Blessed Trinity students win $5,000 award for Canadian Tire’s Jump Start program

Youth in Philanthropy event marks fifth year at Grimsby catholic high school

It’s an opportunity to play sports that nearly 751 Grimsby kids wouldn’t have.

Now, thanks to four Blessed Trinity students, Canadian Tire’s Jump Start Program has an extra $5,000 to help more kids in the community enrol in sports programs.

Blessed Trinity takes part in a program called Youth and Philanthropy (YPI), funded by the Toskan Casale, Mirella and Lino Saputo Foundation, and TD Bank, which gives $5,000 to a local community organization.

Students from the school’s grade 10 civics class each made presentations on behalf of charities in the community, as a bid for the $5,000 donation.

A panel of judges, consisting of school board, student and community members, including the mayors of Lincoln and Grimsby, deliberated at the end to choose the winner.

Students in the audience voted as well, determining the winner of an additional $500 prize.

Of the seven finalists, the group representing Canadian Tire’s Jump Start program won both the students’ choice award and the grand prize.

“It was an eye-opener,” said Quinn Ciardelli, who was surprised to know that nearly one in three families cannot afford to enrol their children in sports. “To see that number and see how Grimsby is affected,” he added, explaining that it really hit home with him.

The $5,500 will go toward enrolling Grimsby children in skating, hockey, soccer, basketball, and other sports.

The group in their presentation stressed the importance of physical activity in maintaining health, giving purpose, and ensuring positive outcomes for kids in the community.

Other presentations were for organizations like Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region, Albright Manor, Community Living of Grimsby, Lincoln, West Lincoln, Village of Hope and McNally House.

“This means a lot for all the not-for-profits across Niagara,” said West Lincoln Mayor Doug Joyner, who sits on the board for YPI. “There’s never enough money for social services in the Niagara region.”

This year, YPI and the Toskan Casale foundation are awarding more than $250,000 to initiatives like Jump Start, through school events across the country.

Source: Niagara This Week