The Jumpstart program, which is run locally by Danielle Armstrong of Big Brothers, Big Sisters in Fort St. John, was designed to help provide less fortunate children from the ages of 4-17 the opportunity to get involved in sports, and helps them develop important life skills such as self esteem and confidence.
The ride will start in Hinton, Alberta and will wrap up in Calgary. Chadwick says that he has already surpassed his fundraising goal, but the more money that comes in to help for the cause, the better.
“My fundraising goal was $5,000, and we’ve currently raised $6,000, but were happy to raise more because it all goes to the kids, and nationally we’ve raised over $250,000.” Chadwick says.
All the money raised in Fort St. John stays within the community, and every dollar raised goes towards the children. The costs of staging the event is paid for by Canadian Tire.
Chadwick says he’s new to the event and decided to take part to try and build off of the success of last year’s program.
“Last year we were able to help 77 kids which costed $11,000, and this year [I] wanted to help more,” he explains. “I think Jumpstart is a great cause, and I wanted to do everything I could to help as many kids as I could”
Those wanting to donate to the cause can do so in a number of ways. To donate five dollars you can text “pedal13” to 45678, or you can also donate by clicking here.