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Help a child get out and play


KidSport launched its national on-line fundraising campaign last week called Give the Gift of Sport, to help all kids get in the game.

The campaign runs from Nov. 20 to Jan. 10 and raises money, so all Canadian kids have an opportunity to play organized sport.

The Sunshine Coast chapter of KidSport is very active here on the Coast, with organizations up and down the Coast providing funding and support, which allows youth to get active and play sport.

“Give the Gift of Sport is a great opportunity for people to give backand support families and kids in their community this holiday season.” said Jamie Ferguson, chair of the national KidSport organization. "Financial circumstances should not be a barrier to children participating in sport, but the reality is, this is often the case. We want to make a difference in the lives of these children, youth and families and provide them the positive experience and benefits of sport. We think the generosity of Canadians can help us achieve it."

In Canada, one in three families can't afford to register their kids in sport, and KidSport believes that no kid should be left on the sidelines. Every kid should be given the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of sport. KidSport provides grants for all sports to support children in order to remove financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sport.

KidSport is excited to build on the success of last year's inaugural campaign to help more kids get in the game. The public can donate on-line to help more kids play organized sport. This year's campaign includes a public peer-to-peer fundraising component, so all Canadians including schools, clubs, leagues and workplaces, can set-up their own donation pages and raise funds through their own networks for KidSport. All donations can also be designated to a particular province or community. Gifts can also be made in someone else's name.

Learn more or get involved, visit, follow us on Twitter @KidSport, or join KidSport on Facebook.

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