What is RAYDA?
 
RAYDA is the acronym used for the Rotary Athabasca Youth Development Association.  RAYDA transforms your gifts and funds raised into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. With your help, we can make lives better in our greater Athabasca community and around the world.
 
Our Association's mandate is to:
- Advance education by providing financial assistance and arranging transportation for students participating in leadership and other charitable, educational-based programs for youth.
- Support youth and other community development programs.
- Benefit our community and region by establishing amenities to improve the quality of life for the public.
- Make a major difference by improving the lives of youth and other community members.  
 
Ongoing program and activities supported by RAYDA include gifting funds to qualified donees for youth educational advancement and youth academy, including Starting New At Golf (SNAG), Adventures in Photography and youth exchange programs.  Scholarships are also provided and funding for leadership programs is supported for Alberta students and internationally, including youth educational programs at a Belize orphanage. 
 
Community facilities development is also a priority of RAYDA, and in recent years have included the Rotary Fitness Park, Rotary Way trail system, Jim Woodward Rotary Fieldhouse in the Athabasca Regional Multiplex, and Rotary Spray Park, all in the Athabasca area.
 
 
RAYDA and the Rotary Club of Athabasca are partnering to contribute $250,000 to the development of the new Athabasca Regional Pool & Fitness Centre. This facility will be adjacent to Athabasca Regional Multiplex, and will be provide recreational swimming, aquatic fitness , swimming events and person fitness opportunities in the greater Athabasca area. To kick off the commitment, Rotarians presented a $50,000 cheque to the pool development committee on March 16, 2018.
 
 
Celebrity Dinner & Auction
 
Together with the Rotary Club of Athabasca, RAYDA co-sponsored the Celebrity Dinner & Auction on October 27, 2018 in which approximately $90,000 was raised for this important community development project.  The next Celebrity Dinner & Auction is will tentatively be held in April 2020. Stay tuned for updates!
 
Make a Difference by Giving
 

Giving to RAYDA means more youth services, more community development and more opportunities for health and hope in our community. Your financial help makes all this happen, and more. Why not donate today to:

RAYDA, Box 2021, Athabasca, AB, T9S 2B6 

Treasurer, Darlene Reimer   darlene.reimer@servus.ca, cell 780-327-4432 

When you give to RAYDA, you fuel our service projects - projects that improve our community.
 
RAYDA is a registered as the Rotary Athabasca Youth Development Association with Canada Revenue Agency as charitable organization #886367390 RR0001.  Charitable contribution receipts are issued each year for donations.