Help give kids a JUMPSTART to play

Mowbrays’ Canadian Tire ‘JUMPSTART’ is just around the corner and it’s promising to be bigger and more exciting than ever.

                                                 Train Wreck coming to Jumpstart

JUMPSTART is all about kids and the importance that ‘play’ means in their lives. For some families, it can be difficult financially to have their children involved in extra-curricular activities and that’s where the community comes in.

The Mowbray family, owners of Canadian Tire in Port Elgin, believe in giving back. “JUMPSTART is our way of helping those who are having a difficult time for whatever reason,” says Eleanor Mowbray.  “This is all about the kids and we are continually amazed at the generosity of our community.  Each year, the amount donated continues to grow but so does the need.  It helps children not only be able to take part in sports such as hockey, soccer, baseball and gymnastics but also in things like dance. We are also extremely concerned with preserving the  dignity of families so privacy is very protected.”

On May 26th, the Canadian Tire Parking Lot will come alive with something for every member of the family.

The day begins with the Annual Saugeen Shores Police Bike Auction at 10:00 a.m. – a chance to pick up a bike for little cost and to meet the town’s new Police Chief, Mike Bellai.  Following the auction it’s time for the bike safety rodeo or, if your bike needs a little TLC, Martin’s Bicycle Shop of Southampton will be on hand for tune-ups.

As the morning wears on, appetites can build up and the Mowbray ‘Canadian Tire Family’ will be there with a delicious BBQ and cold drink, along with face painting.

Ever thrown a baseball and had your speed clocked?  Now is your chance at the ball pitch with the Middleton ‘boys’.

To add even more to the excitement, Dan Carey and ‘Train Wreck’ monster truck will be paying a visit along with NASCAR All America Series driver Nick Goetz and his late model Chevy Impala SS.

“This is the largest FUNdraiser of the year for kids,” says Eleanor Mowbray, “as the Jumpstart Foundation matches every dollar.  When we first started, we helped 18 children and, then, last year, the number was up to 143 and is still growing AND all the funds raised stay LOCAL.”

There was a Royal wedding on May 19th and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, asked that, in lieu of wedding gifts, donations be made to children’s charities.

 In Canada, that Charity was …  JUMPSTART!

Come out on Saturday, May 26th, where there will be fun for the whole family and you’ll be able to help kids grow and have fun at play.