The Vancouver Canucks Alumni were handing out newspapers on the streets in support of the Vancouver Sun Raise-a-Reader program.
The Vancouver Canucks were out in proud support of the 13th Annual Vancouver Sun Raise-a-Reader day on Wednesday, September 23rd. The sun was shining down as Vancouver Canucks, hundreds of volunteers, The Vancouver Sun, Global Television and Vancouver Police and Fire departments handed out specialty Raise-a-Reader edition copies of the Vancouver Sun for donations to support literacy.
Vancouver Canucks Alumni Kirk McLean, Stan Smyl, Darcy Rota and Chris Oddleifson were among those posted on downtown Vancouver streets from 7-9 am. The Canucks Alumni realize the importance of literacy in building strong families and communities and growing economic potential. Every year the Alumni join forces with others to support the most successful Raise-a-Reader campaign in all of Canada. Last year’s event saw nearly one million dollars raised, making a total of over 5.2 million dollars contributed in Vancouver alone since 1997.
The Vancouver Sun created the Raise-a-Reader program in 1997 in hopes of increasing the awareness of literacy in children and families. Money raised in Vancouver goes directly to fund literacy programs, public school libraries and public libraries across British Columbia. This year’s event saw 28 cities hold similar events across Canada.
The Canucks Family Education Center is directly supported through this event and over $500,000 has been donated to them in the past 7 years. This money goes towards providing free and ongoing literacy programs to over 500 people a year on Vancouver’s East-side.Story by Leah Peden, Canucks Centre Student Associate