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Local charities get boost from city, Chamber of Commerce, local businessman

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Cameron Krisko (left), runs Making Waves, a program at Seven Oaks Pool that teaches special-needs kids like Josh Bangert, who has muscular dystrophy, how to swim.

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Cameron Krisko (left), runs Making Waves, a program at Seven Oaks Pool that teaches special-needs kids like Josh Bangert, who has muscular dystrophy, how to swim. Photo Store

Two little-known local charities walked out of city hall a little richer this morning.

Making Waves and Inner City Youth Football received a total of $12,500 from the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and businessman Albert El Tassi.

The Chamber’s donation came through proceeds from Mayor Sam Katz’s annual January state of the city address luncheon.

For the past seven years, Katz and the chamber have been giving a portion of the proceeds from the sold-out event to local charities.

Each recipient received $7,500 from the Chamber.

In addition, businessman Albert El Tassi piggybacked on the joint effort by Katz and the Chamber, by giving an additional $5,000 to each charity chosen every year.

Making Waves provides individualized swimming instruction to individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities. It began three and a half years ago with 10 volunteers and 10 swimmers. Today, it has 120 swimmers and 70 volunteers.

Inner City Youth Football brings the game to children in grades 4-6 in the inner city who can’t afford to participate.

Katz said seven years ago, he and others decided to use the annual Chamber luncheon as a fundraiser to help charities that don’t normally receive much attention.

"For the last seven years we’ve raised a couple hundred thousand dollars for charities," Katz said following a cheque presentation ceremony outside his office this morning.

"A lot of these charities are the ones that don’t get a lot of exposure that others do," he said. "It helps the organizations do phenomenal work."

 

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

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