By getting active Langley residents can also help kids play sports, through taking part in the first MOVE430 virtual challenge event held by the Langley KidSport chapter.
Organizer James Palframan called it a “win-win” for the community.
“The challenge is to get people moving at a time when they need it the most,” Palframan explained.
He described it as a “100 per cent volunteer” event, which means all of the registration fees will go to help kids.
Registration for our MOVE430 event is officially open! Simply commit to any MOVEment for at least 30 minutes for 30 days in April and track it to complete the challenge! #MOVE430. Pssst…you'll be helping more kids get into #sport along the way. Register: https://t.co/6sacWqa3FR pic.twitter.com/XE3h6oQAF7
— KidSport Langley (@KidSportLangley) February 16, 2021
Like all sports organizations, the pandemic has taken a toll on KidSport in Langley, Palframan said.
In 2020, they administered 60 grants to Langley sports organizations for kids in need, totalling $15,300, down “significantly” from 2019 when Langley KidSport administered 159 grants, totalling $42,682, Palframan reported.
The hope is the MOVE430 challenge will help fill some of that gap, by encouraging people to register online to run, walk, bike, swim and hike for at least 30 minutes per day for 30 days.
Registration is open until the end of March, and the challenge will run April 1 to 30.
People who take part will receive Kidsport swag, digital challenge badges, and there will be custom finished medals for those who complete the challenge.
Daily, weekly and grand prizes are up for grabs.
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Formed in 2010, KidSport Langley is part of the national KidSport Canada organization that provides grants to help cover the costs of registration fees so that all kids aged 18 and under can play a season of sport.
The Langley chapter accepts applications and administers confidential grants of up to $300 per child, per season.
KidSport estimates one in three Canadian kids can’t afford organized sport registration costs.
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