Mt Seymour's 'Shred for the Cause', Vancouver's largest ski and snowboard charity fundraiser, has raised $17,777 this ski season for Powell Place and Springhouse, two women's shelters in the Downtown Eastside, operated by The Bloom Group.
'Shred for the Cause' ran for nine Mondays, from January 25 to March 28, offering women and girls evening skiing and snowboarding for $10, $5 of which went to The Bloom Group.
This year's beneficiaries, Powell Place and Springhouse, offer women facing homelessness, mental illness, addiction and other challenges, a safe refuge. The local charity, The Bloom Group, has been providing some of the most progressive social services in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside for over 50 years, including low-barrier shelters for women and children.
Eddie Wood, General Manager of Mt Seymour Resort, comments: "We are very grateful that the guests of Mt Seymour were so generous and managed to raise a substantial amount of money to support this local non-profit organization. We are happy that we can help The Bloom Group developing more supportive programs for women facing challenges."
Lanna Many Grey Horses, Manager of Women and Children Services with The Bloom Group, says: "Fundraisers from partners like Mt Seymour make an incredible difference to women in our two shelters. These donations fund life-enhancing services like additional counselling supports, special Aboriginal healing programs, and the development of a beautiful new garden, just installed at Powell Place this spring. Our sincerest thanks to Mt Seymour and your Monday night guests!"
'Shred for the Cause', sponsored by Okanagan Spring Brewery, is in it's ninth year and has previously raised $148,000 for the BC Cancer Foundation. Mt Seymour will be looking to support a new women's local charity next season and prospective beneficiaries should firstname.lastname@example.org.
Picture: Sandra Kadel, Communications Coordinator with Mt Seymour Resorts, presents the cheque to Maroussia McRae, Crises Intervention Worker at Powell Place women's shelter.