Canadian Tire Jumpstart Days to help up to 20,000 kids in need play sports this summer

    Canadian Tire stores will be donating $1 for every purchase to help give
    kids in financial need the chance to play organized sports and recreation

    TORONTO, May 28 /CNW/ - During one of the busiest weekends of the season,
Canadian Tire is inviting customers to stop in for fun activities,
refreshments and big savings in order to help give kids in financial need
across Canada the chance to play. During Canadian Tire Jumpstart Days on
Saturday, May 30th and Sunday, May 31st, 2009, Canadian Tire is donating $1 to
Canadian Tire Jumpstart(R) for every purchase made. Events are being held in
communities across the country with the goal of giving 20,000 kids in
financial need the chance to play organized sports and recreation this summer.
    "One in three kids is still not able to play a sport in Canada because of
financial barriers and Jumpstart Days is Canadian Tire's way of changing that
statistic," says Dan Thompson, president, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities.
"When our community partners talk to us about the significance of Canadian
Tire Jumpstart, they tell us that the benefits go far beyond enabling kids in
financial need to participate in organized sport and recreation. It helps kids
to develop important life skills, self esteem and confidence...skills that
lasts a lifetime."
    In addition to the $1 donation for every purchase made this weekend at
all Canadian Tire stores in Canada, many stores in the towns and cities listed
below, are hosting family-fun sports activities and barbecues to raise
additional funds for Canadian Tire Jumpstart - all to help give 20,000 kids in
financial need the chance to play! Customers are encouraged to contact their
local Canadian Tire store for more details:

    British Columbia

    Burnaby                  Mission                    Richmond

    Kamloops                 Port Coquitlam             Victoria

    Langley                  Quesnel                    Whiterock


    Athabasca                Calgary                    Fort McMurray

    Brooks                   Cochrane                   Olds


    Moose Jaw                Saskatoon


    Brandon                  Selkirk                    Winnipeg


    Alliston                 Kanata                     St. Catharines

    Brampton                 Keswick                    Sault Ste. Marie

    Brantford                Kingston                   Simcoe

    Brockville               London                     Sturgeon Falls

    Cambridge                Marathon                   Thunder Bay

    Casselman                Mississauga                Toronto

    Chatham                  Nipigon                    Waterloo

    Cobourg                  North Bay                  Welland

    Espanola                 Orleans

    Georgetown               Ottawa


    Fredericton, NB          Tracadie-Sheila. NS        Grand Falls, NFLD

    Moncton, NB              Yarmouth, NS               Marystown, NFLD

    Saint John, NB           Stephenville, NFLD

    Canadian Tire Jumpstart(R) is a community-based charitable program that
helps underprivileged kids across Canada aged 4-18 participate in organized
sports and recreation by covering costs such as registration fees,
transportation and equipment. To date, there are 279 Canadian Tire Jumpstart
chapters in communities across the country and more than 159,500 kids have
been helped by the program.

For further information:

For further information: Lisa Gibson, Canadian Tire, (416) 544-7655,; Sarah Rodgers, Canadian Tire, (416) 480-3348,

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