On June 10th, Vancouver Whitecaps FC will host the Houston Dynamo at BC Place and
raise funds for The KidSafe Project
Vancouver-area Kia dealers donating for every test drive to support The
KidSafe Project beginning on June 4th
All funds raised on June 10th at KidSafe Day at BC Place will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to
$25,000 by the Blue Links Foundation
VANCOUVER, June 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Kia Canada Inc. and Vancouver Whitecaps
FC are teaming up for 'KidSafe Day' on June 10th at B.C. Place. Representatives from Kia will be receiving donations
before and during the match to support KidSafe, which is a non-profit
organization that provides a safe haven for some of Vancouver's most
vulnerable children and youth. Additionally, the Blue Planet Links
Foundation will match, dollar for dollar, all funds raised up to
$25,000 in support of KidSafe.
"We are extremely excited to have the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and our
Greater Vancouver dealers partner in raising awareness and support for
KidSafe," said Maria Soklis, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
for Kia Canada. "It is important that we all continue to Drive Change
in our local communities."
In addition to the on-site donations, the six Kia dealers throughout
Vancouver will be donating $10 for every test drive. With every test
drive, the entrant has an opportunity to have their name entered into a
daily draw for a pair of tickets to the June 10th Whitecaps FC match. For Kia dealer locations please visit www.kia.ca.
"KidSafe is very proud to be working alongside Kia Canada and the
Vancouver Whitecaps FC in providing over 400 vulnerable children and
families in our community with meals and programming this summer," said
Gerhard Maynard, Executive Director of KidSafe. "We are very excited
that the Blue Planet Links Foundation has agreed to match every dollar
raised on the day up to $25,000. Kia and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC are
truly driving change and for that we are truly grateful."
About Vancouver Whitecaps FC
In 1974, Vancouver Whitecaps FC played their inaugural season in the
North American Soccer League, and in 1979, the club won the NASL Soccer
Bowl championship. From 1987 to 1992, as a member of the Canadian
Soccer League, Vancouver won four straight CSL titles. In 2002,
Whitecaps FC created a full club model that encompasses professional
teams for men and women, extensive youth development and grassroots
participation programs, facility development, and the Whitecaps
Foundation to support specific initiatives related to health and
wellness through soccer. Since 2004, Whitecaps FC have won two United
Soccer Leagues First Division championships and two USL W-League
championships. Last year, Whitecaps FC joined Major League Soccer, and
are now in their second season in MLS. For additional information on
Vancouver Whitecaps FC, visit whitecapsfc.com.
KidSafe's mission is to provide safe havens for at-risk inner-city
elementary school students when schools are traditionally closed.
KidSafe supports over 400 at-risk children annually and provides
services to six Vancouver elementary schools, offering a familiar place
of safety, nutritious meals, emotional support and positive activity
alternatives. Children ages 5 to 13 are welcomed for the two months of
summer vacation, spring break, winter break and after school programs,
where they will build confidence, self-esteem and have opportunities
for social development.
Kia Canada Inc. (www.kia.ca - www.facebook.com/kiacanada) -- a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart -- is a
subsidiary of Kia Motors Corporation (KMC) in Korea was founded in 1999
and sells and services high quality class leading vehicles like the
Soul, Forte, Optima and Sorento through a network of 173 dealers
nationwide. Kia Canada Inc. employs 158 people in its Mississauga,
Ontario headquarters and four regional offices across Canada. Kia's
brand slogan -- "The Power to Surprise" -- represents the company's
global commitment to surpassing customer expectations through
continuous automotive innovation.
SOURCE KIA Canada Inc.
For further information:
Kia Canada Inc. Media Contacts:
Public Relations Manager
Public Relations and Events Coordinator