I ♥ SOS BC
February is all about LOVE – and for a lot of foster children and youth, life is definitely not a box of chocolates. The entire month of February 2018 is dedicated to making a difference for foster kids. Be the change for foster kids: join the SOS BC Village and spread the word!
We are promoting your I ♥ SOS BC fundraising events throughout February. This is your chance to raise money and awareness to help SOS Children’s Village BC foster kids in ways that are fun, engaging, family-friendly, and creative. If it’s easy to do, legal, and doesn’t require life insurance … go for it!
We will have some prizes for different categories! Free website and social media listing of your event! Our 2018 goal is $25,000, including 100 new monthly donors.
EVENT IDEAS FOR I ♥ SOS BC CAN INCLUDE
- Concerts and jam sessions
- Neighborhood gatherings such as traveling dinners, valentine’s party, beach clean-up
- School based events (bake sales, sports, coin & bottle drives)
- Jumble sales
- Costume party or home fashion show
- Percentage of your sales for the day or month
- Irish coffee or tea parties
- Wine or whisky tastings
- Dance marathons
- Office collections & company donations for February sales
- Club nights (board games, language clubs, meet-ups, folk dancing, etc)
- Donation match-making (friends and family matching donations challenge)
- Start an SOS Children’s Club at your school and hold your first fundraiser
- Toonie Toss
- Karaoke Party
- Traveling dinner
- February birthday? Ask for donations as gifts
- Lunar New Year party
- Office mini-golf tournament
- Board game marathon
- “Latte Love” – donate the cost of your lattes for the month!
- Love poetry competition
- Valentine making event
SWEETS FOR THE SWEET!
We think you are really wonderful for getting together with your friends, co-workers, and neighbours to raise a little love for SOS BC. Purdy’s Chocolates thinks so too!
So just to make I ♥ SOS BC month even more inspiring … Purdy’s Chocolates has donated FIVE delicious (enormous!) Purdy’s Chocolate baskets to reward the most outstanding events this month. How sweet is that!
Some categories that could get lucky include Silliest Fundraiser, Most Monthly Donors Signed Up, Most Donations Raised … and two more mystery categories. So get your imaginations going and go for … chocolate.
PURDY’S CHOCOLATE BASKET AWARD WINNERS
And the youth category Purdy’s Chocolate Basket awards go to (drum roll….)
Kick for Kids scored lots of goals for passion, compassion, and an amazing atmosphere of sportsmanship and inclusion at their event. They infused their love for “the greatest game” with lots of laughter, fair play, and a keen sense of mission. These youth have big hearts and literally put in the sweat equity to make their event a winner for foster kids. We hope they will share a Purdy’s Purple treat with their equipment sponsor, “Little Kickers” too!
Cold Hands and Warm Hearts Award
The Advanced Leadership students of Burnaby North Secondary chose SOS BC as their “passion project”. Their outdoor event, selling Krispy Kreme donuts, took place on a blustery cold and snowy weekend. Huddled together and hugging cups of coffee, the student team were Canadian “glowing hearts” in action for our kids as they told our story for hours on end. The Advanced Leadership team’s joy and humour chased off the February blues, snowballing well past their fundraising goal. We are proud to award them with Purdy’s Purple!
It Takes a Village Award
Capri Everitt had an idea to visit 80 SOS Villages in 80 countries, to learn and sing their national anthems with the kids. Music is the great uniter, bridging languages, cultures, genders, and just about every other “division” we crazy humans seem to think up. The 80 Anthems project turned into an amazing journey of love, commitment, and compassion, centred on children and youth. The local premier of the 80 Anthems documentary was a great fundraiser, and brought together SOS friends and village staffers from every continent. We were humbled by the experience of hearing – literally – the amazing worldwide choir in which our SOS Children’s Village BC has a voice. A Purdy’s Purple welcome home from SOS BC to the Everitt family!
LIST OF PARTICIPATING EVENTS
Our February I ♥ SOS BC month got off to a great start on Saturday the 3rd!
With a full house and heartfelt generosity, the Benefit Concert at the Vancouver Alpen Club was a roaring success. Our strong and steadfast friends and families in the German speaking community made this one of their largest fundraising events in years! The AVC Edelweiss Dancers included lively folk dances, hilarious mischief by their younger members, some audience-participation cowbell ringing, and gorgeous Alpen horn music. The Concordia and Melody Choirs and Zither soloist Leo Kresitschnig all performed beautifully.
The Alpen Club graciously hosted the event and many volunteers provided valentine decorations, cookies, raffle items, and (wo)man power. The afternoon was perfectly in the spirit of SOS BC: a loving community of caring people coming together to help children, and having a lot of fun doing it.
All in all, the event raised an impressive $11,389.80 from the very generous audience. The largest donation of the day was from Werner Hoing, who supported SOS BC with a cheque for $3,000. We also understand that many audience members brought in donations from friends and family who were unable to attend the event. Every donation comes from a loving heart – it really does take a village! We are so grateful for everyone who organized, attended, and donated.
Event: Burnaby North Secondary School I ♥ SOS BC Fundraiser
Date: February 17th and 18th
Time: 10am – 3pm
Location: Kensington Plaza, 6500 Hastings Street, Burnaby
We are advanced leadership students from Burnaby North Secondary and for our “passion project” we have decided to fundraise for SOS Children’s Village BC and on February 17th and 18th from 10am – 3pm we will be selling Krispy Kreme donuts in Kensington Plaza in Burnaby, BC.
Please drop by and pick up a dozen delicious donuts for $12!
ALS Annual Charity Drive
Employees and families of employees are participating in this event which includes a 50/50, bake sale, samosa sale, live auction, basket raffle, pub night, and directed giving through the United Way. For the past 20 years ALS has been running a campaign for local charities and this year they want to help raise money and goods for SOS Children’s Village BC and the SOS Children’s Village Thrift Store Foundation. The big kickoff event for all staff, 160 people, is February 22nd, with the drive lasting until March 8th.
UPDATE: We just got word from ALS Environmental that they have already raised over $2,000! They are on track to meet their goal and more. We are so excited – go Team ALS!!
Event: Vancouver Premiere of Around the World in 80 Anthems Documentaries
Date: February 25th
Time: Short film at 1pm, Feature film at 2pm
Location: The Cinematheque, 200-1131 Howe Street, Vancouver
Capri Everitt and her family live in Vancouver and contacted SOS Children’s Village BC a few years ago about this crazy idea they had. They embarked on an incredible trip around the world singing 80 anthems in 80 countries to raise money for SOS Children’s Villages.
We are thrilled to invite you to the private Vancouver Premiere of SOS youth ambassador Capri Everitt’s 80 Anthems Documentaries!
Tickets range from $7 to $11, with the entire ticket price being donated to SOS Children’s Village BC. The screenings take place on Sunday February 25th at The Cinematheque on Howe Street in Vancouver. The short film is at 1pm and the feature film is at 2pm.
The multiple award-winning films (12 awards in total!) have been doing the international film festival circuits, preventing the Everitt family from showing them to the public: until now! Please note that both films are completely different. Different directors, different producers, different adventures, and much of the footage used is different in each film.
Seats are limited to 150 per film and will sell out, so please don’t delay and grab your tickets online according to which film you would like to attend. If you would like to come to both, please get tickets for both films.
Event: Kick For Kids Fundraiser
Date: March 9th
Time: 2:30pm – 7pm
Location: Tamanawis Secondary School, 12600 66 Ave, Surrey
For most of us, being able to play sports and participate in recreational activities is something normal… a part of our daily lives. But for kids who are less fortunate, these same opportunities need to be created for them through outside help.
However providing this level of support for children is not an easy or inexpensive task and the Kick for Kids Fundraiser is a 5 V 5 soccer tournament that aims to raise funds to provide these simple luxuries for children. The event will be held at Tamanawis Secondary School on March 9, 2018 from 2:30-8pm. For people interested in registering a team the entry fee is $25 for a team of 6.
Wildcats, lets come together and let our connection and love for sports as a school, craft positive memories for children just like us!