(MONCTON, N.B. – May 28, 2018) – The YMCA of Greater Moncton launched its 2018 Strong Kids Campaign today, setting a goal of $385,000 to ensure individuals and families can access its programs and services.

“We often wonder how our individual gift can have an impact,” says Steve Wilbur, chair of the local YMCA’s Board of Directors. “As a donor and volunteer, I have seen how the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign helps one person, one family and one program at a time. In fact, donations benefit our whole community. Research shows that when people feel a sense of belonging, their health improves - physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. Together we can build a healthier community and I encourage you to lend your support.”

Last year, the local Y met its goal of $350,000, which supported the participation of more than 5,000 participants, says Zane Korytko, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Moncton.

“As a charity, we believe everyone deserves the opportunity to lead a healthy life, regardless of where they or their circumstances,” says Kortyko. “That is why you will find us taking extra steps to provide financial assistance to make Y programs affordable for everyone, ensuring accessibility for children, youth and families of all abilities, ages and backgrounds. We also deliver programs targeting specific groups and neighborhoods without cost to participants.”

According to Korytko, here is how a gift—no matter the size—can make a difference:

·        $10 will support a teen for a month at the Y drop-in program, a program that builds skills, self-esteem and sense of belonging.

·        $20 will enroll a child in YMCA swim lessons so he/she can learn the necessary skills and safety measures to save his/her own life — or someone else's.

·        $50 gives more young people who are suspended from school the opportunity to confront their challenges constructively, in a safe and stimulating environment.

·        $99 helps an entire family become active and enjoy ‘unplugged’ time together at their YMCA.

To donate to the YMCA of Greater Moncton Strong Kids Campaign, please visit www.ymcamoncton.ca