Creator’s Arts Centre thankfully acknowledges their gratitude to Kid’s Care for their recent donation, which will be put towards Tuition Assistance for the Summer Arts Camps which are week beginning July 30th 2012 and week beginning August 6th 2012.
Kids Care is operated as a public service by radio stations, The Q103.1 and Power 104 and area TD Canada Trust Bank branches. As a result there are no operating costs associated to the charity—the partners pay all costs. Every dollar raised for Kids Care goes directly to the designated project. A volunteer advisory council takes responsibility for the success of Kids Care.
Kids Care began operations on May 5, 1995. Since then, the organization has raised about $1.4 million in support of children in the Okanagan.
Kids Care was instrumental in renovating the Kelowna General Hospital’s Pediatric Ward and building a Children’s Health Centre in it’s place. The charity’s contribution to this project was approximately $800,000.
Kids Care has contributed $60,000 to help construct a Waterspray park in West Kelowna set to open in 2010. Other fund recipients have included::
Reach Out Youth Counseling – to help them provide more, much needed professional services to our young people.
Central Okanagan Child Development Association – raised funds to assist the COCDA with renovations to their premises, including installation of a modern elevator.
CNIB – to help fund CNIB programs for children.
Westside Boys & Girls Club – raised funds to improve and equip the gymnasium facilities at the Westside Boys and Girls Club.
Bankhead Learning Centre – to purchase equipment and to help construct a facility at Bankhead Elementary School designed to provide services to “At Risk” families.
Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre – provided much needed equipment such as aquatic wheelchair, recreation mats and life jackets for facility in Westbank.
Kelowna General Hospital Adolescent Psychiatric Unit – Funds donated to help construct new unit for adolescent psychiatric care at Kelowna General Hospital.
Kid’s Care purpose is, “to benefit children of the Central Okanagan by identifying their special needs and requirements and then developing plans and programs to meet them.”
Kids Care is supported by fundraising activities of local businesses and organizations in the Okanagan. Major contributors include:
- TD Canada Trust Branches
- Whiski Jacks Pub, Westbank
- BC Restaurant & Food Services Association – Taste of Kelowna
- Okanagan Alliance of Car Clubs
- Private Donations