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Westminster Savings Foundation donates $10,000 to Athletics for Kids

Funding will support granting program to help BC kids play amateur sports

New Westminster, B.C., December 14, 2015 - More than 50 children in Metro Vancouver will have the opportunity to take part in amateur sports thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Westminster Savings Foundation.

The funding will help support the Athletics for Kids (a4k) sports granting program, which provides financial assistance to families at a disadvantage so that children can participate in organized sports activities.

“We are proud to support the Athletics for Kids youth sports granting program,” says Gavin Toy, President and CEO, Westminster Savings Credit Union. “We are committed to supporting projects that provide access to active living opportunities, and we believe that everyone should be able to experience the fun and personal enrichment that participation in sport activities can provide.”

The Athletics for Kids mission is to ensure that all BC kids, regardless of their socio-economic status, have access to youth amateur sport. In addition to program delivery, a4k aims to build awareness and inclusiveness in the community at large. Athletics for Kids is currently running a holiday giving campaign for those interested in helping the cause. There are a number of ways you can get involved: visit the a4k website to find out how to donate, make a4k your charity of choice, or help spread the word - tweet, like and share this information with friends and family.

“We are honoured to have been chosen by Westminster Savings Foundation to receive this grant” says Sandy Hancock, Executive Director of Athletics 4 Kids. “It is wonderful to combine forces with corporate citizens whose community priorities align with our goals and mission to get kids active and keep them active for the long-term. Grant applications continue to arrive at increased levels every day, and it is community partners like Westminster Savings that will allow us to assist even more needy families moving into 2016. We cannot thank Westminster Savings enough for all the support they have provided over the past year.”

About Westminster Savings Credit Union

At more than $3.2 billion in assets under management, over 400 employees, and 55,000 members, Westminster Savings is amongst the largest credit unions in Canada. Known for its customer and community focus, people oriented culture, and sound financial and operating practices, Westminster Savings provides a full range of retail, commercial, leasing and wealth management solutions to meet its customers’ evolving needs.

About Athletics for Kids

Athletics for Kids (a4k) has been putting BC children and youth into sports programs since 2002, and over the years, has ensured thousands of kids from low-income families have had a chance to get in the game! As a privately funded charitable organization, a4k works hard to fundraise through multiple events, partnerships and campaigns, so that no child gets turned away. This year, a4k will provide almost 900 youth sports grants to 5-18 year olds around BC, playing in over 40 different sports; up to $600 per year is provided to each qualified child and a4k will fund more than one sporting pursuit in a 12 month period, as long as they are not concurrent.

For more information

Cathryn Tucker
Manager, Corporate and Internal Communications
Westminster Savings