On Saturday, May 30th, Jumpstart Day set up camp in front of Leduc’s Canadian Tire store, as it does each year at this time. Created and maintained across Canada by the iconic retail giant to provide opportunities for kids and youths who cannot pursue sports on their family’s budget, the Jumpstart program has a solid track record.
On a windy and cool morning, under a red awning, a group of dedicated volunteers clad in red t-shirts and aprons greeted shoppers cheerfully, offering delicious hot dogs and refreshments and graciously accepting donations. Rachel Yeung, City of Leduc’s Special Events Coordinator and a skilled athlete, is a passionate supporter of this program, and promotes it whenever she can. She was there to help, and soon her lithe frame was used to help secure the awning against the fierce winds.
Many Canadian families have felt grateful at some point for the existence of a program such as Jumpstart. As they say, “it takes a village to raise a child.” Together, and with programs such as Jumpstart, we can make a difference!