Times flies and it hardly seems like a year since JUMPSTART 2018 took place but it’s time for Jumpstart 2019 and it’s just around the corner at Mowbray’s Canadian Tire in Port Elgin.
The day is all about kids and the importance that ‘play’ means in their lives. For some families however, it can be difficult financially to have their children involved in extra-curricular activities and that’s where the community and Mowbray’s come 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. “JUMPSTART helps children not only be able to take part in sports such as hockey, soccer, baseball and gymnastics but also in things like dance,” adds Eleanor. “We are also extremely concerned with preserving the dignity of families so privacy is very protected.”
On May 25th, the Canadian Tire Parking Lot will come alive with something for every member of the family.
Saugeen Shores Police will again be holding 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.
To add even more to the excitement, Dan Carey and ‘Train Wreck’ monster truck will be paying a visit along with Race Car driver Jason Parker and his APC late model racing car.
All the activities can build up an appetite and the Mowbray ‘Canadian Tire Family’ will be there with a delicious BBQ and cold drink, along with face painting, all by donation for the kids.
“This is the largest FUNdraiser of the year for kids,” says Eleanor, “and it’s really important because the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Foundation matches every dollar raised. When we first started, we helped 18 children and, then, in 2017, the number was up to 143 and is still growing. Even better is the all the funds raised stay LOCAL so we hope everyone will come out and help kids be able to play.”