OPERATION ELF 2011

VISION:

To Spread Cheer, for All to Hear through sustainable, community driven holiday festivities that positively impact those in need in our community.

OUR GROWTH:

For the past 7 years I have rallied and rounded up some of the most amazing people (and elves) in my life, and they in turn have rounded up the most amazing people in their lives –this domino effect is endless and it’s what makes this operation a success. It’s now time for Operation Elf to take the next step, and that step is to sponsor those who need it most, who are in transition and working towards providing a life for themselves and their families.

OPERATION ELF 2011:

This year our goal is to impact more lives and bring awareness to programs and services dedicated to assisting youth, youth at risk and vulnerable population affected by poverty and marginalization.

More importantly, to showcase the impact we can make by encouraging others to give the gift of hope, opportunity and compassion. This year we will be supporting 2 great causes, through our baked goods and in kind contributions of gifts and donation.

CAUSE 1: VANCOUVER POLICE FOUNDTION Supporting Youth at Risk and Sport: “Adopt a Project”

PAL’s (Police Athletics Leagues) is a youth crime prevention initiative that uses athletic, recreational and educational programs as a tool to foster positive rapport and mutual trust between police officers and youths, as well as assist and encourage youths to become involved in community sports and activities. Sports encourage kids to enhance self-esteem and motivation and to promote the learning of successful interpersonal skills within a team. In BC thousands of children do not have the opportunity to play sports due to financial barriers.

Website:  PALS: http://vancouver.ca/police/community-policing/youth-outreach/police-athletic-league.html and VPF: www.vancouverpolicefoundation.org

CAUSE 2: HOPE IN SHADOWS: Supporting Homelessness and Low-Income Vendors

Hope in Shadows, which is a charitable organization creating positive social change for people and communities impacted by poverty and marginalization. Our projects empower, educate, and provide employment training to low income people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and beyond. We encourage you to purchase their calendars and join us on December 24th as our elves will be out and about from12pm – 4pm handing out baked goodies, wrapped up and ready to deliver to all the Hope in Shadows vendors. The Hope in Shadows calendars are sold on the streets ofVancouver by homeless and low-income vendors, and we wish to bring them a little extra of xmas eve.

Website: http://www.hopeinshadows.com/about-us

THE ELF CALL TO ACTION:  It’s Easy!

1. Join our Facebook Page and “SHARE” on your wall. (https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/140222116086652/)

2. Join us on December 24th 12pm – 4pm.

3. Become a VPF Member (a $100 donation goes towards the “Adopt a Project” for PALs AND you get to become a VPF member for the year. Includes; membership, tax receipt, invite to the AGM, and more). (pssst… I’m one and loving it! Play an active role in your community).

Our journey starts off at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Gardens on Carrall street. An amazing opportunity to see full scale the breath taking photos that are featured in the 2012 calendar, as well as an opportunity to learn about the evolution of the Hope in Shadows project, piloted by Pivot Legal Society.

GIVE THE GIFT OF THANKS:

In addition, our “Mobile ELF Team” will be making pit stops at  the Vancouver Fire Department Hall on Main and Hastings and the Vancouver Police Station, to say thank you for their efforts in 2011, and for all their post riot community service and assistance.

This holiday season we have a great opportunity to give and to remember the efforts made in 2011 towards a brighter, more progressive and better 2012.

Yours in Elf-ism!

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About RUN4ACAUSE

I am what you would call a freelance do’gooder of all things bucketlist and philanthropically inclined. (a) Movement & Performance Coach (a) Social Crusader (a) Wannabe Superhero (a) Athlete (a) Advocate for Play (a) Compassion Junkie (a) Womens and Youth Activist (a) runner'of a' muck (a) Chief Fascia Facilitator (Yoga Teacher and MyoFascia Enthusiast) So, here it is, my BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) TO RAISE $1 MILLION DOLLARS before the age of 35! This is no small 'feet' to take on... A 10 year passion project; by which I harness the power behind the sports philanthropy movement by using my own middle of the pack talent - RUNNING! I am the founder of RUN4ACAUSE, and my goal is simple ~ to combine advocacy with sport and the foundation is to bring awareness to the power behind education, the power of our youth and women's economic empowerment worldwide! This blog is an ongoing Story Telling Series of my RUN4ACAUSE, where I aim to showcase the direct impact WE can make by empowering our youth to transform their world; by mobilizing them to engage in cultural exchange, gain a global perspective, and create and lead social change through the art of sport, and by the power of one voice. Imagine the possibilities! I hope this blog leaves you empowered, inspired and MOVED - so why don't you join me and RUN4ACAUSE!
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