Local runners get ready to move – Ontario News

Local runners get ready to move – Ontario News

Brian Shelley wants his four-year-old to learn the importance of community.

Last year, Shelley and his son Henry ran 1k for Move to Give, a fundraiser for the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka. This year, Shelley, who is also vice president of philanthropy for the organization, hopes they can go a little further and complete the 5k.

“I know I’ll have to push him a bit in the stroller,” he said. “But he knows his grandparents have sponsored him, and that he’s running not just for himself but to raise money to help people access programs that they wouldn’t be able to afford.”

Move to Give, being held across all eight locations in Simcoe/Muskoka on April 1, is the biggest fundraiser for the organization, raising money to support programs and membership subsidies for families. Last year, the Y reached its goal of $65,000 and this year, the organization has set its sights on bringing in $85,000.

“It’s important to get the kids out and get them healthy and be active,” said Becky Horvath, supervisor of memberships in Orillia. “Kids are in here all the time; and you see them growing up into youth, and they continue to come here and make friends.”

For last month, she said, 33% of the city’s YMCA membership was made up of kids and youth.

But the highest membership rate in this category is at the Innisfil YMCA, with 46% of February membership being that of kids and youth, said Alex McIntosh, manager of philanthropy, for all eight YMCA locations in Simcoe and Muskoka.

The reason, he said, may be that Innisfil has a lot of young families and the Y is the only recreation centre there.

For Move to Give, McIntosh said, “We hope to…

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