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Wednesday, 21 December 2005 23:15
"Homeless in the Garden City" Calendar

Victoria Cool Aid Society - News Release - Victoria, BC- Victoria Cool Aid Society and Leadership Victoria have a 2006 calendar for sale ($10) with personal stories from Victoria's homeless, and information that helps the reader understand the challenges faced by the homeless and agencies trying to help them.

The "Homeless in the Garden City" calendars are a thought-provoking gift for anyone's holiday list. Each month a photo and story tells a story of the hardships faced by the homeless every day. They show the human side of street life, including compassion, happiness, family, community, hope and dignity, under adverse circumstances. 

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"When you buy a Homeless in the Garden City calendar, you give twice - once to the homeless and once to your loved ones," said Kathy Stinson, Executive Director of Cool Aid. "During this holiday period we are asking Victorians to help the homeless, and agencies like Cool Aid, that work together throughout the year to provide healthcare, housing and shelter to those in need."

The calendars sell for just $10 each. All profits support Cool Aid advocacy initiatives.  (Charitable donations are also accepted: call 383-1977 or visit http://www.coolaid.org.)

The calendars are for sale at the following locations:

  * Munro's Books, 1108 Government
  * Chapters Books, 1212 Douglas
  * Cool Aid, 102-749 Pandora Avenue (in the courtyard - donations also accepted)
  * Leadership Victoria, 306-620 View Street
  * Downtown Victoria Business Association, 20 Centennial Square
  * Victoria City Hall, 1 Centennial Square
  * Victoria Police, 850 Caledonia
  * Community Council, 1144 Fort Street
  * Carol James Community Office, 1084 Fort Street
  * between Christmas and New Year, calendars can also be obtained from Streetlink,  1634 Store Street
  * through http://www.spud.ca

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Backgrounder below

CONTACT INFORMATION

Kathy Stinson, Executive Director
Victoria Cool Aid Society
250-383-1977 ext. 107
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http://www.coolaid.org



BACKGROUNDER


ABOUT THE CALENDAR PROJECT: The calendar began as a way to tell the stories of homeless persons using Streetlink Shelter and Sandy Merriman House. Disposable cameras were handed out to ten shelter users at Sandy Merriman House and another ten at Streetlink Shelter.  Participants in the photo contest were asked to share images that had meaning to them.  What resulted was a 16-month calendar which illustrates that homelessness is the daily struggle to meet basic needs, the suffering of poverty, the battle of addictions, and the toil of mental illness.  And that despite these hardships there remains hope, dignity, friendship and community. 


ABOUT VICTORIA COOL AID SOCIETY: Through healthcare, housing, and shelter for those in need, Cool Aid has built a 37-year legacy of service to the marginalized. Cool Aid works to eliminate homelessness in the CRD by working in partnership with others to develop a continuum of care for those who are marginalized, homeless, and hard to house. For further information about Victoria Cool Aid Society please visit http://www.coolaid.org.

ABOUT LEADERSHIP VICTORIA: Leadership Victoria is a community-based volunteer driven program that engages passionate people to become future community leaders.  The program was established in fall of 2000 through the efforts of Volunteer Victoria.  The initial funding was provided J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and the Victoria Foundation.  Leadership Victoria provides emerging decision makers with opportunities to develop and practice leadership skills.  The program emphasizes practical experience and exposes participants to current regional issues as a context for skill building.  For information about Leadership Victoria please visit their web-site at http://www.leadershipvictoria.ca.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 December 2005 23:15
 

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