Building Smart and Caring Communities through the Community Foundation

Grant Will Help Kids Access Skating Programs in Keremeos

Sarah Trudeau (right)

Sarah Trudeau (right)

The Friends of the Keremeos Skating Rink received an $1,196 grant from the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan | Similkameen on Monday Sept. 16.

Friends of the Keremeos Skating Rink works to reduce the financial barriers to recreational skating programs for kids.

Since 2009 the group has been subsidizing the cost of programs such as mites hockey, drop-in sticks and pucks hockey, skating lessons and recreational public skating.

The subsidy lowers the fees to the public so these programs are more accessible to all families.  Each year Friends have provided free passes for public skating to all children in the area.

We also provide skates, helmets, skate aids, hockey nets and hockey protective equipment for use at the rink.  This helps to outfit growing children so they can participate safely in skating and hockey.

The $1,196 grant from the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan | Similkameen makes a significant addition to the $2,700 raised so far this year by the Friends of the Keremeos Skating Rink:  raffle, refundable beverage container collection, Kars Under the “K” support, plus RDOS Grants in Aid from Area “B”, Area “G”, and the Village of Keremeos.

The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan | Similkameen has served our region for over 20 years, working with donors to create legacies in the form of permanent endowment funds. Grants are distributed from income earned, preserving the capital to ensure a perpetual stream of funds. They are currently working to start a local community fund to specifically support projects that improve the quality of life in the area of Keremeos, Cawston, Hedley and Olalla.

 

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