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YMCA of Northern BC kicks off Strong Kids program

YMCA of Northern BC CEO Amanda Alexander kicks off the Strong Kids program. Bill Phillips photo

The YMCA of Northern BC kicked off its annual campaign for YMCA Strong Kids Friday.

“It’s a fantastic time of year and we’re really excited about our Strong Kids fundraiser,” said Amanda Alexander, YMCA of Northern BC CEO.

The YMCA of Northern BC subsidizes nearly $300 000 annually for children and families in the

community through subsidized memberships, camps, and the YMCA Beyond the Bell program. The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign ensures children and families who have a financial need are able to access YMCA programs and services in our communities. One in five children and families receive financial assistance to participate in the YMCA programs.

This year, the goal is to raise $60 000 for the campaign to support local children and youth to participate in YMCA camps and programs. Additionally, the YMCA is looking to raise an additional $85 000 to fund another year of YMCA Beyond the Bell – an academic achievement program at Glenview Elementary for low income, vulnerable children. The current funding for this program will end in June.

“We have raised $20,000 already,” said Alexander. “We’ve done that through the generous donations from Brink (Group of Companies), the Prince George Cougars, and PG Community Foundation, and $9,500 just from our staff giving. That speak volumes when our staff believes in the charitable work that the YMCA does.

On Saturday March 7, with the campaign in full force, the YMCA of Northern BC is hosting its annual YMCA MEGATHON, presented by Brink, at the Prince George Family Y to raise funds for the campaign.

“We are excited to kick off our campaign with the community,” said Stephanie Deol, Director of Communications and Philanthropy. “Our hope is that members of the community will donate and register for YMCA MEGATHON so we can continue to serve local families through our annual campaign and save YMCA Beyond the Bell for the students at Glenview Elementary.”

Visit ymca.ca/donate to donate to the campaign. The YMCA accepts donations to the campaign throughout the year.

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