TORONTO, Feb. 21 /CNW/ - Families gathered at YMCAs across the Greater
Toronto Area (GTA) today to celebrate Family Day and kick off the YMCA
Strong Kids Campaign, which raises money so more kids can participate
in life-enhancing YMCA programs.
The YMCA opened its eight Health, Fitness and Recreation Centres to the
public for free on Family Day to host the kick-off, which featured
finalists from So You Think You Can Dance Canada, and fun fitness activities for the whole family to enjoy, including
dancing and swimming.
"At the YMCA, we believe that everyone should be able to participate in
our programs regardless of their financial means," said Medhat Mahdy,
President and CEO, YMCA of Greater Toronto. "Through the YMCA Strong
Kids Campaign, we can ensure that our communities are home to the
healthiest children, teens and young adults in the decade to come."
In 2010, the YMCA of Greater Toronto provided financial assistance to
more than 41,000 people through the YMCA Strong Kids fundraising
campaign. Whether it's a roof over their head in a time of crisis, a
place to go after school, a recreation program, or a residential or
skills development camp, the YMCA is there for our kids.
"The YMCA is like a second home to me," said Alex Shynkarenko, a YMCA
Academy student who has benefitted from the Strong Kids Campaign. "I've
been able to discover my skills and passions, meet new friends and
accomplish more than I ever thought I could."
With the help of the community, every kid can be a strong kid. For more
information about the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign or to donate, visit ymcastrongkids.ca.
About the YMCA of Greater Toronto
Established in 1853, The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity connecting
with more than 504,000 people at 274 locations. Serving the population
of the GTA, Durham, Peel, York, Halton Regions and Dufferin County, the
YMCA works to build strong kids, families and communities. The YMCA, in
partnership with more than 250 organizations, offers a variety of
programs responding to the needs of the community, including
employment, education, newcomer programs, youth outreach and
intervention, fitness and recreation, child care and camps. ymcagta.org.
SOURCE YMCA of Greater Toronto
For further information:
YMCA of Greater Toronto
416-413-1020 ext. 2339