£12k presented to Go Kids Go! winners
PUBLISHED: 07:00 02 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:51 02 August 2018
Thousands of pounds were handed out to 29 worthy sports teams and groups at this year’s Go Kids Go! presentation.
Weston Lions Club and the Mercury teamed up to launch Go Kids Go! for the sixth year in a row, with the help of a selection of local businesses who donated money to this year’s pot.
A total of £12,000 was handed out at this year’s presentation at the Lions’ real ale and cider festival on the Beach Lawns last weekend, with groups turning out in numbers to receive their cheque and find out how much they had been awarded.
Lion Malcolm Timmis said the project had been a ‘great success once again’ after 43 applications were received.
He added: “Twenty nine awards were given to sporting, theatrical and community groups.
“We felt children were becoming less active and, more worringly, isolated by playing on tablets and computer games.
“The Lions knew if we could help those organisations who help the youngsters, this would be very worthwhile.
“These groups can now better help young people to become, and stay, more physically and socially active.
“When we saw all those youngsters at the presentations, filling the huge marquee on the Beach Lawns, we knew we were doing the right thing.”
All but three of the winners were able to attend the presentation with some bringing as many as 20 children to collect the cheque and pose for a picture.
The three who could not make the presentation included XTND Improving Futures who received £500 to replace old gym mats, Lympsham Preschool who were handed £150 for exercise equipment and Spectrum Drama Group were given £500 to purchase a sound system.
The money presented will be spent on new kit and equipment, much-needed repairs to venues as well as to fund running tracks and sports halls.
Mr Timmis added: “We can only achieve what we do because the very generous business people of the town see the value and back the project with their sponsorship.
“Some, like the Grand Pier, Mead Group, and Howard Motors have been with us since the start, others, like A-Squared Technologies are new this year but we have to thank all the business community for their help and support.”
The Lions have now given away £60,000 to the different groups, sports teams and organisations and invite businesses to ‘jump on the bandwagon’ to help give away to even more groups next year.
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