Sports are an important part of life for many kids. Unfortunately, the cost of sports equipment is a challenge for many parents or for kids under the care of children and youth services agencies.

Sacha Goyette, a Grade 10 student at École secondaire publique Le Sommet in Hawkesbury is trying to ease that challenge.

He wants to ensure children can stay active without the cost of playing sports getting in the way.

Goyette is enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program at Le Sommet. One of his class requirements is a personal project, so he decided to collect used sports equipment for children under the care of Valoris for Children and Adults of Prescott and Russell.

In addition to collecting the used sports equipment for Valoris, Goyette has raised $123 so far by having bake sales featuring goodies he made himself. All bake sale proceeds go to Jumpstart, the charitable foundation operated by Canadian Tire that provides financial support to children whose parents need help covering the costs of equipment, transportation, and registration fees for minor sports.

All of the money raised locally by Jumpstart stays in the local community.

Goyette’s mother, Lisa Trahan, said the used sports equipment has been adding up as people made donations or Sacha went and collected it.

Sacha Goyette is collecting used sports equipment to donate to Valoris until January 31. Anyone with items they would like to donate can bring them to École secondaire publique Le Sommet, which is located at 894 Cécile Boulevard in Hawkesbury.

Sacha Goyette is preparing items for one of his bake sales to raise money for Canadian Tire Jumpstart.  Photo submitted.