Playing pool for stronger kids

Cumberland YMCA begins annual fundraising drive

Published on February 15, 2017

Jeff MacNeil, the Cumberland YMCA’s manager of development, and Dooly’s Amherst manager Lorraine Ramsay prepare to play a game of pool. The YMCA is launching its Strong Kids Campaign and the first event is next Friday’s Cue for Kids.

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AMHERST, N.S. – Because of Strong Kids, dozens of children get to participate in YMCA programs they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford.

The Cumberland YMCA is launching its annual fundraising program that collects money to support sponsored memberships.

“One in six people that access the YMCA of Cumberland are able to do so because of the Strong Kids Campaign,” the Cumberland YMCA’s manager of development Jeff MacNeil said. “Each year we strive to be able to continue to offer these programs to individuals in Cumberland County, who otherwise would not be able to take part in programs the YMCA offers due to financial barriers.”

The campaign goal is $90,000.

For example, MacNeil said the money raised by the campaign helps struggling families enjoy fun activities at the YMCA, it helps children learn to swim, helps teens learn to lead and feel success and enables children to participate in recreation and physical activities.

MacNeil said funds from Strong Kids also allow families to use a trusted child-care centre and access the facility’s wellness centre.

The first event in the campaign is the annual Cues for Kids next Friday, Feb. 24 at Dooly’s in Amherst.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $20 each. Tickets include a beverage, pizza, pool and an opportunity to win a travel prize pack that includes a $500 travel voucher from Maritime Travel, luggage and travel-related items.

There will be live, local entertainment with The Siddalls, Steve Wells, R.A. Lautenschlager and Wayne Harper and Slim Pickens, a silent auction and 50/50 draw.

On Saturday, Feb. 25, the Cues for Kids Scotch Doubles Pool Tournament will be held at Dooly’s.

Cost is $30 per team with registration at 12:30 p.m. and play beginning at 1 p.m.

There will be prizes for first, second and third palce.

At the end of March there will be a Spin-a-Thon at the YMCA where members can get pledges to take part in a three-hour cyclefit event.

Last year’s event raised $2,000.

The annual Strong Kids ball hockey tournament will be held in May.

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