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Canucks For Kids Fund Supports BC Community With Over $2.6 Million in Grants

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver, B.C. - Canucks for Kids Fund President Paolo Aquilini announced the hockey club's charity will donate over $2.6 million to BC charities this season.

"The Canucks for Kids Fund and Orca Bay are very proud of our commitment to the community," said Aquilini. "We are very grateful to our fans, our sponsor partners, Canucks players and their families, and the employees at Orca Bay who so generously donate funds and time to ensure children in BC have a healthy future."

The Canucks for Kids Fund dedicates resources to assist charities who support children's health and wellness, foster the development of grassroots hockey, and facilitate and encourage education in British Columbia. Through a variety of programs in which Canucks players and employees participate, the team joins with Canucks fans and partner sponsors to raise funds.

The Canucks for Kids Fund raises awareness and funds through several charitable initiatives including: Canucks for Kids Fund 50/50, Dice & Ice Benefit presented by HSBC, Canucks Superskills presented by McDonald's and the Canucks for Kids Fund Telethon presented by Chevrolet. The Canucks for Kids Fund also partners with the following key community charity events: YVR Golf for Kids, Wood Gundy at Park Place Charity Invitational, Special Olympics BC's Sports Celebrities Festival, and Spirit Bears in the City.

The Canucks for Kids Fund donated $2 million to Canuck Place Children's Hospice from funds raised during the 2006-2007 season. For over 12 years Canuck Place has provided child-focused and family-centred care for children with life-threatening illnesses. The Hospice provides 24-hour, 7-days-a-week care by nurses and physicians in addition to family care, end-of-life, pain and symptom management, school music and play therapy, recreation opportunities and counseling services. Since 1993, the Vancouver Canucks have supported Canuck Place with over $18 million in funding.

In addition to grants the Canucks for Kids Fund also supports key initiatives in the BC community. At the Canucks Family Education Centre located at Britannia Community Centre in East Vancouver, low-income children and families are assisted through four literacy initiatives. At the Canucks Centre for BC Hockey, players, coaches and administrators from around BC gain skills, growth and development through initiatives and programs delivered through the Centre. Fin's Friends, a character education curriculum for primary students that is free to schools, integrates literacy and social skills at critical learning phases in over 300 classrooms across the province.

Canucks for Kids Fund 2006-2007 season Grant Recipients over $10,000 include:
Grant Recipient
$2,000,000 Canuck Place Children's Hospice
$250,000 BC Children's Hospital Foundation for the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Building (over three years)
$60,000 Arts Umbrella for the Sarah McLachlan Summer Music Outreach Program (over three years)
$75,000 Britannia Community Services for Canucks Family Education Centre literacy programs
$75,000 Hockey Canada for minor hockey skills development in British Columbia (over three years)
$71,470 BC Lions Society Easter Seals Camps
$54,000 Ronald McDonald House of BC
$54,000 NHLPA Goals & Dreams for KidSport BC
$50,000 BC Children's Hospital Foundation for the Centre for Research in Childhood Diabetes
$30,000 Vancouver Public Schools Foundation for Templeton's High School's Big Dream's Program
$30,000 YWCA Teen Mothers' Parenting Program at Emma's (over three years)
$15,000 Canadian Cancer Society's Camp Goodtimes
$10,000 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
$10,000 Zajac Foundation
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