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Martensville Messenger Partners with KidSport

by Shanine Sealey

The Martensville Messenger is proud to announce the debut of our new ‘Donate to KidSport’ option available at www.martensvillemessenger.ca. We are excited to partner up with this amazing program to help provide the chance for youth in Martensville to participate in organized sports; an opportunity they might not otherwise have.

KidSport is a national not-for-profit organization that helps children aged 18 and under with confidential financial assistance in order for them to participate in local sporting options. Although Martensville is under the Warman & District KidSport chapter, all money that is raised in Martensville is utilized within the community to aid local children.

For years, KidSport has been an integral part of this community, providing thousands of dollars in funds each year to local youth and sporting organizations. In 2017, a total of 26 kids, ranging in age from 3 to 17 and a whopping $12,288.85 was donated within the community. Money is raised through donations and various events that are held each year in support of KidSport such as; Play and Skate with Santa, Variety Night and Winter Fun Fest. Without this, many children would miss the chance to create lasting friendships and learn skills that they can take with them throughout their lifetime.

The partnership between the Martensville Messenger and the local KidSport chapter was something that was discussed in 2017, as a way to provide individuals with the option to make a donation in a convenient way. Donations can be made in honour of someone, for an occasion, or just because an individual feels like giving back to their community. They can be made in a range of increments through PayPal, with a credit card or a VISA debit card. Donators will have the option to remain anonymous, or they can enter their information in order to receive a tax receipt for donations over $20. At the end of each year, the Martensville Messenger will include a section in the newspaper dubbed “A Sporting Chance”, where we will feature donations that have been made throughout the year, excluding any anonymous ones.

Angie Reddekopp, Program Coordinator for the City of Martensville, sees the need for these funds firsthand as numerous requests for financial assistance are submitted regularly. “Kids being involved in team activities and sports really does benefit them overall, so we are always looking at new ways to raise funding for KidSport,” Reddekopp stated. For families in need of financial support, contact the Martensville Athletic Pavilion at (306) 683-5576.

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