By Marianne Curtis
Approximately one hundred and forty-five children from throughout the southeast benefited from this year`s Kidsport program.
At the end of October the Eastman KidSport Committee announced that they have completed the 2012 Fall KidSport review in which a total of 168 applications were submitted requesting approximately $37,400 in assistance. Based on eligibility of the applicants and funds available for disbursement 145 applications from 18 communities within our region were approved and $26,119.50 in funding was disbursed. Overall the Eastman KidSport program assisted 232 children in 2012 for a total of $43,875.
To further break down local funding, seventy applications from within Steinbach were received with a total of $11,587 doled out to families. The next top three applications came from Ste. Anne, Grunthal, St. Malo and Mitchell. The top three sporting activities students are participating in who received compensation are hockey, swimming and gymnastics.
According to Shannon Schade, Regional Manager, Sport Manitoba Eastman Region, the program is important to the region and the group is grateful for the support they receive.
“Sport provides kids with a sense of belonging, self-esteem and confidence, while teaching them valuable life skills,” stated Schade. `”Since not every child has the chance to experience sport because of a family’s financial limitations, it is KidSport’s goal to enable as many of Manitoba’s less-fortunate children as possible to participate in sport, realize its benefits and improve their future.”
The Eastman KidSport Committee accepts applications on a quarterly basis. Deadlines are; January 15th, April 15th, July 15th and October 15th. For a copy of the 2013 application or more information on eligibility please contact the Eastman office.
Funding for the Eastman KidSport Committee is made possible through fundraising and support from local businesses such as Canadian Tire, Loblaws, and Tim Hortons. In addition, funds are raised through the municipalities, community groups, schools and individual donors. Anyone interested in making a donation or have an event that you are looking for a charity of choice please contact the Sport Manitoba – Eastman Region Office at 268-2172.