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TRURO – The GoodLife in Truro is one of three in the province participating in the GoodLife Kids Foundation’s Spin4Kids fitness fundraiser.

On Nov. 17, the local centre will open its doors to the public – including non-members – for a chance to participate in the event as they have done in previous years. The facility brings its spin bikes out, with alternating participants to keep the peddles moving for the day. There is a place for cash donations, and donations are also accepted online.

Truro is also planning a yard sale-type event, where members are able to bring in items to be sold, with the proceeds going to the fundraising total.

Nationally, the fundraiser has a goal of raising $1 million, with the Truro facility looking to bring in $5,000 in online donations. The money raised goes to programs aimed at helping children access physical activity. The GoodLife Kids Foundation offers a grant program, which supports programs offering physical activity opportunities for children with autism and intellectual disabilities. Grants improve community access and help remove some of the barriers preventing children from leading active lifestyles.

Spin4Kids has helped more than 250,000 children in the past seven years through more than $4.3 million raised.

“For kids with special needs, the path to getting active isn’t always as simple as joining the local sports team or signing up for lessons around the corner. They often face additional barriers including lack of available programs with support to suit their needs, higher cost for adapted programming, and inaccessible environments,” said Lisa Burrows, executive director of GoodLife Kids Foundation. “Funds raised through Spin4Kids are used to support programs across Canada so that kids with special needs can have equal opportunities to experience the joys and benefits of being active.”

Burrows said the GoodLife Kids Foundation provided funding this year to the Central Nova Women’s Resource Centre for its summer Girl Power camp. Funds from the foundation, she said, were also used in supporting an inclusive camp so girls with special needs were able to participate in the summer camp.

Eligible organizations can apply for up to $10,000 in funding from GoodLife Kids Foundation. The next round of applications will be accepted until Nov. 30.

To register to participate and fundraise for Spin4Kids, donate to an existing team, or learn more about the event, visit spin4kids.com.

For more information on or to apply for the GoodLife Kids Foundation grant program, visit goodlifekids.com.