Vancouver, B.C. - In the early hours of September 23rd, over 300 volunteers took to the streets to support Raise-a-Reader Day, the Vancouver Sun campaign that promotes literacy in Canadian families. Funds raised by the annual campaign are used to empower families by providing the tools that they need to build their reading abilities, and thus significantly improve their quality of life.
Starting at 7am, Trevor Linden along with Canucks players Sven Baertschi and Jacob Markstrom took donations in exchange for a special edition of the Vancouver Sun, with all proceeds going to family literacy programs including the Canucks Family Education Centre. Joined by alumni Kirk McLean, Darcy Rota, Jyrki Lumme, and Stan Smyl, the corners of downtown Vancouver were filled with team spirit.
A big fan of reading himself, FIN joined the festivities, racing through the downtown core to hawk newspapers with representatives from GlobalBC and the other local sports teams. After several hours on the streets, this year’s Raise-a-Reader Day raised over $21,000 to improve education and literacy.
Thank you to all of this year’s volunteers for making the 2015 campaign a success!
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To learn more about Raise-a-Reader Day visit www.raiseareader.com
For more information on the Canucks Family Education Centre please visit the Canucks Family Education Centre page.