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KidSport Wood Buffalo Receives $20,000 Donation

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When the Wood Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame (WBSHOF) sought a charity to donate their casino-raised funds to – KidSport emerged as a perfect choice. Thanks to the group – on August 14, 2019 - KidSport received a $20,000 donation for their program.

KidSport helps children of financially qualifying families play sports, who may otherwise not have the opportunity to afford them.

Jamal-e-Fatima Rafat, Executive Director, KidSport Wood Buffalo says the group was “thrilled that the Board of WB Sports Hall of Fame chose us to be the recipients of those funds.”

“They connected with us in the spring of 2019. Our vision and mission of supporting the sports scene in the region aligned. We also offered them clear numbers of children sponsored and the amount of funds raised and invested back in the community,” explained Rafat, who joined the group this June, and used to volunteer for the organization.

Last year, KidSport sponsored over 500 children for 20 different sports. Since January of this year an estimated 150 children have been supported.

“Raising funds for these children is an ongoing need. We are approaching our busiest season for KidSport applications. We get at least four applications every day and as the only paid employee of the organization, I am doing my best to allocate funds to eligible families as fast as possible. Therefore, we try not to have a waiting list,” Raffat explained

“We are always looking for more volunteers to assist in a variety of fun events and activities throughout the year. KidSport also has an 'ambassador' program that involves current athletes, former athletes, anyone who lives the values of KidSport, and who can help raise awareness of KidSport in the region,” she added.

Parents and guardians who face financial barriers for registering their children ages 0 - 18 years in any paid physical activity, can apply online for the consideration of their application at this link. The last day to apply for KidSport funding is usually the first day the sports season starts. They do consider endorsement by a Red Cross Worker, an AISH, a letter of endorsement from First Nation or Métis Local administrator and a first-year government-sponsored refugees' landing documents.

Additional information can be obtained by emailing:, or by calling 780.791-0077 Ext. 3029.


Kiran Malik-Khan is the Communications Manager for the Fort McMurray Public School District, and national award-winning communications professional. She is a freelance journalist, a communications professional, and a poet. She loves sharing stories about unique people, events, and organizations. Kiran is the co-founder and volunteer public relations director for NorthWord magazine, Fort McMurray's first and only literary magazine. She is also the President/Co-founder of World Hijab Day Fort McMurray. A proud Pakistani-Canadian who grew up in New Jersey, she is a fierce advocate of Fort McMurray, multiculturalism, women's rights, and equality for all. Got a story nobody is telling? Send her ideas: DM and follow on Twitter @KiranMK0822.