Cyclists give Nanaimo kids a Jumpstart

Canadian Tire, Marks Work Warehouse and a team of 25 cyclists mounted up Wednesday to to make sure underprivileged kids get the fun and benefits of sports participation.

Up to one-third of Canadian families cannot afford to enrol their children in sport and recreation programs.

Canadian Tire, Marks Work Warehouse and a team of 25 cyclists mounted up Wednesday to to make sure underprivileged kids get the fun and benefits of sports participation.

The Jumpstart Pedal for Kids Cycling Tour pedals a 500-kilometre route across Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a national charity with more than 300 chapters across Canada that helps kids in financial need participate in organized sport and recreation.

It has helped more than 3,400 children and raised $196,000 in Nanaimo since 1995.

Sport and physical activity help kids develop athletic skills and build self esteem, social skills, concentration and character. Sport activities also help children learn cooperation, sharing, and even develop leadership skills.

During the ride, the team and corporate representatives will stop at elementary and high schools delivering Canadian Tire Jumpstart Kids Activity Kits. Two kits were given to John Barsby Community Secondary School and Georgia Avenue Community School Thursday (Sept. 22).

“It’s amazing how many kids they help,” said Misty Duifhuis, Nanaimo district community school coordinator and Nanaimo Jumpstart chapter member.

The kits contain basketballs, basketball nets, yoga mats, compasses and flags for orienteering, parachutes and juggling sets, which do not require special facilities and can be used indoors or outdoors. The kits are also designed around games and sports children are not familiar with, forcing them to learn and explore new things together.

“They’re going to have to learn a brand new sport together,” Duifhuis said. “So that makes it exciting as well because it levels out the playing field. The whole goal with Jumpstart is to get kids who aren’t physically active, active.”

The tour started in Victoria today and rides through several Island communities including Nanaimo, Duncan, Courtenay and Campbell River before crossing to the Mainland for stops in Powell River and Sechelt and finishing in Vancouver Sunday (Sept. 25).

This is the first time the ride takes place on the Island and is much larger than one hosted on Canada’s East Coast in 2010, which had six riders.

Participating riders range from seasoned long-distance veterans who have trained for months to less advanced riders have trained for much shorter periods.

For more information about Jumpstart, please visit Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart website at

To find out more about the Jumpstart Pedal for Kids Cycling Tour and its riders, please visit

Just Posted

Janice Coady, left, Aimee Chalifoux and Linda Milford at a vigil for Amy Watts on Wednesday, June 16, outside Nanaimo city hall. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
‘We need to do better,’ says mother of woman who was killed in Nanaimo

Vigil held for former outreach worker Amy Watts, whose body was found downtown June 3

The B.C. Ministry of Education has announced close to $44 million for the province’s schools for COVID-19 recovery. (News Bulletin file)
Nanaimo-Ladysmith school stakeholders say COVID-19 recovery funding can make a difference

B.C. Ministry of Education announces it expects a ‘near-normal’ return to class in September

Nanaimo artist Melissa Anderson has paintings on display at White Rabbit Coffee Co. for the next month. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo painter showcases coastal Island views in first exhibit in two years

Melissa Anderson presents ‘Seascapes’ oil painting exhibit at White Rabbit Coffee Co.

New COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island by local health area for the week of June 6-12. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control image)
New COVID-19 cases up on Island, but health officials say trends going right way

There were 22 new COVID-19 cases in Greater Victoria last week after just four the week before

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

The Co-op gas station at Whiskey Creek is burning after a camper van exploded while refueling just before 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
Exploding camper van torches Highway 4 gas station between Qualicum Beach and Port Alberni

Highway traffic blocked after Whiskey Creek gas station erupts into flames

Helen Austin performing with Trent Freeman at the 2018 Vancouver Island MusicFest. Austin is one of the many performers listed for the 2021 event.
Vancouver Island MusicFest goes virtual for 2021

Black Press to stream 25 hours of programming July 9-11

Greater father involvement in the home leads to improved childhood development and increased marital satisfaction, says expert. (Black Press Media file photo)
Vancouver Island researcher finds lack of father involvement a drag on gender equality

Working women still taking on most child and household duties in Canada: UVic professor

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan, May 25, 2021, including larger gatherings and a possible easing of mandatory masks on July 1. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. records 120 new COVID-19 cases, second vaccines accelerating

Lower Pfizer deliveries for early July, Moderna shipments up

A Heffley Creek peacock caught not one - but two - lifts on a logging truck this month. (Photo submitted)
Heffley Creek-area peacock hops logging trucks in search of love

Peacock hitched two lifts in the past month

The Calgary skyline is seen on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
2 deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant in Alberta, 1 patient was fully immunized

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the patients likely acquired the virus in the hospital

The first suspension bridge is the tallest in Canada, with a second suspension bridge just below it. The two are connected by a trail that’s just over 1 km. (Claire Palmer photo)
PHOTOS: The highest suspension bridges in Canada just opened in B.C.

The Skybridge in Golden allows visitors to take in views standing at 130 and 80 metres

Most Read