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Donation to Grand River Hospital

Our club recently delivered a donation of $5,500 to Grand River Hospital Children’s services. This is part of an on-going commitment to providing support for the youngest members in our community. Contributions collected during our fundraising efforts at St. Jacobs Sparkles provide the foundation for this donation. Over the years our club has made a significant contribution to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit specifically and to other children’s programs at the hospital.

Cycling Into The Future

We are proud supporters of Cycling Into The Future which is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to cycling education in the Waterloo Region. They offer comprehensive bike training to students in Grade 5 and 6. Students participate in 6 modules to help them ride confidently and safely.

Our Optimist Club covers the registration fees for all student participants in St. Jacobs Public School. This program is excellent for its educational value, but it offers much more than just the rules of the road.

The modules covered include: Rules and Saftey, Tire Repair, Bike Tune-ups, Rodeo riding, Road Riding, and it also teaches kids how to ride if they have never ridden a bike before. Cycling Into The Future has a covenant of inclusion. If students can't afford a bike, they will be given a refurbished bike. If they cannot get a helmet for this program they are given one.

If you would like to help us support this worthwhile program and would like to find out more at visit or email us at

Teddy Bear Program

Thank you to all who came out in support of the car show on Saturday, May 25th, 2019. Over 180 vehicles were in attendance! We collected 240 stuffed toys, and almost $1200 after expenses between the 50/50 draw, raffle and donations.

Join us on May 23, 2020 for another chance to support Grand River Hospital's Teddy Bear program. If you wish to enter a car into the car show, all we ask is for the donation of a stuff animal to our cause.

Optimist Youth Leadership Program

In partnership with St. Jacobs Public School, we are continuing our commitment to the Optimist Leadership Program. The purpose of this program is to help develop children's potential through exposure to activities specifically focused on creative thinking and personal development. Our total commitment to this program up to $19,000. We are excited to see it providing a Robotics program, supply motivational speakers and authors, subsidize leadership camp fees, and provide counselling services and programs where needed.

Our program launch announcement can be seen here: Woolwich Observer article on the Optimist Leadership Program

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