The charitable foundation CLICK (Contributing to Lives of Inner City Kids) is inviting city residents to get involved in the 10th Annual Inner City Kids Week from May 13-17. The week is intended to raise awareness and funds to support children and youth living in poverty in Vancouver.
"It is unacceptable that BC has the second highest child poverty rate in the country," said CLICK president and co-founder Catherine Atyeo. "But until we get a poverty reduction plan in this province we need to support children in our own back yard who are at risk. Support can give them hope, opportunities and a future."
CLICK launched in 2004 to raise funds for a wide range of programs supporting inner city children - everything from food programs and safe out-of-school care to literacy, sports, recreation and the arts. The volunteer board of directors includes Mike Evans, a long-time community school coordinator on the east side and Janey Lee, an inner city teacher who has advocated for students at risk at numerous forums on child poverty.
Since 2004, CLICK has disbursed an impressive 165 grants to 119 different programs - many of them delivered in schools - that make a critical difference in the lives of inner city children. "Our goal in 2013 is to raise $75,000 for the programs that rely on us for support," said Atyeo.
The kick-off to Inner City Kids Week happens Monday, May 13 starting at 10 am at the Vancouver Art Gallery (front lawn). The event includes the Pulling for Inner City Kids Tug-of-War Competition, featuring high school students from across the city "on the rope" with their VPD School Liaison Officer. The Definitely Not a Gala!
Help CLICK Help Kids Reception and Silent Auction, happens on Thursday, May 16 starting at 6:30 pm at the Creekside Community Centre. The award-winning Templeton Secondary culinary arts team will offer attendees an array of delicious gourmet creations, with the always-entertaining CBC radio personality Fred Lee as emcee. Benefit tickets are a highly affordable $35.
To learn more about CLICK and make a donation visit: www.clicktokids.ca
To get tickets for the Definitely Not a Gala! reception and silent auction, click here. To reserve tickets, email your request here. Tickets are also available at the door.