REPORTING · 31st March 2011
Community Youth Sporting groups were present at Riverlodge on Wednesday, March 20th for the Official Launch of the Kid Sport Chapter in Kitimat.
“Kid Sport was founded in 1993 in Vancouver British Columbia and it’s main goal is to provide opportunity for underprivileged children to participate in sports. In 2009, the provincial body helped over 62000 kids in BC take part in the sport of their choice,” said Shaun O’Niell, Information officer.
He thanked Kitimat Community Services for coming on board with Kid Sport Kitimat. O’Niell stepped down and Mayor Joanne Monaghan stepped up.
“Kitimat now has a foundation for children who wish to access sports in our community. Council and I believe that no kid should be left on the sidelines and all should be given the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of organized sports. Kid Sport Kitimat gives support to children in order to remove barriers that prevent them from playing organized sports,” said Monaghan
MLA Robin Austin stepped up and presented a cheque for $3000 to the organization from the Provincial Government. “No child should have to worry about the financial resources of their family to not be able to participate in sports,” said Austin.
He expressed his children were now in their twenties and when he thinks about all the experience they had in sporting events, it made a difference. He thanked those who donated to Kid Sport giving back to the community for people who can not afford too.
Nelson Botelho, the manager of Scotia Bank, stepped up to the podium to donate a cheque for $1000 to Kid Sport Kitimat. The bank has also offered volunteer hours to the program as well.
He expressed they are encouraged to pick a charity and sport for fundraising. “We decided on Kid Sport,” said Botelho. “We looked at the kids and, of all the things, the kids are the ones who can’t speak for themselves. They want to play sports, sports are not cheep. This organization is wonderful because it allows families to be able to do that.”
They are committed to fundraise all year and support the project.
O’Niell expressed the goal of the chapter is to become self sufficient and are looking for more funding from around the community. For more information on how you can donate to Kid Sport or apply, contact Shaun O'Niell at 250-632-3577.
MLA Robin Austin hands a check from the government for $3000 to Cyndi McIntosh and Lawrence Martens