YMCA fundraiser goes from strength to strength

This week sees the launch of the annual YMCA Strong Kids fundraiser, with organisers set on reaching a target of $1.5 million this year.

Last year’s fundraising drive netted the organization $1.4million to help support children and young people who would otherwise miss out.

Vice president for children and youth Tanis Cochrane explained why the Strong Kids campaign was so important to YMCA Calgary: “It is core to who we are as an organization. We say that we believe in equal access for all and that means creating an inclusive environment.”

One in four children who come to the Y need financial assistance. The funds raised in this year’s Strong Kids campaign will help 20,000 children and youth get involved. The funds will go towards funding things like day camp, a youth membership or outdoor school at Camp Chief Hector.

The event kicked off with a Strong Kids spinning event in all Calgary branches on Monday. The board of directors start the fundraising by making personal gifts, along with staff and members of the YMCA. Some 2500 donors will dig deep to support this annual drive.
Tanis concluded: “It is important for every child to have the opportunity to be in an environment to learn and be with adults who are caring role models.”

If you would like to donate to the Strong Kids campaign, click here.

To find out more about getting financial assistance at the YMCA, simply call your local branch or pop in to speak to the membership team.

On Saturday, March 23, there will be a soccer marathon for Strong Kids. The four-hour soccer game will raise funds for YMCA Calgary or our partnerships in Colombia or Ukraine. The event will take place at the Genesis Centre, 7556 Falconridge Blvd NE, from 10am-2pm. To register contact your local YMCA branch.