KidsAbility Centre for Child Development Foundation, Ontario- Waterloo

GoodLife Kids Foundation is supporting KidsAbility Centre for Child Development Foundation’s DrumFIT program. DrumFIT is for three and four-year-old children with special needs who attend KidsAbility School. This weekly 45 minute program is an excellent source of physical activity. Not only will it help keep the participants physically active, it will help improve communication needs, fine and gross motor skills, emotional needs and cognitive needs. In a fun and fast-paced environment DrumFIT combines music, movement, drumming and learning. Children will work their way through fun lesson plans while learning the benefits of non-competitive exercise. The funds from GoodLife Kids Foundation will ensure that DrumFIT is a sustainable program at KidsAbility School.  

This grant was made possible by the fundraising efforts of Members and Associates at GoodLife Fitness Woodstock Quality Inn and GoodLife Fitness Club Services Department

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#FEELGOODFRIDAY "You can do it!" yells 10-year-old Arabella as she cheers on her peers who are tackling riding bikes for the first time. Arabella has cerebral palsy, which causes her to lose her balance easily, but give this girl a set of wheels and she can keep up with any kid her age. Several years ago, Arabella had the chance to try out a balance bike with larger wheels. With advice from an occupational therapist and a physiotherapist, her family ordered her a customized bicycle, and she hasn’t stopped since. Thanks to a GoodLife Kids Grant, families in Winnipeg can continue to try out specially adapted kids' bicycles at the Children's Rehabilitation Foundation. “Many children with physical disabilities end up sitting on the sidelines while their family and friends are being active. We find a bike that works for them and help them get active and join in on the fun,” said Christine Schollenberg, executive director. There are bicycles with all kinds of adaptations to suit various needs - like head support, trunk support and low riders for kids who need more stability. Once families find the right bike for their child, they can order one of their own with funding through the program. Arabella’s father Trevor says the adapted bicycle was the starting point for Arabella discover her love of cycling. She's since grown out of her balance bike and plans to donate it back to the centre so another little girl can enjoy it. “Now we ride together as a family and Arabella has a regular bike," says Trevor. "We learned that she doesn’t have to restrict what she does. Arabella can do almost anything a kid without disabilities can. That’s been a huge boost to her confidence and physical abilities and it’s brought our family together.”

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