CTFS’ Jumpstart Run for Kids raised almost $5K for programs in Niagara

Almost $5,000 was raised Sunday at CTFS’ Jumpstart Run for Kids. CTFS photo

CTFS press release – On Sunday, Oct. 6/2019, close to 150 people participated in Canadian Tire Financial Services’ (CTFS) 4th annual Jumpstart Run for Kids in St. Catharines. This year’s run raised more than $5K, with all proceeds going to support Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities’ programs in the Niagara community.

“Giving back to the community, and supporting Jumpstart Charities, is a key part of our culture at Canadian Tire,” said David DiFelice, the Vice President of Customer Service and Operations at Canadian Tire Financial Services. “Sports and recreation provide kids with so much, from building confidence, and leadership skills, to friendships and overall health. Our work with Jumpstart enables us to help kids of all abilities in our community overcome financial and accessibility barriers to sport and recreation so that they too can benefit from these activities.”

Organized and run entirely by Canadian Tire employee volunteers, the 1K, 5K and 10K courses ran along the Welland Canal. This year’s event was also sponsored by several community organizations and local businesses.

“We have a very dedicated team,” said Holly Abbott, Associate Vice President of Corporate Customer Support at Canadian Tire Financial Services and the Lead of CTFS’ 2019 Jumpstart Run for Kids. “We have 30 employees here on their day off to support the run. Our team is proud to support Jumpstart, which has helped more than 2 million Canadian kids since 2005. Our commitment to the community is a key part of what makes Canadian Tire such a great place to work.”