Finalists named for top philanthropic awards
Each year, National Philanthropy Day recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations in our community that are making a difference in the lives of others. By ‘changing the world with a giving heart’, these local philanthropists have been named as the top three finalist in six award categories for this year’s National Philanthropy Day awards:
Youth in Philanthropy Award (Ages 11 – 18), presented by TELUS:
Edward Milne Community School’s Leadership class
The Leadership class from Edward Milne Community School contributes significantly to local and global initiatives. Their annual Cops For Cancer fundraising campaign raised over $7,500 in one week and they inaugurated a one-day Spin-A-Thon, which raised $5,000.
They set up a challenge for the Christmas Food Drive which brought in the most collected in history. The group then participated in organizing and delivering hundreds of the food hampers around the community.
Upon learning about a staff member adopting two brothers from Lesotho, Africa, the group developed Project: Lesotho, the goal of which is to provide support to schools in the small country. The group organized a 30 hour famine and a “Fun Day” to raise money for school supplies.
The National Philanthropy Day celebration will be held on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, in the presence of the Lieutenant Governor of BC, Her Honour Judith Guichon.
The Victoria event is presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Vancouver Island. Visit their website at www.npdvictoria.com.