The Bell Celebrity Skate and Swim for Rotary Youth Projects

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Presented by Agero is making everyone a winner!
Local fundraiser has kids eager to make a difference.

The Bell Celebrity Skate and Swim for Rotary Youth Projects Presented by Agero is giving young people all over the city a chance to team up with the Soo Greyhounds to raise money for a great cause – Rotary youth charities. On Tuesday, November 19 at the John Rhodes Community Centre, more than 500 participants will choose to skate with their OHL heroes or go swimming in the pool.

Pictured Above: Brayden, Ethan and Connor take a break from fundraising to pose with Matt Murray and Alex Gudbranson.

This year the fundraising competition is tough as the top fundraiser will receive a brand new PS4 gaming console. The rare prize has just been released in stores and Rotary has managed to secure one for the Skate and Swim.

“This year was a good experience for [Royal Purple] because we put the ownership on the players and they get to feel good about serving the community. We team them up with each other and they have to explain why they are collecting money when asking for donations.” said Coach Christine Zanini.

And it’s more than just fun and prizes. Half of all the money collected by local sports teams and youth groups will help to cover their expenses for important things like equipment and travel. The other half will go towards Rotary youth projects such as the Children’s Rehabilitation Centre – Algoma, the Rotary student exchange program and Easter Seals Ontario.

“I have recommended it to a lot of other individuals that are involved with youth activities. This is a win/win situation for everyone involved because Rotary does help a great amount in the community,” commented Manda Rivers – Manager of North Channel Lighting Minor Hockey. This is the first year for the North Channel Minor Hockey to participate in the event.

“The Bell Celebrity Skate and Swim Presented by Agero is one of those rare opportunities where everyone who participates wins. The kids that gather the pledges have a great night out with the Greyhounds as well as raising money for their individual teams. Of course Rotary wins because we get to support children with physical disabilities.” –Skate and Swim Chair, David Cartmill.

For more information please contact the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie at (705) 945-1279 or visit

About Rotary

The Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie has been an active part of the community since 1918. The club’s primary charitable mandate is to offer support to children with physical disabilities. This is done in close partnership with Easter Seals Ontario through fundraising projects such as the ROTARYFEST Take Your Pick Car Draw, Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids, TD Canada Trust Change for Change in the Life of an Easter Seals Child (formerly called Penny Power), the Easter Seals Telethon and Battle of the Sections. The club also supports community building events like ROTARYFEST – The Sault’s Summer Festival!, student exchange programs, the Algoma Rotary Science Fair and the Sault Ste. Marie Sports Awards program.

For more information please visit our Website or FaceBook page.


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