It’s a (gift) wrap !

  • December 18, 2013 at 8:47 pm
  • Ron Sombilon Gallery Photography: DOWNLOAD FREE PHOTOS &emdash; SETUP-AUCTION- GIFT OF SPORT  Benefitting Kid Sport Vancouver – Photos courtesy of Inventa-4-webKidSport Vancouver successfully raised over $15,000 at the second annual Deloitte Gift of Sport fundraiser at VanDusen Botanical Gardens. Over 150 attendees were treated to a great evening of excellent food and local wines & beer as well as a chance to tour the incredible Festival of Lights.  Check out all the photos HERE.

    Attendees generously bid on fantastic silent auction items and the evening was capped off with a live auction which featured priceless items including Canadian Olympic team apparel, a signed jersey from the 2012 Canadian Olympic bronze medal women’s soccer team, and the chance to throw out the first pitch at a Vancouver Canadians game.

    Thanks to a generous contribution from the event sponsors Deloitte and Desjardins, 100% of the proceeds from event tickets and auction items will go directly to KidSport Vancouver to aid in our efforts to help financially challenged families get kids off the sidelines and into sports.

    Amongst the attendees were 2012 silver medalist Rower Darcy Marquardt, Olympian swimmer Richard Hortness and 1996 silver medalist biker Alison Sydor. CBC’s Karin Larsen emceed and many former Olympians and Paralympians were also in attendance.

    “We really appreciate the support of KidSport Vancouver,” said Carla Dickinson of Inner Hope, an East Vancouver charity that walks alongside at-risk children and youth, “Getting kids integrated in a community of sport helps them gain confidence and provides stability for families.”

    As part of the event, until December 20th Champions in Sport will be matching donations made to the KidSport Vancouver Chimp Giving Group.  Hootsuite is covering the payment processing fees for the donations. For every $200 donated to KidSport, one more child is able to participate in a season of organized sport.

    Ron Sombilon Gallery Photography: DOWNLOAD FREE PHOTOS &emdash; EVENT - GIFT OF SPORT  Benefitting Kid Sport Vancouver – Photos courtesy of Inventa-19-web

    The 23% of children in BC under 18 who live in low income families are at a higher risk to perform poorly in school, face social exclusion, experience family conflict and are more likely to become involved with criminal activities.

    Involvement with sport has proven to break the cycle of poverty in kids through building self-esteem, developing goal setting skills, and providing the experience of achievement and collaboration.

    KidSport Vancouver believes that no kid should be left on the sidelines and all kids should be given the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of organized sports.

    KidSport Vancouver provides support to children in order to remove financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sport. KidSport Vancouver receives the most requests for funding of the 150 KidSport chapters in Canada.

    To date in 2013, KidSport Vancouver has raised over $96,000 and has provided grants to over 290 local kids. Since KidSport Vancouver’s inception, they have granted $213,680 to over 1210 kids to participate in 35 different sports, but they have only helped a fraction of the kids requesting help. The money raised at the Deloitte Gift of sport will go a long way to help KidSport Vancouver raise in excess of $100,000 in 2013 and be able to help many more kids gain valuable life skills by participating in sports.