Southgate Grade 8 student Alec Weinstein and fellow leadership/band students present Tara Jordan

Talent earns applause from KidStart

Southgate students, staff, raise $1,200 from talent show to share with local mentoring program

  • Jun. 25, 2015 8:00 p.m.

Southgate Middle School exhibited a talent for fundraising by collecting $1,200 for the John Howard KidStart program during its recent talent show.

The successful show was credited to the hard work and dedication of a large number of students, volunteers and staff members.

“Southgate has been supporting local charities through our annual talent show for 16 years and we were looking for a way to help local children,” said Terry Johnson, Southgate band and leadership teacher. “KidStart is a really valuable program for our community. I would like to be a mentor one day when I’m retired.”

John Howard KidStart receives no core government funding, and the money raised at the talent show will go towards sponsoring a child to participate for a year.

The KidStart program is Campbell River’s only one-to-one mentoring program since Big Brothers Big sisters closed its doors. KidStart pairs adult volunteers with vulnerable children and youth for one-to-one time with a positive role model. There are currently 90 children waiting to be matched with mentors.

For more information about volunteering or to make a donation to KidStart, contact coordinator Tara Jordan at 250-203-3111 or