Awesome Foundation Newmarket is Proud to Announce Six Local Grants were Awarded to Organizations and Individuals from Newmarket

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Six Local Grants were awarded to organizations and individuals from Newmarket that have developed ideas to help the members of their community.

“We are Looking Forward to an Awesome New Year,” says John Lusink, Trustee, Awesome Foundation, Newmarket

John Lusink, a Trustee of, and Contributor to, the Awesome Foundation Newmarket is proud to announce that six local grants were awarded to organizations and individuals from Newmarket that have developed ideas to help the members of their community.

Founded in June 2012, the fledgling local affiliate of the worldwide Awesome Foundation movement, which itself is just three years old, has managed to award $1000 grants in each of the six months of its existence. Unlike other charitable organizations, the Awesome Foundation program is a grass roots effort aimed at enriching local communities through the funding of projects designed to benefit the communities in which each affiliate exists.

In its first year, the Newmarket branch of the Awesome Foundation was able to fund diverse projects designed to enrich the lives of the less fortunate, children, and the community at large. These projects included:

July 2012: Help Portrait Newmarket – A collaboration of photographers, hairstylists, make-up artists, and general volunteers that come together to provide the unique experience of a professional photo shoot for the less fortunate in the community. Help-Portrait is simply about 'giving' rather than 'taking' photographs of individuals and families who may not otherwise have the opportunity. This year the event will be held December 8. Awarded to Danielle Koren.

August 2012: Spinal Cord Injury Youth Awareness Project – A prevention program for youth, who are unfortunately most at risk of spinal cord injury (approximately 80% of all spinal cord injuries). Awarded to Heather Cairns-Mills.

September 2012: Food For Thought Club – A program that encourages high school students to volunteer to make lunches for elementary school children who would otherwise go hungry. Awarded to Vanessa Lawton and Kalina Charnock.

October 2012: You Are Not Alone – A program that focuses on helping students with anticipatory grief or bereavement through their peers and teachers. Awarded to Juliet Irish.

November 2012: Troy's project – A program to get as many kids helmets as he can possibly purchase, work with a local non-profit and get the helmets to children and talk with them about cycling safety. Primarily to underprivileged families. Awarded to Troy Mitchell.

December 2012: Healthy Schools Action Plan – A program to help children Improve their concentration and learning Increase confidence, motivation and self-esteem be better able to make important health and life choices Build leadership skills Attend school more regularly (and be engaged) Build friendships & social/emotional skills help to make their school healthier. Awarded to Lee-Ann Smalley.

Trustees of the Awesome Foundation, Newmarket Chapter include, Mr. John Lusink, Royal LePage York North Realty; Mr. Gerry Anthony, Gerry Anthony Private Equity Lending; Ms. Maureen Burleson, The Montana Group; Mr. Rob Chaggares, Chaggares & Bonhomme Chartered Accountants; Ms. Kirsten Eastwood, Women's Centre of York Region; Ms. Debra Scott, Newmarket Chamber of Commerce; Mr. Neil Stratton, Scotia McLeod; Ms. Veronica Williams, SNAP Newmarket; Ms. Jackie Playter.

The Newmarket Chapter of the Awesome Foundation awards $1000 each month to individuals or organizations that promote prosperity, education, community involvement and education to the youth of Newmarket. No idea is too small for consideration and all are encouraged to apply. Individuals or groups can apply through an online application at Awesome Foundation, Newmarket Chapter.

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