Calgary SUN: Sunday March 26th 2017

I have been a supporter of Kids Up Front since its inception here in Calgary back in 2000 when the not for profit agency started as a grassroots endeavor by businessman John Dalziel  who wondered how many tickets that aren’t used are thrown in the garbage and could be put to use with children.

Things got moving out of the gate pretty fast back in 2000 and when the word went out that they would pick up the tickets, get them to deserving kids and you could donate just about any ticket to any event here in town.

Since its inception here in Calgary they have given local kids and families tickets to 425,000 events from football to hockey to ice capades, concerts and plays.

There are 220 registered partner agencies that abide by their policies in selecting children and families that would benefit most from the process of receiving a well deserved night out.

Often the Gerry Forbes Secret Wish will be given tickets by our many partners and when we have more than we need Nicky Nash at Kids Up Front is our first call and Nicky comes running with a huge smile and some deserving kids.

They are doing something cool again this year that they launched last year called Stranded Water Valley.

Stranded Water Valley is hosted at Camp Kindle just northwest of Calgary, 16 strangers will compete very much like Survivor in challenges against each other to determine the Stranded Champion for 2017.

They are looking for energetic folks with a huge heart who would like to help the kids.

If you are looking to do something huge in 2017 and you wanted to test yourself in the wilderness, you can help yourself and Kids Up Front by participating.

All of last year’s players left the competition saying they had one of the most memorable times of their life and really tested themselves physically and mentally in a weekend they will always cherish.

Contestants are expected to fundraise a minimum amount to participate with all the funds going to Kids Up Front.

Many of those who took the challenge had huge BBQ’s, bake sales, car washes, garage sales and anything else they could pull off.

Many turned to social media with a plea to help in this great program and people responded with a ton of willingness to help with donations of money and door prizes.

Last year’s event raised upwards of $70,000 dollars for the kids and programming for the “Can’t Use Your Tickets Program”

If you would like some information on being a contestant, volunteering the event or just more information on what this great organization does just got to www.kidsupfrontcalgary.com or email neil@kidsupfrontcalgary.com for information!