and facilities for the annual Jumpstart BBQ and auction. Not only that, but every dollar raised through the fundraising events in May and June is matched by Canadian Tire.

Donations may also be sent to Kemptville Local Chapter, NGCSC, PO Box 1992, Kemptville ON, K0G1J0. 613-258-6470.This is an example of our community working together to make life better for our children, which makes everyone happier and more involved in the community. And that’s good for everybody!


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