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February 3, 2003 - SaskEnergy Catch for Kids program enjoys best year ever!


February 3, 2003

SaskEnergy Catch for Kids program enjoys best year ever!

The SaskEnergy Catch for Kids program enjoyed its best year ever, raising $35,499.58 to support KidSport™ Saskatchewan.

"This program is a huge success for KidSport™ and we appreciate the efforts of all the program sponsors," said Jim Fink, Chair of KidSport™ Saskatchewan. "Special thanks to all those who donated to the program. All funds raised will be distributed to KidSport™ kids throughout the province so they can participate in their favorite community sport programs."

SaskEnergy donated $25 per Rider pass completion, $100 per touchdown scored, and $25 for each successful field goal. Bobbie the Bobblehead, Saskatchewan's first bobblehead sports doll, was also sold as part of the program. Corporations and individuals were also encouraged to make donations. Since the inception of the program, over $100,000 has been raised which has helped over 1400 kids to participate in their favorite sport. Saskatchewan Roughriders Nealon Greene and Paul McCallum served as ambassadors for the program.

"The Catch for Kids Program continues to be an inspiration for our company, for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and for the entire community," said Ron Clark, President and Chief Executive Officer, SaskEnergy. "SaskEnergy is committed to the youth of today and to programs and services that ensure they have the skills to become the leaders of tomorrow."

The SaskEnergy Catch for Kids program began in 1998 when SaskEnergy partnered with the Canadian Football League's All-Time Leading Receiver, Don Narcisse, to develop an initiative that would provide positive role models for youth and teach them the value of sport.

KidSport™ is a charity which provides financial support to families facing financial obstacles so their children can participate in sport. The KidSport™ goal is to provide these children with the opportunity to learn values such as teamwork, dedication and self-esteem through sport. If all children are given the opportunity to play, then those children may have a better chance of becoming contributing members and leaders in our communities.

For more information, contact:

Dave Burdeniuk
Manager, Communications
SaskEnergy
Phone: (306) 777-9842
Corilynn Tymiak
Provincial Co-ordinator
KidSport Saskatchewan
Phone: (306) 780-9345