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SOURCES Receives Unprecedented Support In Coldest Night of the Year Fundraiser

White Rock and Surrey, B.C. (March 31, 2022) – Today marks the last day of the Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) national walk campaign, an initiative that gets people out walking for a cause that matters to them in their local community. Among these fundraising efforts, SOURCES attracted 454 people to walk for their Homeless Prevention and Rent Bank services, which directly benefits those living in White Rock and South Surrey.

“This year, we successfully reached our goal, raising $201,407 from Coldest Night of the Year! Among the 165 locations that participated in this event, we ranked #5 in Canada for the most amount of dollars raised for our community,” says Megan Knight, CNOY Co-chair and SOURCES Foundation Board Member. “As we conclude our ninth year of CNOY, it is with great pride that I announce we have raised over $960,000 to-date. That’s nearly $1 million!”

Running an event during uncertain times with the COVID-19 pandemic is no easy feat. For a second year in a row, SOURCES has hosted the walk virtually. The agency has been tasked with pulling together a concerted outreach effort to get as many supporters onboard as possible without the same level of face-to-face interaction as pre-pandemic times. The response this year from the community was overwhelming as the agency experienced a 21% increase in walker participation.

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SOURCES Prepares for Coldest Night of the Year’s Walk Weekend

SOURCES Prepares for Coldest Night of the Year’s Walk Weekend
Surrey and White Rock, B.C. (February 23, 2022) – SOURCES prepares for this weekend’s White Rock/South Surrey Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY), happening Saturday, February 26. Entering its 9th year of the fundraising walk, SOURCES will be kicking off opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. this Friday, followed by individual team walks on the weekend, and closing ceremonies will be held at 6 p.m. this Sunday.

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Firefly lantern fundraiser for food bank started by former volunteer

When Bob Jadis left his hometown in Nova Scotia as a youth, his father said to him, “Son, if nothing else, I want you to remember to always put back more into the community than you take out.” Those parting words etched themselves onto Bob’s heart. He went on to contribute countless volunteer hours at various organizations and even formed a charitable jazz band, “Souper Jazz,” that plays to this day in support of the soup kitchen in Ottawa. Now, at 83 years old and residing in the South Surrey-White Rock area, Bob continues to think of novel ways to give back to his community. Read More…

Long-term SOURCES sponsorship creates lasting friendships

As one of SOURCES’ longest-serving gala sponsors, the Hazelmere Golf and Country Club has become more like a family than a supporter over the past 20 years.

“It’s always a great experience to be with our friends at SOURCES and the gala is an annual event that the whole team looks forward to,” explains Frank Fourchalk, general manager for the West Coast Golf Group which owns the Hazelmere venue.  “We have a lot of long-term employees here and it’s nice when we have these events, year in and year out, because we can all look forward to working with everyone again.”

As the all-important gala venue sponsor, the Hazelmere Golf and Country Club plays a key role in the annual SOURCES gala – with Hazelmere staff getting involved in a new gala theme each year.  “It’s our time to shine and it makes us feel good in hosting the event,” says Fourchalk.  “It allows us to commit our support even more and it lets staff get really involved due to executing the event.”

Working side by side with SOURCES staff and contractors, Hazelmere staff function both behind the scenes and in front, helping to ensure that the gala is a success.  “We have so much familiarity and short-hand between the two teams which really helps us to adapt to what happened with COVID-19 – we had to do what we never thought we would have to do and it seemed like every two minutes we were pivoting and making adjustments,” notes Fourchalk.

This year, due to the pandemic, the SOURCES gala was first postponed from spring until fall and then, eventually, hosted virtually with SOURCES volunteers delivering the dinner meal, prepared by Hazelmere’s chef, directly to gala attendees.

The year 2022 will be Hazelmere’s 60th anniversary and, having been part of the community for so long, Fourchalk says he has seen the benefits of helping others first hand.  “The scope of services that SOURCES offers is incredible and why it’s important to support an agency that is local and doing great things for the community.”