On Wednesday, December 4th, the Martensville KidSport chapter was presented with a generous donation from Saskatchewan Pond – The Honorable Order of the Blue Goose International Saskatoon Chapter. A cheque totaling $4500 was presented to Angie Reddekopp, City of Martensville Program Coordinator by Catherine Schraeder, Bruce Chupa, Krista McCann, Terry Norman and Brennen Mills.
KidSport is a non-profit organization that helps to fund the opportunity for youth to participate in sports when they would otherwise not have the funds to join. In 2019, a total of 46 local youth and $19,162 was provided.
“The extra money from this donation made a huge difference for many Martensville youth. This year, we had the largest number of kids applying to the program and without this donation, they wouldn’t have had the opportunity to play,” Reddekopp said.
Blue Goose is a volunteer based organization that is made possible through countless hours of volunteer time put in from people that work within the insurance industry. According to Brennen Mills, there are 3-4 thousand members across North America. “The idea behind the organization is charity, fellowship, volunteer, education and things like that. There is a lot of work that goes into raising money to help fund things like KidSport and it is so nice for all of us to be able to give back. It really is a platform for those that want to put in time or money towards a good cause,” Mills said.
Having been around for over 50 years in Saskatoon and the surrounding region, Blue Goose holds numerous events throughout the year to help raise money to donate to local charities. This year, the organization raised over $40,000. “We try to keep the money to Saskatoon and local based charities and look for groups that don’t get the funding from the larger corporate sponsors and where the money will make a large impact,” added Mills.
To help contribute to our local KidSport chapter this season, you can contact the Martensville Athletic Pavilion regarding the Gift of Sport. Donations can be dropped off at the MAP and all money raised will stay within the community.