Longboard 4 Kids. A 10km longboard/skateboard cruise along the Toronto Waterfront to raise money for children with cancer. Date: Saturday June 18th, 12 noon-6pm. Registration now open.
Local Kid Longboards for a cure.
12-year-old Cameron Roberts from the beach in Toronto Ontario wants every longboarder and skateboarder in Toronto to take part in a fundraiser he has started. Cameron, who loves longboarding, thought he would use his passion for the sport to raise awareness and money to fight childhood cancer.
The event will take place June 18, 2011. The approximately 10 km route will follow the bike path starting in The Beach at the foot of the Martin Goodman Trail and ending at Sugar Beach near Jarvis and Queen’s Quay.
Cameron is actively looking for sponsors, donations, volunteers and of course riders.
Longboard4kids is affiliated with Coast-to-Coast Against Cancer Foundation. This foundation is the only national charity that has promised to fight childhood cancer and it ensures 100% of the funds raised go toward improving the survival rate and quality of life of children and their families affected by cancer. Coast-to-Coast has organized many other fundraising events. Tour 4 kids, National Kids Cancer Ride, Strut for the Cure and many more. Jeff Rushton the president of the Coast-to-Coast foundation is excited about Longboard4kids, as this will alert a younger audience.
A Facebook page has been set up and a website where people can register online to participate or donate.
Cameron can’t believe how fast “the fire is catching.” The idea came about on February 1, 2011 when his 9 year old brother Luke decided to donate money to the Coast-to-Coast Foundation instead of gifts for his birthday.
Cameron’s mom asked if he wanted to do something similar for his birthday. “And that’s when I came up with the idea.” Says Cameron. ” I wanted to create a event that would raise money and be lots of fun.”
Cancer has affected everyone – but when children get this disease it’s really sad. No one so young should have to deal with it. Cameron’s Dad took part in a 3 week, cross Canada bike ride that raised 1.2 million dollars for this charity about 4 years ago. Cameron feels a connection to the cause and wants to do something about it. He hopes Longboard4kids will help raise money to find a cure.
Although more work needs to be done for the kick off event in June, Cameron is excited and feels he is doing something worthwhile. If you are interested in joining, donating or volunteering Cameron asks you to join his Facebook page and Event page, under Longboard4kids, as updates about the event will be posted there.