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Skate exchange helps families in need

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Healthy Kids Community Challenge Skate Exchange happening at the Métis Nation of Ontario.
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Healthy Kids Community Challenge Skate Exchange happening at the Métis Nation of Ontario. SUBMITTED PHOTO

With the goal of trying to make skating more accessible and affordable for children and their families in North Simcoe, the Healthy Kids Community Challenge (HKCC) Skate Exchange, in partnership with the Métis Nation of Ontario, Healthy Weights Connection and Olympia Sports, is hosting a Skate Exchange for all members of the community on Thursday, Sept. 29 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at the Métis Nation of Ontario.

The HKCC Skate Exchange has received a number of donations from community members and local organizations including the ReStore in Midland who donated two large totes filled with skates, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, Métis Nation of Ontario and the Salvation Army, who provided them with a 50% discount. These generous donations, along with others in the community, have enabled the HKCC Skate Exchange to provide families who are in need, with a great pair of sharpened skates in a variety of sizes.

"We are very proud to work with these generous local businesses and members of our community. Their contributions have brought more awareness to the program and ultimately will allow us to collect and redistribute more skates," said Tracy Bald, community wellness co-ordinator with the Métis Nation of Ontario.

"The skate exchange promotes positive recreation, which builds self-esteem, develops friendships, and lets not only children, but families explore new interests and have fun together."

If you would like to donate or you are in need of skates for your child, please contact Tracy Bald at 705-526-6335 ext. 208 or tracyb@metisnation.org. Donations can be dropped off at Métis Nation of Ontario Georgian Bay Métis Council Office, 355 Cranston Crescent in Midland.



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