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Jumpstart program aimed at assisting youth athletically in Pictou County

Chris Kondracki is hoping that customers will once again show their support for Canadian Time’s annual Jumpstart campaign.

For the month of June, Canadian Tire stores across Canada are fundraising for Jumpstart, which provides funding to help kids become involved in sports who might not otherwise be able to. Money raised stays in the community it was raised in, said Kondracki, who owns the New Glasgow location.

“Every dollar that’s raised here will help people here in Pictou County,” Kondracki said.

He said there ares no administration costs because that’s handled by the Canadian Tire Corporation so people know that they money they give will go directly to youth.

Last year during the fundraising month, approximately $21,000 was raised in Pictou County, which provided assistance for 83 youth.

“We’re trying to do bigger and better every year,” Kondracki said. “It’s one way we can show our commitment to the community.”

This is Kondracki’s first year as owner of the New Glasgow store but at his previous store he said they achieved the goal of being the No. 1 store in Canada.

“I’m not sure if we can do that down here, but we’re certainly going to try,” he said.

There’s a lot of incentive to finish in the top in Canada too. Canadian tire will throw in an extra $20,000 community bonus which can be used for a project in the community whether it’s related to sports or not.

In an effort to reach their goal, Kondracki is asking for the business community’s support as well as individuals. For businesses that contribute $500 or more, he said they have a contest for them which allows one of their employees the chance to win a weekend away at the Celtic Lodge.

Already the New Glasgow store has raised over $8,000, which is well on their way to the goal of $25,000.

People who feel their child could benefit from the Jumpstart program can find out more information and apply online at Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart website.

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