Every year, the local Jumpstart chapter has to raise funds for the entire year between May and June. 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.
According to Claire Larabie, of the local Jumpstart chapter: “ Jumpstart gives our Chapter $16,000 each year; the rest we try to raise and they again match $ for $. Last year a total of 189 youths applied for support at a cost of over $30,000, so every dollar we raise in May /June decides the amount we can give”. In addition to the BBQ this year, donations were received from the Knights of Columbus, who donated $2000, KWBSC gave $300, and the Kemptville Kinsmen donated $750.
Donations will be coming in from the Legion, Rotary, North Gower Public School Spirit Committee, and others over next few weeks, and the BBQ auction items closes at the end of June. You can bid on the items at the Canadian Tire store. Donations may also be sent to Kemptville Local Chapter, NGCSC, PO Box 1992, Kemptville On, K0G1J0. 613-258-6470.