Jump start starts here

Corinna Yates
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Thanks to all the support from the people of Port aux Basques and the surrounding area, Canadian Tire has won a national competition that will bring Jonathan Towes, the captain of the Chicago Blackhawks, to town in August.

Bill Waechter, owner/operator of the Canadian Tire Store in Port aux Basques proudly holds the small red and white Jump Start ball that brought the store into First Place in a national competition, thanks to all the support of the local community. Along with the money raised for children in the community, it also comes with the opportunity to meet the captain of the Chicago Black Hawks, Jonathan Towes.

Bill Waechter is the owner of the local Canadian Tire in Port aux Basques. He is proud of the support he received from the local community.

His store was one of 480 in the country that ran a contest to raise money for the Canadian Tire Jump Start Program. The program is designed to help kids whose families do not have the means to put them in sports or other activities.

All money raised through the Jump Start program goes right back into the community.

“It is a phenomenal program,” said Mr. Waechter. “Every cent raised or donated to the program stays in the community.”

Mr. Waechter, who is the Newfoundland dealer representative for the Jump Start program, said children whose families do not have the means to put them into sports or physical activities can do so with the help of the Jump Start program.

This year they held a competition in which flyers were put out by Canadian Tire asking people to please buy a Jump Start ball to help support kids in your community.

For every customer who came into the store and made a purchase, with a $2 donation they were able to receive a ball. The store with the highest transaction percentage was the winner.

“Out of every four transactions we sold one ball,” said Mr. Waechter. “The community really pulled together and put us in first place.” “I am very proud of everyone on that.”

The store raised $4,800, which goes directly to the kids in the community and also gives Port aux Basques the opportunity of having Jonathan Toews in their community for a whole day.

He will be arriving sometime in August the exact date has not been decided.

“We will be letting people know as soon as we have the date,” said Mr. Waechter.

Organizations: Canadian Tire

Geographic location: Port aux Basques, Newfoundland

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