Our next Project – Helping local refugee youth
Nature PhotoHikes’ events raise awareness and funds for various charities. Last year’s events helped raise over $1,200 for Take a Hike Foundation, which engages at-risk youth through adventure-based learning, academics, therapy, and community involvement. The reason Take a Hike Foundation resonated with our philosophy is the powerful healing effect of nature and the outdoors on our mind, body and soul. One doesn’t have to be physically or emotionally at-risk, however, as many of our attendees find it extremely therapeutic to escape the daily grind and head to the mountains. But it sure helps those who suffer more, and in that regard we’re proud to support these students. Have a read of their stories.
This year, we raised further awareness and funds for the homeless of Vancouver ($650 for 2 months’ lunches through Peace Meal), in addition to volunteering at their monthly luncheons by preparing and serving approximately 200 guests in Downtown Eastside’s community church. See photos of our dedicated volunteers below.
In keeping with similar philosophy as Take a Hike’s, Nature PhotoHikes has now embarked on a new campaign: engaging refugee youth through ISSofBC (issbc.org), a local refugee settlement organization. I have been personally involved over the last year with some of these youth, but now am opening up to the community. We need your help through volunteering, raising awareness and sponsorship for these youth. Please contact us for more info on how you can help!