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Deserving kids are hitting the slopes at Camp Fortune for free

Kids Up Front Ottawa is taking 100 youth on a ski trip Saturday, and for many, it will be their first time on skis. 
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A group of kids, many of whom are new to Canada, are enjoying ski lessons and a barbecue at Camp Fortune.

The Saturday event, which includes transportation and ski rentals, is happening thanks to a partnership between Camp Fortune and Kids Up Front Ottawa.

Kids Up Front Ottawa is an agency which has partnered with 53 local child-serving agencies to redistribute unused event tickets to deserving kids, ages 18 and under, in Ottawa and the surrounding area.

"In this particular case, Camp Fortune had a fantastic season and their regular lesson programs were over for the year, so they took the opportunity to invite youth from Kids Up Front to hit the slopes," said Kids Up Front Ottawa Executive Director Evan Patterson. "This was a partnership that we had established earlier in the year with Camp Fortune, so we were grateful now that the staff is able to carve out some time to support our program."

Patterson said most of the youth participating Saturday are coming from the South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre, Ottawa Community Housing, Habitat for Humanity, and the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa.

Kids Up Front exists in many major Canadian cities, but is enjoy just its first year in the capital. It has redistributed 1,500 tickets to concerts, museums and sporting events in Ottawa so far.

If you have tickets that you would like to donate to Kids Up Front Ottawa, call 613-230-1111, or connect with them on Twitter at @kidsupfrontott.

Listen to Kids Up Front Ottawa Executive Director Evan Patterson on 1310 NEWS' The Rick Gibbons Show:

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