Young Ambassadors Program raises $1 million
Vancouver, BC - October 22, 2017: When Arthur Chan, now 21, was being treated at BC Children’s Hospital, he never dreamed he would one day be back at the hospital as a philanthropist, not a patient. Last night, Chan and fellow members of the Young Ambassador Program were recognized for inspiring the next generation of volunteers and donors to give back.
Over the past 7 years, the Young Ambassadors have held events and participated in fundraising activities that and raised an incredible $1 million for BC Children’s Excellence in Child Health Fund, improving the lives of children and families across the province.
Inspired by his experience as an oncology patient at the hospital, Chan formed the Young Ambassadors Program in 2010 with eight close friends. The compassionate group of next generation philanthropists has now grown to over 100 youth volunteers, some as young as 8 years old.
“Philanthropy has no boundaries” said Chan.” Regardless of your age, ethnicity, education background or experience, you can achieve great things by simply believing in something. We believe that together, we can be a catalyst for change and inspire other youth to get involved in their community. Through our fundraising efforts for BC Children’s Hospital, we have experienced the true meaning of philanthropy and it has been an incredible journey for all of us.”
The Young Ambassadors Program has made a significant contribution to the BC Children’s Excellence in Child Health Fund, which funds research, the purchase of medical equipment and training the best and brightest doctors providing care to the sickest kids in the province.
About the Young Ambassador Program
The Young Ambassador Program (YAP) is a BC Children’s Hospital Foundation initiative whose mission is to inspire youth to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives while also supporting BC Children's Hospital through fundraising and awareness building. Comprising of members between the ages of eight and 21, the program has achieved tremendous success since it was founded in 2010. Through various fundraising and leadership development opportunities, members have learned important life lessons while participating in community initiatives that help to sharpen their communication, team-building and project management skills. Many of our members have also been accepted to prominent universities across Canada and in North America.
About BC Children’s Hospital
BC Children’s Hospital is the province’s only full-service acute care hospital, treating 86,000 children each year. The money raised by the foundation supports urgent needs at the hospital, its research institute and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. For more information visit bcchf.ca
For more information, contact:
Pamela L. Smith
BC Children’s Hospital Foundation
604-875-2345 x 5547 or 604-787-8872