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Digby health foundation supports local program to help residents get active

From left: Cindy O’Neil and Cara Sunderland (Digby Area Recreation staff members) and Oliver Janson, chairman of the Digby and Area Health Services Charitable Foundation.
From left: Cindy O’Neil and Cara Sunderland (Digby Area Recreation staff members) and Oliver Janson, chairman of the Digby and Area Health Services Charitable Foundation. - Contributed

The Digby and Area Health Services Charitable Foundation has announced its support for Active Digby, helping residents live active and healthier lives.

The foundation has donated $5,000 for the first year of the Active Digby fund. The fund is newly created and managed by Digby Area Recreation Commission and will help residents of the town and municipality overcome financial barriers in participating in local sports and recreation.

“Active Digby is a fund that will allow adults and youth to be active in our community, with less worry of financial strain that registration fees and equipment costs can have. We don’t want money to stand in the way of someone living an active life,” says Bob Powell, Digby Area Recreation manager.

The fund will be supported by local fundraisers and community donations. Digby Area Recreation Commission has been showing movies at Digby Regional High School to start raising money for the fund.

“The foundation is excited to be a founding sponsor of this initiative,” said Oliver Janson, chair of the Digby and Area Health Services Charitable Foundation. “Recreation services provided for the health and welfare of our local citizens are very important to the foundation.”

Active Digby is similar to Kids Sport and Jumpstart, although money raised for Active Digby will stay within the Digby area and will support residents of all ages.

There will be regulations for applicants applying for funding, including what they can apply for, how many times they can apply and the amount of money they can apply for.

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