Families across the GTA enjoy fun on Family Day and support YMCA Strong Kids

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:

Danielle Scheinman,
YMCA of Greater Toronto
416-413-1020 ext. 2339


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