The High River Canadian Tire Jumpstart fundraiser has officially won for the second year in a row, by topping all other Canadian Tire stores for donations in Western Canada.

On July 31, the High River crew announced their raising efforts of a total of $21,443 dollars this year for Jumpstart, and being awarded an additional $20,000 that will get re-invested into the community.  The event took place on Saturday June 9th.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Ambassador Tricia Rakos says, this years celebration topped even last years successful event.

"Our party was amazing, we figure we had over 1000 people come down and celebrate, we have a lot to celebrate as we are the only Canadian Tire store to have won this grant for two years in a row, we even raised more funds than we did last year which sat around $17,000. With this years contributions we hope to continue to support the recreation in our community."

The Jumpstart program aims to assist families who may be struggling financially, to enroll their children in sports, and other recreational activities.

Rakos says, getting your kids involved in some of these programs, isn't always easy.

"Whether it's program fees or equipment, the costs add up. We occasionally get sporting teams that apply for funding as well to try and reduce costs, so anything we can do to help those kids out and playing sports is an amazing thing."

The High River Canadian Tire are also celebrating being the only Canadian Tire store, to win the Western Region Award, for fundraising the most money in Western Canada for two consecutive years.

Rakos says the fundraising news isn't over yet.

"We are still waiting to hear from...confirmation, if we are the top earning store in all of Canada but as it currently stands, we are either the first or second highest fundraising store for Jumpstart."

Rakos says that the additional $20,000 dollar grant will be put towards funding various recreational projects within the town.


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