Annual fundraising campaign aims to raise $100,000 to provide opportunities for children, youth, and families in Lethbridge and surrounding areas
The YMCA of Lethbridge launches its 2016 YMCA Strong Kids Campaign on March 7. This campaign raises funds so that youth and families who have a proven financial need are able to access YMCA programs and services in Lethbridge. The YMCA of Lethbridge has a goal of raising $100,000 for the Campaign in 2016.
The YMCA believes that every child deserves a strong, healthy start, regardless of their circumstances. The YMCA gives children in Lethbridge and surrounding area the opportunity to belong to a supportive community while improving their physical, mental, emotional, and social health. With the support of YMCA financial assistance programs, 550 local children, teens, and young adults in need of financial support are welcomed to the facility every year.
“We want to provide opportunities for young people to reach their potential, achieve their goals, and improve their lives,” says Jennifer Petracek-Kolb, Lethbridge YMCA CEO. “A family’s health should not be determined by the neighborhood that they live in or the size of their bank account. Last year, one in five kids coming to a YMCA health, fitness & aquatics centre needed financial assistance, and with the recent economic downturn in Alberta, that need has increased.”
The Lethbridge YMCA provides a wide variety of programs that help people live active, healthy lives. Much needed community-based programs and services in the areas of health, fitness and aquatics, youth leadership, and camps offer youth opportunities to grow in the type of healthy, caring environment all young people and families need.
This campaign is part of an annual campaign run by YMCAs in Canada with a total national fundraising goal of $13.6 million. The national campaign involves all 44 YMCAs and 5 YMCA-YWCAs across Canada.
The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign kicks off on March 7 in Lethbridge with the ‘Be Active to Build Strong Kids’ event. Celebrity guests from the Lethbridge Hurricanes, University of Lethbridge Pronghorns, Lethbridge College Kodiaks and Lethbridge Bulls will be at the Lethbridge YMCA that day to raise awareness for this cause. A similar event this time last year raised $37,000.
As a charity, the Lethbridge YMCA relies on donations to meet the needs of people in their community and donations are accepted throughout the year. YMCA members, community supporters, and businesses are encouraged to pledge their support in person at the YMCA, or by donating online at www.lethbridgeymca.ca