A fundraising strength competition for Toronto Police and community members raised $3,000 last year.
Organizer Greg Carver is counting that more money will be raised the second time around for ProAction Cops & Kids.
“This is a fun and friendly lifting event that’s open to Toronto Police members, our gym members and the general community,” said Carver, the gym’s owner and Toronto Police Service Auxiliary Officer. “All the money raised will go towards skill-building and mentoring programs that involve police and young people in some of our challenged communities. I truly believe in this cause as the ProAction Cops & Kids program engages police officers and youth in healthy social activities where they build mutual respect and teamwork skills
“I have had the opportunity to work with some of the young people in ProAction Cops & Kids programs and can honestly say that I was moved by some of their stories. Those who feel that their opportunities are limited are given new sense of hope and a chance to better their lives.”
In this year’s challenge, participants will have three attempts at a max effort including kettlebell get-up, a flexed-arm hang and mini-pursuit course, mixing old-school physical culture with first-responder tactical fitness.
“It doesn’t matter whether you place in the top three,” said Carver. “What matters is that people support the event.”
Anyone can watch, participate or donate online through the StrengthBox Challenge website.
The event takes place on Saturday, September 21 at the StrengthBox gym, 45 Cranfield Rd. Unit #5. The doors open at 9.30 a.m. for registration.
“Money will be raised from registration fees, online donations and monies received that day from raffle sales and other events,” Carver added.
To register or donate, interested participants can go to strengthboxchallenge.ca
Since its inception in 1991, ProAction Cops & Kids has become the largest private funder of Toronto Police programs for young people.
In addition to running his gym business, Carver has been quite active in police-related activities in the last year.
In November, he graduated from the Community Police Academy eight-week program that offers an up-close look at what challenges police officers face on a daily basis in order to create understanding of policing in the community. He joined the Auxiliary this summer.