Live Racing Events Part of Community Benefits Program
VANCOUVER, March 18, 2014 /CNW/ - A total of 12 non-profit organizations
from Hastings-Sunrise and across Vancouver have been selected to
participate in the 2014 "Community Days at the Track" program held
annually at Hastings Racecourse.
As part of the program a selection committee chooses designated
organizations with the opportunity to raise funds on a live race day at
Hastings Racecourse. The package includes exclusive use of the Marquee
Tent for fund-raising purposes, a food donation worth $1,500 and a
direct donation of $5,000.
The selection committee consists of Hastings Racecourse representatives,
community constituents/residents and a senior member of the City of
Vancouver social planning department.
From 45 applications submitted for the 2014 dates, the 12 groups
Hastings Elementary Community School (Parents Advisory Committee) - Works to enrich the education and welfare of Hastings elementary
students through school activities and fostering parent involvement.
Garibaldi Annex (PAC) - Creating a nurturing atmosphere where each child is encouraged to do
their best academically, socially, aesthetically, physically and
emotionally; to encourage strong home-school connections and to ensure
a positive learning atmosphere.
North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Association - Provides safe and professional therapeutic equine activities enriching
the lives of physically, emotionally and developmentally challenged
children and adults through social, recreational and national
competitive riding programs.
Richmond Therapeutic Equestrian Society - Provides quality therapeutic riding programs for children and youths
with disabilities in order to promote physical, social and
Vancouver Friends for Life Society - Non-profit charitable society operating The Diamond Centre for Living,
an innovative wellness centre for people living with serious illness
such as HIV/AIDS and cancer. Volunteers provide over 60 different
types of complimentary therapies along with nutritious meals and social
Westcoast Families Centres Society - Contributes to the healthy development of children by providing services
to strengthen relationships between children and families and their
The Kettle Friendship Society - Supporting people with mental illness to lead healthier lives offering
26 services including mental health drop-in, women's transition housing
and income assistance.
Out on Screen - A unique anti-bullying education initiative that uses film and
discussion to promote safe and diverse high school communities free
from bullying and discrimination. Supports Vancouver Queer Film
Festival through education and dialogue.
New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society - Dedicated to finding adopted homes and alternative careers for
Thoroughbred race horses no longer able to compete through re-training,
rehabilitating and promoting responsible horse ownership at all levels.
Health and Home Care Society of BC - Independent, locally-based non-profit organization supporting
communities with health care and social programs tailored to promoting
and providing a future where seniors live independently in their own
Hastings Community Little League - Supporting community baseball as a way of promoting physical activity,
skills and team building as well as volunteerism and citizenship.
CircusWest Performing Arts Society - Empowering people to find their artistic voice and realize performance
potential through developing circus arts and performance skills,
fitness and confidence in a non-competitive environment.
It should be noted that while there are 12 organizations involved in
this year's Community Benefits Program, the events will take place over
10 Community Days at the Track with the first four listed being
selected as joint partnerships. Those organizations not selected for
the 2014 program are encouraged to apply again for 2015.
SOURCE: Hastings Racecourse
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