Community Support

Aunt Leah’s Place

FVQG CHARITY for 2016-2019. We are very pleased to announce that the charity for the next two years is Aunt Leah’s Place The following is a brief statement of the wonderful work which they do in our community.

Aunt Leah’s Place, for more than 25 years, has been helping kids in foster care and teen moms achieve a better future by providing guidance, supported housing, job training and coaching in essential skills. We believe every young person de- serves to feel safe, cared for and have a sense of belonging. Unfortunately, this is not the experience for many teens in the foster care system. When they “age out” of government care at 19, they find themselves completely alone. Aunt Leah’s Place tries to fill that gap and provide the loving support young people in care so desperately need and deserve. Aunt Leah’s often provides the only thread of care and continuity for youth whose young lives have often been marked by abuse, neglect, abandonment and multiple foster home placements.

Over the last two decades we have seen how support at this critical time can help these young people realize their possibilities and potential while becoming resilient, independent adults. Since its incorporation as a society in 1988, Aunt Leah’s has helped countless children and youth lead healthy, safe and productive lives- kids who might have otherwise fallen through the cracks of the “system” into homelessness, entered the criminal justice system or surrendered to suicide.

COPS for CANCER TOUR de VALLEY 2019

The guild is again collecting quilts for the Cops for Cancer Ride, September 19-27, 2019 . This will be our 14th year we have been donating quilts to this very worthwhile event.

The Tour de Valley Ride will consist of approximately 15 emergency response members i.e. RCMP, Firefighters and Border Guards who ride their bicycles 600 KMS from South Delta to Boston Bar and back to raise funds for Pediatric Cancer research and Camp Goodtime. Each rider carries a photo of their buddy, the child for whom they are riding and who is either on cancer treatment or in remission. A quilt is then presented to the Buddies at the Opening Ceremonies. Other quilts are handed out during the Ride itself to children who may live outside the lower mainland or a family member who may need a ‘hug’.

The quilts can be unisex or boy/girl specific approximately 40” X 60”. Bright cheerful colours and ages 5- 16 are the norm but infants and younger children can also be afflicted so all sizes are appreciated as the children grow and some quilts can be taken to newly diagnosed children in hospital.

Carole Hando

If there are questions I can be contacted by e-mail chando@shaw.ca