Cormack among finalists for national contest

Dave Kearsey dkearsey@thewesternstar.com
Published on February 15, 2016

Marie Morris is hoping the Cormack Recreation Commission can receive a piece of the $100,000 pie GoodLife Kids Foundation is giving away.

The Cormack Recreation Children and Youth Program, of which Morris is the treasurer, is one of 10 finalists in the Win 4 Kids promotion being run across the country by the GoodLife Kids Foundation — an organization that raises funds to support national, provincial and local programs that provide sustainable physical activity opportunities for kids and remove some of the barriers currently holding children back from living a healthy life.

All 10 finalists are automatic winners. How many votes an organization/program receives will determine how much of the $100,000 they will win. The number of votes they receive will determine if they win $12,000, $8,000 or $5,000 for their program that is getting kids active.

People can vote for their favourite organization/program from the 10 finalists. The organization/program with the most votes overall will be the national winner and receive $25,000.

Morris hopes to pick up some cash to help the town enhance and improve existing recreation facilities and programs in an effort to keep the 100 or so boys and girls in the community engaged in physical activity. They also would use any money they win to add things to the outdoor fitness park area and community centre where the youth converge in the community.

It’s all about getting youth active and hanging out with their friends in a fun environment. Children in Cormack are somewhat secluded from their friends in Deer Lake and Reidville, so providing a variety of activities for youth to enjoy can bring those children together more often than what they are now since they travel to Deer Lake for school.

The town has come a long way in the past six years since a major effort has been made to build recreational facilities and create programs for the youth in the town and surrounding areas.

Vote here: bit.ly/win4kids