As part of the contest, GoodLife Kids Foundation is giving away a total of $100,000 to programs across Canada that are helping kids have a healthier future.
The iCan Bike program at ErinoakKids teaches children and youth with disabilities and special needs how to ride a two-wheeled bike independently. Offered in partnership with the US-based charity iCan Shine
, the program uses specialized bikes equipped with graduated rollers that provide support as children gain riding skills and confidence. By the end of the five-day intensive program, 80 per cent of the participants no longer need the rollers and can ride their home bikes on their own. This success in achieving a classic childhood milestone opens up social opportunities and enables them to ride with their family or neighbourhood friends. The iCan Bike program at ErinoakKids
is the only learn-to-ride program in Peel, Halton and Dufferin regions designed specifically for children with special needs.
After a National submission process, GoodLife Kids Foundation selected three finalists from the following regions: Western, Central and Atlantic Canada. All nine finalists will receive grants, but Canadians’ votes will determine the amount of the grants they receive. Based on the number of votes received in their region, organizations will receive a first place ($12,000), second place ($8,000) or third place ($5,000) grant. The organization that gets the most votes nationally will receive an additional national winner prize of $25,000, along with the first place regional prize of $12,000, for a total of $37,000.
“We are thrilled to have been selected as a finalist in the Win 4 Kids contest,” said Bridget Fewtrell, President and CEO of ErinoakKids. “Due to a variety of barriers, many children with disabilities and special needs never have the opportunity to learn to ride a bike independently. The support ErinoakKids will receive through the GoodLife Kids Foundation will help us to continue offering the iCan Bike program.”
The majority of the grant funds will be generated through fundraising efforts by GoodLife Fitness staff, members, partners, friends and family at the national Spin4Kids
event—Canada’s largest one-day spin-a-thon in support of GoodLife Kids Foundation. The finalists will receive their funding from Win 4 Kids at this year’s Spin4Kids event taking place across the country on Saturday, March 1.
“The reality is that only seven percent of Canadian kids achieve the recommended amount of daily physical activity,” said Lisa Burrows, Executive Director, GoodLife Kids Foundation. “GoodLife Kids Foundation believes we can change that reality and that is why we are excited to be launching our first Win 4 Kids contest. Through support of fantastic organizations like our nine finalists, we can work towards our vision of providing every Canadian kid the opportunity to live a fit and healthy good life.”
How to vote:
Online voting takes place on the Win 4 Kids Facebook contest page
. Voters can make their selection by logging into their Facebook account and selecting an organization. Voters require a Facebook account to participate and are only allowed to vote once during the contest.
Voting begins February 1 and goes until 11:50 p.m. on February 28.
On Saturday, March 1, 2014, all nine finalists will be asked to attend a Spin4Kids
event in their community to learn how much they’ll get through Win 4 Kids!
Help spread the word and support your local organization:
GoodLife Kids Foundation will be profiling all nine organizations on their Facebook pages: www.facebook.com/goodlifekids
In addition to voting, you can support ErinoakKids by spreading the word in your community: share the Win 4 Kids Facebook page, connect with @goodlifefkids on twitter and join the conversation using the hash tag #Win4Kids
Director of Communications
ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development
P: 905.855.2690 ext. 4301 | C: 416.624.9048
Public Relations Specialist, GoodLife Fitness
519-661-0190 ext. 424
About GoodLife Kids Foundation
GoodLife Kids Foundation is a private foundation with a vision for every Canadian kid to have the opportunity to live a fit and healthy good life. To date GoodLife Kids Foundation Grant Program has given $1.2 MILLION to more than 100 organizations, impacting over 200,000 Canadian children. To learn more about the GoodLife Kids Foundation Grant Program or to apply for a Grant go to: www.goodlifekids.com.
Join the conversation about getting Canadian kids active: www.facebook.com/goodlifekids
and @goodlifekids. 100% of the money you donate to GoodLife Kids Foundation goes to helping kids across Canada get active and healthy! GoodLife Fitness Clubs covers all of our administrative and operational expenses so that every dollar raised will make the biggest impact on the lives of Canadian kids.
About ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development
ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development is Ontario’s largest children’s treatment centre, serving more than 13,500 children and youth annually who have physical and developmental disabilities, autism, communication disorders, blindness/low vision and hearing loss. Our mission is to help our clients achieve optimal levels of independence, learning, health and well-being. We serve Halton, Peel, Dufferin — and, for some services — Waterloo and Wellington. ErinoakKids has approximately 650 staff and 10 sites from which we provide a comprehensive array of assessment, medical, therapy and support services that help children and their families. In 2011 the Ministry of Children and Youth Services approved a redevelopment project to enable ErinoakKids to consolidate its current facilities into three larger sites which will be ideally situated for easy access within our catchment area, and designed specifically for the care of children and youth with special needs. The new facilities are expected to open in 2017.