Log Barn employee Charlene Lindenbach (left) presents a donation to KidSport representative Ann Holmes (right). Spallumcheen Mayor Janice Brown (second from left) and Vernon Mayor Rob Sawatzky join the celebrations to support the KidSport charity.

Log Barn gives kids a sporting chance

With a successful London Olympics behind us, if ever there was a time for kids to be inspired by athletics, it would be now.

With a successful London Olympics behind us, if ever there was a time for kids to be inspired by athletics, it would be now.

Thanks to the Log Barn 1912, a number of those kids dreams are one step closer.

The Log Barn hosted a ceremony recently to announced a donation to Greater Vernon KidSport.

The donation worth $6,570 is the largest donation ever received to date for KidSport and will go a long way to allowing kids access to sports.

“We wanted to do something that was community based and would bring a positive impact into our community,” said Eric Clark, owner of the Log Barn.

The donation comes through the Honouring Tradition; Sunday Sales Program.

Historically the Log Barn has always been closed on Sundays, but those doors were opened on the condition that all the proceeds go towards a local charity.

The Log Barn carried through with their decision to open Sundays and now kids in the community will reap the benefit.

According to Ann Holmes, the funding allocator for Greater Vernon KidSport, Greater Vernon KidSport has already funded just under $25,000 to just under 200 children in 16 different sports so far in 2012.

“Very few kids, if any, are turned away. That’s why it says ‘So All Kids Can Play,’” said Holmes.

The Log Barn’s donation alone will provide at least 50 kids with funding.

While the generosity was evident at the ceremony, Holmes also brought attention to the modesty behind the donation.

“The owners were just in the background. They didn’t want the recognition, they wanted it to go to the Log Barn and its staff,” said Holmes.

KidSport is run on a non-profit platform that involves the work of unpaid staff and volunteers like Holmes.

The organization doesn’t receive any financial support from the government and relies solely on donations from events and organizations like the Log Barn.

On Saturday KidSport will benefit from Bimbledon, a badminton tournament that’s taking place at the DND grounds and has more than 200 participants signed up. Last year it raised $4,000 for the organization.

Events and donations like these are all geared towards one thing, the kids. And with the continued support, one day these kids might be the ones we’ll be cheering for at the Olympics.

“We try to do the best that we can to make sure that the kids get involved and stay involved. We’re just waiting for an Olympic kid to come out of our program,” said Holmes.

For more information on Greater Vernon KidSport or how to apply for funding, visit www.greatervernonkidsport.ca.


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