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Press release from CNW Group

Media Advisory / Photo Opportunity - Government of Canada shows commitment to kids in sport with $1 million donation to Canadian Tire Jumpstart

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Media Advisory / Photo Opportunity - Government of Canada shows commitment to kids in sport with $1 million donation to Canadian Tire Jumpstart09:30 EST Wednesday, January 25, 2012TORONTO, Jan. 25, 2012 /CNW/ - Swimming and safety in the water are an important part of Canadian kids' lives. Yet, 1 in 3 Canadian families cannot afford to enrol their kids in sport and recreation programs*. Canadian Tire Jumpstart helps break down this financial barrier and works with communities to create programs that give kids the chance to play.To help make this possible, the Government of Canada has once again shown their commitment to Jumpstart with a generous donation of $1,000,000. This donation will help fund programs, such as the Jumpstart Swim Development program in partnership with the City of Brampton and the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The swimming program is aimed at teaching drowning prevention and entry level swimming skills to over 1,200 new Canadians in Brampton. The donation will take place during a demonstration of this unique program.WHEN:   Thursday, January 26, 2012 10:00am - 11:00am  WHERE: Cassie Campbell Community Centre 1050 Sandalwood Parkway West, Brampton  WHAT: Speaking remarks Cheque presentation Poolside demonstration of the Jumpstart Swim Development program  WHO:   Hon. Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport) Dan Thompson, President, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities Representatives from the provincial and municipal government Professional swim athletes Children from the Jumpstart Swim Development programABOUT CANADIAN TIRE JUMPSTARTCanadian Tire Jumpstart is a national, charitable program that helps kids aged four to 18 with financial need to participate in organized sports and recreation. The program helps cover the cost of registration, equipment and/or transportation. Since its launch in 2005, Jumpstart has helped nearly 400,000 kids.*2011 Vision Critical / Angus Reid For further information: Adrienne Alexander Corporate Communications, Canadian Tire Corporation 416-480-3507 or adrienne.alexander@cantire.com