On August 1, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities announced that an $115,000 grant has been just awarded towards Kindersley’s Aquatic Centre in order increase the accessibility of the centre.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is in its inaugural year of giving out grants, and the Town of Kindersley is one of the nine recipients to be picked out of the 200-plus grant submissions the organization received.

“I only wish we had the ability to fund them all,” Scott Fraser, President of Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities said in a recent media release. “Congratulations to our first Accessibility Grant recipients and to all those who are dedicated to making something special happen for deserving kids.”

The grant funds are to be directly used to construct two Poolpods for each of the pools that are in the Aquatic Centre. Poolpod is a multi-award winning swimming pool lift, appropriate for new build facilities, and replacement of pool hoists in existing pools. The Poolpod pool platform lift was developed for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games and is now transforming pool access.

“Poolpods are designed to help people who experience mobility challenges to overcome accessibility barriers when it comes to using an aquatic centre,” Marco Di Buono, the Associate Vice President of Operations and Programs for Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, said in a recent interview. “They do this and more, as the Poolpods do not require an operator, they allow the person to independently operate it and move themselves in and out of the pools at will.”

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The Town of Kindersley was one of the over 200 applicants who applied for the grant monies, and was one of the few to actually receive the funds.  “The Town of Kindersley should be very proud to be one of the few to receive the grant funds.” Di Buono said that when the Jumpstart committee reached out to the town of Kindersley to screen the application, they found that Kindersley was more than ready with answers.  “Their response to our questions was outstanding, their answers showed forethought and a passion to make the future Kindersley Aquatic Centre a centre to be enjoyed by all.”

According to the recent media release, 2018 marks the first of five years the Jumpstart Accessibility Grants will be available.  “Applications for the 2019 grants scheduled to open in December 2018 via Eligible organizations include municipalities and public recreation centres and facilities, schools and community organizations with publically accessible facilities, and public recreation spaces owned and operated by private foundations.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is a national charity dedicated to helping kids overcome financial and accessibility barriers to sport and recreation in order to provide inclusive play for kids of all abilities. With an extensive, national network of more than 2,100 Community Partners and nearly 300 local chapters, Jumpstart helps eligible families cover the costs of registration, transportation, and equipment, and provides funding to selected organizations for recreational infrastructure and programming. Supported by the Government of Canada through Sport Canada and the Canadian Tire Family of Companies, which includes Canadian Tire, PartSource, Gas+, FGL (Sport Chek, Hockey Experts, Sports Experts, National Sports, Intersport and Atmosphere), Mark’s and Canadian Tire Financial Services, Jumpstart has enabled 1.6 million Canadian kids and counting to get in the game since 2005.”

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