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YMCA Strong Kids Thank You

Remember how everywhere you looked this summer you saw #yycstrong? Well it’s true and Calgary is still strong. YMCA Calgary reached our 2013 YMCA Strong Kids Campaign goal – $1.5 million in financial support for Calgary’s kids, teens, and families to participate in YMCA programs and activities.

YMCA Strong Kids Logo

One of the reasons Calgary is strong is donors like you. We are sincerely thankful for all of our donors. Without you, YMCA Strong Kids would not be able to help Joey learn to swim, help Katie attend day camp, and help Khalil practice his English language skills. Without you, YMCA Strong Kids would not be able to provide daycare to take care of Abe while his mom goes to work. We helped over 22,000 kids, thanks to you.

YMCA Strong Kids enriches the lives of thousands of children, youth and families each year in Calgary. It allows kids and youth to participate in healthy activities like basketball, badminton and floor hockey, volleyball, swimming and yoga. It provides the opportunity for kids and youth to learn leadership and job skills and how to start habits of healthy living. It provides healthy snacks and free homework help for kids in an after-school program.

All of the money raised for YMCA Strong Kids goes directly to the families. One in four of Calgary’s children is economically disadvantaged. YMCA Strong Kids helps fill the gap thanks to your generosity.

Thank you for making Calgary strong!

 


Oilympics – Amazing Strong Kids Support!

A group of seven organizers that call themselves the Oilympics, put together a 10-day hockey tournament. With support from sponsors, the banquet and individuals, they raised money for charities in our community.  This year’s tournament was in March and YMCA Calgary Strong Kids was so fortunate to be chosen as one of the three charities to receive funds from this group.  The other charities were Huntington’s Society of Canada and CJAY92 Kids Fund (Secret Wish). An amazing $45,000 was donated to our Strong Kids Campaign to help more than 600 children & youth in our community to have a YMCA experience.  Here we are at the cheque presentation. We even brought Bobby who is a YMCA Strong Kid!

Thank you to Gerry Mumford and the Oilympics team for your belief in the great work we do for kids!


Crowfoot’s Youth Rec Swim Team Celebrates Strong Kids

During the first week of March, Crowfoot’s Youth Recreational Swim Team participated in the Swim for Strong Kids.  Swimmers collected both donations and pledges for the number of lengths swam in one hour.  This dedicated group of young swimmers collectively swam over 3000 lengths and raised over $4000 towards the Strong Kids Campaign!!!

You can find their Strong Kids Banner hanging in the Crowfoot pool on your next visit.

Visit www.ymcastrongkids.ca to support the Strong Kids Campaign today!

 

 


Eau Claire YMCA Aquatics Loonie-Toonie Dive

Kids  don’t forget your loonies and toonies next week for the first annual loonie-toonie drive at the Eau Claire YMCA.

Your swim instructors will race each other to see who can swim to the opposite end of the pool and collect the most toonies. Great fun for the whole family and all monies collected will go to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign.

YMCA Strong Kids Campaign ensures that all children and youth, regardless of their financial ability, can participate in membership and programs. Without your help, this wouldn’t be possible.

For more information please call 403-781-1668.


Spin for Strong Kids TRX Cycle workout with Michael

On Monday March 4th – 5:15-6:45pm, join Michael for this special workout.

100% of the $10 fee to reserve your spot goes to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, ensuring that all children and youth have access to YMCA programs and membership no matter their financial ability. Help us build Strong Kids and join Michael on Monday March 4th for this great workout!


Be part of our 2013 YMCA Strong Kids Kick-off!

You know what the best way to stay active is? Staying active by participating in an event that is aimed towards making a difference!

 

On March 4th, the YMCA in the South Health Campus will be hosting their ‘Spin for Strong Kids’ Campaign! Why not stay active, while donating your time for a good cause?  Every YMCA in Calgary will have spin bikes where staff, volunteers, participants and members will have the chance to spin for 30 minutes each to raise money for our charity.

If you are interested in joining our Strong Kids charity event, make sure to stop by any YMCA branch and talk to member services. They will provide you with a pledge package and a sign-up sheet for the bike. Anyone is welcome to participate, members and non-members! It’d be fantastic to have the whole community involved in spinning for such a great cause. You are welcome to join individually or in a group- the more the merrier!

You might be wondering however… what exactly is the Strong Kids Campaign? Afterall, isn’t the YMCA just a fitness center? Well, at first glance that might be the case, but in reality, the YMCA is so much more than that!

Did you know, the YMCA is actually a charitable organization? Not just a fitness center, but ‘a charitable organization driven by its mission to facilitate and promote the spiritual, mental, physical and social development of individuals and to foster a sense of responsibility within the community’? Well, now you know! Tied to our values, is our Strong Kids Program. This campaign raises the needed financial support for children, teens, and families who are unable to afford the full cost of participation in a YMCA program or activity. This could range from swimming lessons, camp costs, and even  babysitting. YMCA Strong Kids Campaign helps one person at a time, one family at a time, and one program at a time. It may not be evident initially, but learning leadership skills, working with others in activities, finding a child’s passion that will carry on in the future, and finding inspiration that will carry one’s life forward all begins with a single seed, and that seed may be found and planted in a YMCA activity.

 

To be able to hone, develop, and flourish that ‘seed’ one must be able to have the opportunity, and that is what the YMCA and the Strong Kids Campaign aim to do: Provide the opportunity to develop, flourish, and hone the seeds of a child regardless of financial background.

Every  Kid Deserves a Chance

 

So what do you say, ready to be part of something positive? Something that may change a child’s life forever by spinning only for 30 minutes? Join us in having fun with others spinning for the same goal! Ask us how to be part of the Strong Kids Campaign further!

YMCA in the South Health Campus is waiting for you! Hope to see your name on our sign up sheet. (:

 

Shawnessy Day Camp kids raising money for Strong Kids


Join us at the 2013 YMCA Strong Kids Kick-Off

Looking for a way to get active while helping a great cause? On Monday, March 4, join us at Spin for Strong Kids to kick-off the 2013 YMCA Strong Kids Campaign! 

Every YMCA in Calgary will have spin bikes in the lobby—all of our fantastic staff, volunteers, participants and members who want to participate will be taking turns spinning for 30 minutes each–raising money for our charity, YMCA Strong Kids.

How do I Join?
Pick up a pledge package at Member Services of your YMCA and sign-up for a bike. You don’t have to be a YMCA member to join—everyone is welcome. Join individually or gather a group and spin together!

The 2013 goal is to raise $1.5 million to benefit 20,000 local youth and children. Raising donations for YMCA Strong Kids means that children and youth have positive experiences, make healthy choices, feel connected with others and learn the skills required to become leaders.

One in four kids coming to YMCA needs financial assistance. 100% of all donations raised by YMCA Strong Kids goes directly to children and youth. Administrative costs are covered from YMCA’s operating budget; not from donations received.

Join the conversation: #SpinForStrongKids


Join us at the 2013 YMCA Strong Kids Kick-Off

Looking for a way to get active while helping a great cause? On Monday, March 4, join us at Spin for Strong Kids to kick-off the 2013 YMCA Strong Kids Campaign! 

Every YMCA in Calgary will have spin bikes in the lobby—all of our fantastic staff, volunteers, participants and members who want to participate will be taking turns spinning for 30 minutes each–raising money for our charity, YMCA Strong Kids.

How do I Join?
Pick up a pledge package at Member Services of your YMCA and sign-up for a bike. You don’t have to be a YMCA member to join—everyone is welcome. Join individually or gather a group and spin together!

The 2013 goal is to raise $1.5 million to benefit 20,000 local youth and children. Raising donations for YMCA Strong Kids means that children and youth have positive experiences, make healthy choices, feel connected with others and learn the skills required to become leaders.

One in four kids coming to YMCA needs financial assistance. 100% of all donations raised by YMCA Strong Kids goes directly to children and youth. Administrative costs are covered from YMCA’s operating budget; not from donations received.

Join the conversation: #SpinForStrongKids


Jack Astor’s Success

On June 6th Jack Astor’s hosted their annual bar flair competition. Every year they pick a charity and we just happened to be the lucky ones this year. Last year they raised $1247.33 but this year they more than quadrupled that with a donation of $5,133.51!

Great job guys! Thank you so much for all your hard work, we are looking forward to next year!


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