D.A.R.E. BC Society’s generous donors were recognized and celebrated on Saturday, September 12th at RCMP ‘E’ Division Headquarters. Community champions and donors were praised on how they contributed to D.A.R.E. BC Society's many accomplishments this year. Representatives from Fairchild TV, Shaughnessy Lions Club, E&E Global, Taiwanese Consulate and Central Agencies, Ltd., enjoyed lunch at the RCMP Mess Hall for the special day.
Vice President, Mike Yau, was grateful to donors for their contributions, "Your donations are going directly to support children receiving Drug Abuse Resistance Education at an early age. When children receive the D.A.R.E. keepin' it REAL program in Grade 5 or 6, they are receiving the necessary preventative education and decision making skills to resist drugs and peer pressure before they even enter adolescence".
Representatives from Fairchild TV accepted two Certificate of Appreciations from the RCMP and D.A.R.E. BC Society for creating both the Cantonese and Mandarin D.A.R.E. TV Series. D.A.R.E. BC Society has been expanding the program to ensure children or parents needing language supports are still able to benefit from the lessons of the D.A.R.E. keepin' it REAL program. Fairchild TV's donation of airtime and production services allowed the message of the D.A.R.E. keepin' it REAL program to be broadcast to the Chinese community across BC.
Board Director, Ester Ho, and E&E Global were recognized for their dedication to D.A.R.E. BC Society. Esther Ho has been a Board Director with D.A.R.E. BC Society for a number of years and is passionate about supporting youth across BC and internationally. In May, under the Direction of Esther Ho, E&E Global and their contingent of dedicated volunteers, hosted an amazing Dinner Theatre Fundraiser, in which D.A.R.E. BC Society was a benefactor.
Members of the Shaughnessy Lions Club were also in attendacnce to receive a certificate of appreciation for their donation that supported hundreds of students across BC. The first all women's Lions Club in BC, the Shaughnessy Lions Club has been supporting the local and international community, with a particular focus on children, for a over twenty years. Upon receiving their certificate, Shaughnessy Lions Club pledged their commitment to once again support the D.A.R.E. keepin’ it REAL program across the province in the coming year.
Everyone wanted to commemorate the day, with a special photo with RCMP S/Sgt. Anthony Choy, Cpl. Bob Sangha and Cst. Janice Xia all in red serge. Attendees were especially excited to have a photo with D.A.R.E. mascot, Daren the Lion.
It is all because of local organizations and corporate partners that D.A.R.E. BC Society is able to support the RCMP in delivering the D.A.R.E. keepin it REAL program across BC. D.A.R.E. BC Society sends its sincerest thanks to our donors across British Columbia for empowering children to make healthy choices and choose a drug-free life. Additionally, D.A.R.E. BC Society thanks Starbucks Coffee for providing coffee and tea for our Donor Appreciation Luncheon.