16 Year Old Honours Father By Raising Money For ALS

Cole Hayward with his younger brother

The skateboard and scooter competition is happening on Saturday and Sunday at the Paris Optimist Skate Park. This year the fundraising goal is $6,000 going towards ALS.

PARIS - The 6th annual Skate for ALS is coming up in Paris this weekend.

16 year old Cole Hayward of Princeton started organizing the fundraiser when he was 11. He says he wanted to do something to honour his father.

"I started it because, when I was 2 years old, my dad passed away from ALS and I'm just trying to raise money and help out, so nobody else has to go through something like that."

Over the past 6 years the event has raised over $11,000 for ALS.

The skateboard and scooter competition is happening on Saturday and Sunday at the Paris Optimist Skate Park. They will have prizes for best trick and highest ollie for the skateboarding and best trick and longest run for the scooter competition. The scooter competition is happening on the Saturday from 12-4 pm and the skateboarding one is the next day at the same time. It cost $5 dollars for riders to enter. They will have a BBQ going on as well.

This is the final jam for the popular contest and they have set a lofty fundraising goal this year of $6,000. Cole and his mother Stephanie are hoping to raise these funds in honour of the 6th year.

"If you would like to help us reach our goal, you can donate here or at our event or both!  We appreciate all the support over the last 6 years and could not have made the impact we have without such generous supportive people."

Hayward also really wanted to thank a local Woodstock sponsor, Pedal Power Bikes and Boards, who have really stepped up to help promote the event.

You can donate online now here. All the funds go to ALS Canada.  

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