A $1,500 donation from the Warman Minor Softball Association (WMSA) will go a long way toward helping the Warman KidSport charity get more youngsters involved in organized sport.
Warman KidSport Coordinator Coralie Bueckert said the donation is needed.
“This cheque is really appreciated,” said Bueckert as she accepted the donation from WMSA President Jason Larner on Friday, December 16. “Right now we’re still short about $2,700 in funding for 2016.”
Bueckert said Warman KidSport has provided $20,000 in funding to 43 kids this year. The funds help families pay registration fees for organized minor sports like hockey and ball. The Warman and Martensville KidSport organizations are in turn funded by donations from corporations and individuals, as well as fundraising projects. Warman High School students are currently building a playhouse, sponsored by the Martensville A&W, the Clark’s Crossing Gazette and other businesses, that will be the grand prize in a raffle in the spring of 2017.
Larner said the WMSA executive made a decision to donate funds to KidSport as a way of giving back to the community.
“It helps fund kids who want to play organized sports,” said Larner. “Softball is one of those sports. We want kids to be included, and not left out because their parents can’t afford it.”
Next year is likely to see an increase in the number of applications for KidSport funding, said Bueckert.
“We anticipate that next year we’ll need to raise a minimum of $25,000 in order to meet the need that’s out there,” said Bueckert. “It’s a hidden need in many ways. You can’t see it, but it’s there just the same.:
Bueckert said not only are the number of applications for KidSport funding increasing, but so is the amount of money requested in each application.
“It used to be that you needed $200 or $300 to cover registration fees,” she said. “Now it’s not unusual to see $500 or even $1,000 in some cases. Sports are just getting more expensive.”
Bueckert said the local KidSport charity has come to an arrangement with the Canadian Tire ‘JumpStart’ program that enables families to access sports equipment.
“KidSport funding only covers registration costs,” said Bueckert.
Warman, Martensville and several other area communities also cooperate to provide funding for youngsters through an “Inter-Community Development Fund” which provides funding for organizations like Girl Guides, local dance clubs and other recreational and cultural groups.