CKNW Ophans’ Fund
Pink Shirt Day
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
The Safe Schools Department is encouraging all Surrey Schools to participate in promoting “Bullying Awareness” and supporting the CKNW Ophans’ Fund and Pink Shirt Day.
The CKNW Orphans’ Fund are dedicated to enhancing the lives of children living with behavioural, physical, mental and social challenges living in BC communities. They are one of the largest sources of individual grant funding for low income families and their children and help over 15,000 children annually. In addition to their monthly granting and the well-known Picnic at Playland (for 3500 special needs children), they are the campaign organizers for Pink Shirt Day.
100% net proceeds raised from the sale of the t-shirts benefit programs in our community that focus on building children’s self-esteem, teach violence prevention and promote empathy and compassion.
In 2015, over $350,000 in grants were distributed to the following non-profits:
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Canada: Anti-bullying programs
- Canadian Red Cross BC: Respect Ed – Rapid Response Prevention Program
- Kids Help Phone: Anti-bullying professional counseling
- Kidsafe Project Society: Young leaders anti-bullying program
- Leave out Violence Society (LOVE BC): Youth leaders working with mentors to create anti-bullying workshops and social media campaigns
- YWCA Metro Vancouver: Youth education programs
- Vancouver Opera: Stickboy – Provincial tour to schools
- Eureka Camp Society: Kindness ROCKS school performances
- YMCA of Greater Vancouver: Alternative Suspension Program – Surrey
- Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland: Go Girls Program – Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds
- Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC: YouthinBC.com connecting youth with support, information and resources.