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Meridian Play to Podium Fund
Who are You Helping?
People in your community like past Play to Podium Fund recipients Molly, and Yaw and Sooni, Wilson and Paige, and Chase!
Molly joined her skating mates for lessons in her small town's learn-to-skate program. "Seeing the joy on Molly's face is what it is all about," said Pina Gilmour, Skate Canada coach. "It is letting kids like Molly know that, yes, they are equal. Other kids on the ice look up to Molly and are inspired by her. Friendships are being built around the importance of inclusion. We are a rural club and proof that anything is possible."
"We skied as a family today and it was amazing," Chase's mom Susie wrote to tell us after receiving an alpine bi-ski for her son. "Chase loved it. I can't believe this will actually be a regular family activity for us! Chase and his brother want to say a special thank you. Chase is so thrilled to be able to ski alongside his five-year-old brother! Chase has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. This gift is going to be very well loved."
Yaw used his African Cycling Championship winnings to open an orphanage in Ghana for physically challenged children. He then cycled 779 km across the country to raise awareness of the difficulties that people with physical disabilities face. Just before immigrating to Canada, his handcycle was damaged in a Para-cycling World Cup race. With a new one from ParaSport Ontario Yaw hopes to represent Canada at the Paralympics.
His mom Samia says, "I was looking to get Sooni involved in a sport to boost his confidence and for him to socialize. Little did I know it would turn into such an important part of his life!"