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YMCA of Northern BC kicks off 2020 Strong Kids fundraiser to help local children and youth

YMCA helps subsidize memberships, camps, Beyond the Bell
Director of Communications and Philanthropy Stephanie Deol (right) has announced the kickoff of annual YMCA STRONG KIDS campaign. (via Jess Fedigan)

The YMCA of Northern BC has officially started its annual campaign to help local children as well as families through subsidized services. 

Spokesperson Stephanie Deol says the YMCA subsidizes close to $300,000 each year for programs including memberships, camps and YMCA Beyond the Bell. 

“We are excited to kick off our campaign with the community," Deol says in a news release. 

"Our hope is that members of the community will donate and register for YMCA MEGATHON so we can continue to serve local families through our annual campaign and save YMCA Beyond the Bell for the students at Glenview Elementary." 

The Strong Kids initiative ensures Prince George children and families who are struggling financially have access to YMCA programs and services in the community.

One in five children and families are given financial assistance to be a part of the YMCA. 

The YMCA of Northern BC has set a goal of $60,000 by Aug. 30, 2020 to help children and youth participate in camps and programs.

They're also looking to raise an additional $85,000 to fund another year of Beyond the Bell which is an academic achievement program at Glenview Elementary for low income, vulnerable children.

The current funding for the project is scheduled to end in June of this year. 

The YMCA also announced the 2020 MEGATHON date at the beginning of January, where they are looking to surpass last year's record of $12,000 and reach $15,000 for the event scheduled for Mar. 7, 2020. 

You can donate online to the campaign. The YMCA also takes donations to the campaign all-year long.


Jess Fedigan

About the Author: Jess Fedigan

Jess Fedigan graduated from BCIT’s Broadcast and Online Journalism program in 2016 and comes from the Lower Mainland.
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