For release at 12pm Wednesday April 13th, 2016
YMCA of Central East Ontario – Quinte Region
Launches 2016 YMCA Strong Kids Campaign
Annual fundraising campaign aims to raise $230,000 to provide
opportunities for children, youth and families in Quinte Region
Quinte, ON – During National Volunteer Week, the YMCA of Central East Ontario launches its 2016 YMCA Strong Kids Campaign to ensure kids and families who have a financial need are able to access YMCA programs and services in our communities. This year, we have a goal of raising $230,000 for the Campaign in this region. Special events will be held at noon April 13, 2016 in the Belleville Branch and at noon April 14, 2016 in the City of Quinte West Branch.
The YMCA of Central East Ontario believes that every child deserves a strong, healthy start, regardless of their circumstances. A family’s health should not be determined by the neighborhood they live in or the size of their bank account. YMCA Strong Kids helps children and families access programs which increase physical activity, provide good nutrition and safe places to connect, play and learn, regardless of their ability to pay. The YMCA gives children the opportunity to belong to a supportive community while improving their physical, mental, emotional and social health. With the support of YMCA financial assistance programs and the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, we were able to welcome over 500 children, teens and young adults to our facility last year.
Each branch has a committee of volunteers that reach out to the community to close the gap between financial assistance provided and available funds. In the City of Quinte West the Volunteer Chair of the Strong Kids Campaign is Gino Leone. The Belleville Volunteer Chair, Jamie Troke says “Last year, one in five kids coming to a YMCA health, fitness & aquatics centre needed financial assistance, and that need continues. The YMCA Strong Kids fundraising campaign helps to eliminate the very real financial barriers these children face, and without it we would not be able to serve them. We want to provide a healthy, safe and positive environment where children, teens and young adults can flourish, and the YMCA Strong Kids campaign helps make that a reality.”
The YMCA of Central East Ontario provides a wide variety of programs that help people live active, healthy lives. Much needed community-based programs and services in the areas of health, fitness and aquatics; child care; youth leadership; and camps offer youth opportunities to grow in the type of healthy, caring environment all young people need and deserve.
The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign kicks off with two separate events. In the Belleville branch, join Jamie and his team at the donor luncheon to be held on Wednesday April 13th at 12pm. Gino Leone and his team will be at the donor luncheon for the City of Quinte West branch Thursday April 14th at noon. If you would like to attend either of these events, please RSVP to Jennifer McTavish (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 613-966-9622 x 232.
YMCA Canada encourages donors to visit ymcastrongkids.ca and choose the community they wish to support. All YMCAs accept donations to the campaign throughout the year. This campaign is part of an annual campaign run by YMCAs in Canada with a total national fundraising goal of $13.6 million. The national campaign involves all 45 YMCAs and 5 YMCA-YWCAs across Canada.
About the YMCA of Central East Ontario
The YMCA of Central East Ontario is a charity dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community. We are committed to nurturing the potential of children, youth and families, promoting healthy living and fostering social responsibility and volunteerism within the community. For more information, please visit www.ymcaofceo.ca.
For further information, please contact:
Supervisor, Membership Services
YMCA of Central East Ontario –Belleville Branch
The YMCA of Central East Ontario – Belleville Branch is excited to host the Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association’s Division 3 Wheelchair Basketball Development Day on Sunday, November 15th, 2015 from 10am-5pm.
We would like to invite individuals of all physical abilities to participate in this recreational day! A skills session will be facilitated in the morning by a coach provided by the OWSA. In the afternoon, athletes will participate in a game format.
A membership fee of $27.50 is required to participate. This membership allows anindividual to participate in any OWSA event until September 2016. If you do not wish to sign up online, you can pay the day of the event.
If you would like to sign up online and be part of this great day, you can register at http://www.owsa.ca/#!membership/cqt1
Spectators are welcome! If you do not wish to play, but just want to see what wheelchair basketball is all about, please join us!
To learn more about our program that runs weekly at the YMCA of Central East Ontario – Belleville Branch, please visit our Facebook page, Wheelchair Basketball Belleville. This program is an opportunity for individuals of varying physical abilities and exceptionalities to participate in a game of basketball. Wheelchair Basketball Belleville runs every Thursday night from 6:30 to 8:30pm.
Fall into Fitness is a one day event created to provide YMCA members, staff, volunteers and the general public with knowledge, new techniques, fun and an opportunity to meet other fitness minded people! With presenters from 6 different YMCA branches, mini massage sessions, lunch and the opportunity to earn 6 YMCA CEC’s this is NOT an event to be missed!! You are sure to have a fun and meaningful time with us and we look forward to having you!!
Mark the date on your calendar for this fun annual event. #Halloween #Spooktacular
Ron Riddell, General Manager of the YMCA of the City of Quinte West was Tagged today in support of Breast Cancer. #CCSBraTag