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Rivers Edge Services helps YMCA ahead of Saturday’s Megathon

The staff at River Edge Services support the YMCA of Northern B.C.'s Strong Kids campaign with a $500 donation. Bill Phillips photo
The staff at River Edge Services support the YMCA of Northern B.C.’s Strong Kids campaign with a $500 donation. Bill Phillips photo

Two youths will be going to the YMCA of Northern B.C.’s Strong Kids camp this year, thanks to the Rivers Edge Services.

The local automotive shop donated $500 to the YMCA’s Megathon fundraiser and, since it costs $215 to send a kid to camp, two kids will have their costs covered, and then some.

“I really like the idea of donating locally,” says … Bruce Williams, Rivers Edge Services owner. “I try to keep all my charity dollars local and sending kids to camp is a great way to do that.”

Not only has Williams ponied up $500 to send kids to camp, he is challenging all other automotive shops in the city to meet, or beat, his donation.

“I’ll challenge all automotive repair shops, even dealerships, to at least match us,” he said. “Send lots of kids to camp.”

Rivers Edge Services has been in operation in Prince George for 24 years. They are located on 18th Avenue, one block off of Ospika, where they have been for the past 17 years.

“We just expanded our shop and we do full automotive repair and servicing … tires, brakes, suspension, alignments, tune-ups, everything,” he said. “All your maintenance work. We do it all in-house, nothing gets shipped out.”

Rivers Edge Services employs 12 people, which includes eight technicians, two service advisors, and two administrative staff. The business has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1994.

“I started it in a very small, grungy, one-bay shop in 1994,” he says. “Now we’ve grown to this, it’s really exciting times.”

There’s another way to help raise money for the YMCA’s Strong Kids program and that’s to get involved in this weekend’s Megathon.

The annual event, which is a major fundraiser for the YMCA’s Strong Kids program, will have it all … Zumba, Pound, Yoga, Cardio Box, Cycling, Bolly X and more.

About 100 people, either as individuals or teams, will take part in fitness classes, Zumba classes, aerobics exercises, circuit training, boot camp and more during the morning of the Megathon, while raising money for the YMCA. Participants can raise money by simply paying to register for the Megathon or collect pledges.

All of the money that we bring in goes to support YMCA Strong Kids.

One-in-five families need financial assistance to participate in YMCA camps and programs. The YMCA subsidizes more than $200,000 in memberships every year, one-in-four youngsters who attend camp, and $50,000 in transportation for their neighbourhood scholars program.

To register go to the website at:

or register at the Prince George Family YMCA membership services desk.

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