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A Winnipeg student is hoping she can bring smiles to youth living up north.

Skylar Ferguson, a grade 12 student at Oak Park High School has started a new and gently used sports equipment drive called Sport the North for youth in Churchill and Kilvaliq, Nunavut..

"We are tying to promote positive mental health through physical activity, and we're trying to collect as much as we can so that everybody has a chance to be active and play sports regardless of their financial situation," explains Ferguson

They are looking for donations of new and gently used equipment from all sports.  A GoFundMe page called Sport the North skylar2Churchill has also been set up to collect monetary donations.

"The money will go towards buying new community centred games like Spikeball and Pickleball, which we are trying to introduce to the community centres," said Ferguson.

A drop off day was held this past weekend bringing in more than four vans worth of sporting equipment. A second drop off will be planned for sometime in the new year.

After rail service to Churchill was washed out in May 2017, Ferguson was devastated and decided she need to do something. It was at this point she started a campaign called Christmas for Churchill. She collected enough food and toys which she was personally able to hand out to the residents of Churchill.

"It was the most amazing experience I've ever had, seeing the children's faces just brought a light and clarity to the impact that I was having on the residents. They are very grateful. I will never forget it. I be changed forever," said Ferguson.

Those interested in helping Ferguson's sports equipment drive can do so through her GoFundMe page, Sport the North Churchill.

The donations are expected to be delivered early in the new year.


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