For Immediate Release
CLICK, Vancouver Police Department Unite to Raise Awareness for Inner City Kids Week
Fundraising goal of $75,000 to help combat child poverty in Vancouver
Vancouver, BC, May 5, 2015 –CLICK (Contributing to Lives of Inner City Kids) and the Vancouver Police Department will launch 2015 Inner City Kids Week on Monday, May 11. The week is aimed at raising awareness and funding for a wide range of programs supporting children who live in poverty in Vancouver.
This year, CLICK’s goal is to raise $75,000 and the local charity is asking Vancouverites to say every child counts in our city by donating online at clicktokids.ca.
British Columbia has the highest child poverty rate in Canada. Hundreds of children in Vancouver go to school hungry and lack other basics in life. Programs supported by CLICK provide inner city kids with nutritious food, as well as access to safe out-of-school care, literacy support, sports, arts and camps.
“Poverty is hurting children in Vancouver on a daily basis, and if we don’t support them there’s a much greater chance that many of them will fall through the cracks,” says CLICK President Catherine Atyeo.
Janey Lee, a CLICK board member and teacher at an inner city elementary school, sees the effects of poverty on a daily basis. “Poverty puts tremendous stress on working poor parents and inevitably their children are affected in multiple ways – including by a lack of opportunities and lower self-esteem. But with support, inner city kids can believe in themselves and have as much potential to succeed as any child. I urge people to donate to CLICK and help our kids.”
Starting at 1 pm on May 11, the kick-off event will include the always exciting Pulling for Inner City Kids tug-of-war competition at the front of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Newly named Chief Constable Adam Palmer and members of the VPD executive will start the event by taking on a team of students in a fun pull. Then high school students from across the city will be on the rope with their VPD School Liaison Officers in a hard-fought, down-and-dirty contest for a coveted trophy.
CLICK will also host their annual fundraising reception and silent auction, “Definitely Not a Gala!”, at Creekside Community Centre on Thursday, May 14, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are available at the door or by ordering in advance online at: www.clicktokids.ca
For the first time, the week will also include “CLICK Conversations”, an opportunity for CLICK and inner city partners to discuss issues, successes and opportunities related to support of inner city children and youth in Vancouver.
CLICK is a community-based, non-profit foundation that was launched in 2004 to help improve the lives of inner city children and youth in Vancouver. CLICK raises funds for programs and services that make a crucial difference to children and youth living in poverty in Vancouver – including food programs, safe and enriching out of school care, literacy programs, arts and culture, sports and recreation, leadership and summer camps. CLICK is a dynamic fundraising channel. Donations are directed to eligible programs twice a year to ensure funds continually flow to help children in need. Since CLICK is totally volunteer-run, its administration costs are minimal at 5% – which means that 95% of donations go to programs supporting inner city children and youth in Vancouver. (Charitable Registration Number 86030 1886 RR0001)
To find out more about CLICK and to make a donation visit: www.clicktokids.ca
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