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Vol.3 #2

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14 W hen it comes to fundraising Blenheim Youth Centre of Blenheim, Ontario does it right! From parties to walks, from raffles to tournaments, nothing is out of scope for Blenheim YC. Fundraising for youth has become an annual community effort, involving local business, organizations, and families. The events run in every season of the year, bringing the community together! Blenheim Youth Centre is funded solely through the fundraising efforts of the Board of Directors, staff, community and youth. How amazing it must be to be a financially independent youth centre! The Centre serves youth ages 10-18 in after school and summer programming. They offer recreational activities, arts & crafts, cooking & nutrition, educational and employment support, and volunteerism. Partnerships are another asset that is vital to the programming of youth centres. Recently, through their incredible fundraising efforts and a partnership with Motivate Canada, Blenheim YC was able to offer a 2-day program entitled P.L.A.Y. that allowed females age 9-13 to learn from local female leaders. The program taught young women about female empowerment, physical and mental health. Without the consistent support from the community, these programs wouldn't be possible. Blenheim YC has an event for everyone's taste! In October, they hold a Halloween party at a local country club and the tickets sell fast! From January to May, the team holds a Spring Raffle that gives away weekly and grand prizes. A new event this year is a Golf Tournament hosted by RBC and Royal LePage that was hosted in May. The summer months are busy for Blenheim YC. In June, the "Trot on the Beach" marathon and the biggest fundraiser of the year, the Survivor Challenge is held. July holds the Cherry Fest where Blenheim YC runs Cherry Central, selling all things cherry! Out of these few ex- amples, the most creative and largest community event is the Survivor Challenge. 2018 saw the Blenheim Youth Centre 11th Annual "24-hour Survivor Challenge" on June 15th and 16th. Throughout the Spring teams of two registered to represent local businesses, organizations or themselves as community members. Each team commits to raising at least $500 per team member through pledges and corporate sponsorships. Local businesses and organizations can become bronze, silver, gold or platinum sponsors; and the Centre gets a lot of sponsors! On the day of the event, contestants compete in a number of challenges to gain rewards or result in elimination, within a 24-hour period. There are mental and physical tasks that weaken the contestants but the last person remaining is the "Sole Survivor." The winner receives a top prize of a travel expense valued at $2500. The top fundraiser and final 10 also receive prizes. What's most important, however, is the money that's raised for the youth of Blenheim. To give you an idea, 5 years ago, in 2013 the teams raised $40 000! This year the event started off with music from the Jessika Rabbit Band, BBQ, games and face painting. Did we mention that the event is FREE for all community members?! So many people came out that Saturday, including the Total Dance Alliance, Golden Eagle Gymnastic Club, Erin's Dance Club, Dynasty Martial Arts and so many more. Fundraising was also a success this year, with a total of over $28,900 raised! The 11th year surely went over well. Engaging the community and having some fun while also supporting the youth is what the BYC is all about! Check out the Survivor Challenge on Facebook @BYCSurvivorChallengeFundraiser or find the centre @BlenheimYouthCentre. Blenheim Youth Centre: Experts at Fundraising?! "People will be voted off, alliances will be formed, challenges will be met – but more importantly money will be raised for the youth in Blenheim."

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