KidSport will now be able to help even more children play sports, thanks to some very generous monetary support.
The North West Redwater (NWR) Sturgeon Refinery's Community Investment Program has been supporting local groups and projects for years. Their main focus is donating to local youth and senior initiatives. Recently, they donated $2,500 to KidSport, an organization that helps families that struggle financially to sign their children up for sports.
"This one seemed like a good fit. Obviously, kids joining sports and the cost not being a barrier was something that we thought would be a big benefit to the kids," said Vanessa Goodman, manager of external relations with NWR Sturgeon Refinery.
The program tries to spread their resources to as many initiatives as they can, such as the Food Bank, building playgrounds and donating to libraries.
In the three years that the program has been running, they have donated almost $500,000, most of which comes from recycling. Any money made from recycling cans, bottles, scrap metal, copper wire or other materials from their site goes directly into their Community Investment Program.
"The odd time we've had an activity here on site and we have a couple vending machines, so there are other little pockets of money that we get, but the vast majority of the money comes from just the revenue that we get from recycling those old materials and the beverage containers," said Goodman.
The refinery plans to continue using that money to support community organizations that fit with their guidelines.
"Helping to support organizations like KidSport is a way that we can demonstrate that we are really committed to making sure that our presence in the community is positive."
Anyone can apply for funding through their website.