REGINA, Oct. 17, 2015 /CNW/ - Kids at risk in the Regina area will have a new source of hope thanks to an initiative driven by Shania Twain's Shania Kids Can Foundation and The Dilawri Foundation. The two charities, along with Regina Public Schools, today announced the launch of a Shania Kids Can (SKC) Clubhouse at Judge Bryant Elementary School. Both Twain and The Dilawri Foundation co-founder, Ajay Dilawri, were on hand for the announcement.
"The Dilawri Foundation is proud to continue our partnership with Shania Kids Can. All across Canada, our partnership with SKC has helped us pursue our mandate to make a difference in health and family services. Today, we are especially pleased to contribute to an SKC Clubhouse in Regina, where we have a longstanding history. As evident by the clubhouses launched with the support of The Dilawri Foundation, we are confident that this project will do great work to assist at-risk children in Regina," said Ajay Dilawri.
Twain, who achieved her own success after overcoming an underprivileged background, founded her charity to improve the lives of at-risk children across Canada. "I'm thrilled to be opening another chapter of Shania Kids Can in Regina today. It is humbling to know that we are bringing opportunities to students who live with the most challenging of adversities," said Twain.
The SKC clubhouses confront adversities such as poverty, abuse or dysfunctional lifestyles by offering a range of academic, nutrition and recreational resources. Their goal is to ensure that every child has an equal opportunity to succeed. Many SKC Clubhouses in Canada are made possible through significant donations from The Dilawri Foundation.
Regina's SKC clubhouse will be located at Judge Bryant School in the Glencairn neighbourhood.
"We are very pleased that the students of Judge Bryant will have access to the additional supports made possible by the SKC Clubhouse, " said Greg Enion, Director of Education, Regina Public Schools. "Creating equity and giving every student the best possible opportunity to succeed is a great pathway for helping our young people develop into responsible, young adults who will contribute to their communities."
SKC Clubhouses, in partnership with The Dilawri Foundation, are located across Canada in Calgary, Toronto, Regina and Vancouver. Schools interested in applying for a SKC Clubhouse can visit www.shaniakidscan.com.
About The Dilawri Foundation
For more than two decades, the Dilawri Family has shown a deep commitment in supporting communities across Canada. With donations in the tens of millions, the generosity of the family has touched thousands of lives, and continues to leave a lasting impression.
In 2002, Founders Tony, Kap and Ajay Dilawri established The Dilawri Foundation to oversee the family's philanthropic activities. Through targeted philanthropy, The Dilawri Foundation continues to make a positive difference in the health care, medical research and family services world. http://dilawrifoundation.ca/
About Shania Kids Can
The Shania Kids Can Foundation educates, inspires, and empowers children in communities to achieve their full potential while increasing their chances of equality and opportunities for success. Through this vision, the Shania Kids Can Foundation provides children who are at risk of losing their opportunity to be the best they can be because they are suffering from poverty, disregard, abuse, or an overall dysfunctional family lifestyle with the chance to overcome the effects that these challenges may be having on their ability to function at an optimum level during the school day. www.shaniakidscan.com
About Regina Public Schools
Regina Public Schools is one of the largest school divisions in Saskatchewan, serving the educational needs of more than 21,000 students in 41 public elementary schools, eight public high schools and three faith-based, associate schools. For more information, visit: www.rbe.sk.ca
SOURCE The Dilawri Foundation
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Image with caption: "Dilawri Foundation co-founder Ajay Dilawri and country superstar Shania Twain join local children at the launch of the new Shania Kids Can Clubhouse at Judge Bryant School in Regina, Saskatchewan. (CNW Group/The Dilawri Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20151017_C1558_PHOTO_EN_523187.jpg
Image with caption: "Regina School Board Chair Katherine Gagne, Dilawri Foundation co-chair Ajay Dilawri, Shania Twain and Greg Enion, Director of Education, Regina Public Schools at the launch of the Shania Twain Kids Can Clubhouse at Judge Bryant School in Regina, Saskatchewan. (CNW Group/The Dilawri Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20151017_C1558_PHOTO_EN_523189.jpg
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