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Saskatchewan Roughrider Foundation Announces 50/50 Funding for Eight Worthy Recipients

October 7, 2021 - Canadian Football League (CFL) - Saskatchewan Roughriders News Release

The Saskatchewan Roughrider Foundation is thrilled to announce that eight community programs will receive funding from the Foundation's newest fundraiser, Countdown to Kickoff.

The 50/50 draw takes place ahead of every Rider game, home or away, and has been a great success for the Foundation and for the areas it champions: youth education, health, and amateur football.

In particular, as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation has put an extra focus on community groups that provide mental health and wellness support to youth and children.

"The organizations we've chosen have already done some amazing work in our community to support Youth and Children with Mental Health and Wellness programming. We are thrilled to be able to help them continue their inspiring work," said Cindy Fuchs, Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Roughrider Foundation.

"It is because of the great support of our fans who continue to purchase 50/50 game raffle tickets that we are able to give back to our community in such a big way."

With that in mind, the Foundation has provided funding to following worthy charities, non- profits, and programs:

- $30,000 to the Kids Help Phone for their Counsellor in the Classroom program that promotes mental health and well-being to young people in grades six through eight. Participating classes gain a better understanding of what meant health and wellness is and how Kids Help Phone can support them.

- $25,000 to the Canadian Red Cross in recognition of their commitment to youth mental health and wellness. The funds will be used to help develop their Youth Psychological First Aid Program.

- $25,000 to Big Brothers/Big Sisters in recognition of their work and mentorship of the province's youth.

- $23,000 to the Canadian Mental Health Association to continue to provide support for youth currently using their services and to add "buddy benches" at two schools in Regina to promote inclusivity and friendship.

- $20,000 to The North Central Project at Scott Collegiate - spearheaded by Roughrider defensive lineman Makana Henry - to support his mentorship of Regina's inner-city youth.

- $20,000 to KidSport Saskatchewan to ensure all kids have the ability to play a sport they love and teach them life skills along the way.

"We know every little kid who gets the opportunity to play football is one step closer to that dream of playing with the Saskatchewan Roughriders," said KidSport Community Consultant, Tammy Hoffart.

The Foundation is also proud to announce additional funding in the amount of $3,141 for Regina Treaty Status Indian Services Inc. in recognition of their Orange Shirt Day, Every Child Matters Sign Campaign, and their work to promote Truth and Reconciliation activities in the province.

The Saskatchewan Roughrider Foundation 50/50 will continue throughout the rest of the season to further our commitment to giving back to the community and empowering the provinces youth.

For more information or to donate visit: Saskatchewan Roughrider Foundation - Saskatchewan Roughriders (

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