The Rick Hansen Foundation is honoured to be one of 11 national charities to receive $1 million from the Slaight Family Foundation as part of a multi-million dollar initiative to improve the lives of Canadian children and youth.
On February 10, The Slaight Family Foundation announced that the $11 million donation will be split equally among all groups, which include Rick Hansen Foundation, Kids Help Phone, Children’s Wish Foundation, Canadian Feed The Children, Children’s Aid Foundation, Frontier College, Pathways to Education Canada, Breakfast Club of Canada, Canadian Red Cross, CANFAR, and Special Olympics Canada.
This strategic approach to philanthropy aims to support and aid in the healthy development of Canada’s most vulnerable children and youth. The funding will enable these organizations to kick-start new initiatives or quickly expand services to improve the physical, mental and social well-being of children in Canada.
The donations will fund 11 projects that provide the support and opportunities for children and youth to succeed. Each project will touch on a different, but equally important, area of their lives, including: increased physical activity for children with disabilities, school food programs for remote and marginalized communities, AIDS awareness and prevention, anti-violence program, literacy, post-secondary education and more.
Each of the organizations and their programs are ensuring that children and youth are supported in all areas of their lives. By focusing on younger Canadians they are shaping the future of our country,” said Gary Slaight, President and CEO of Slaight Family Foundation. “We hope these gifts provide them with the resources to help children lead healthy, successful and positive lives. We would also encourage others to support these national initiatives for the betterment of Canadian children and youth.”
The $1million gift to the Rick Hansen Foundation will help us expand the Youth Ambassador program to raise awareness of people with disabilities.
Rick Hansen Ambassadors share their personal experiences about living with a disability and how they overcome challenges. This generous donation will allow us to recruit and train additional ambassadors, and increase the number of presentations made every year. Additionally, we will be able to hire new part-time Provincial Coordinators, and develop an online version of the presentation.
Thank you to the Slaight Family Foundation! We are so grateful to be included in this group of charities doing such important work for Canada’s youth!