HMCS Vancouver gives to kids in Hong Kong
By SLt Jordan Bornholdt, Assistant Supply Officer,
Outreach activities coordinated through organizations which emphasize empowering children to make positive change in their community was a predetermined objective of HMCS Vancouver for Op PROJECTION Indo-Asia-Pacific. During the port visit in Hong Kong, Vancouver was proud to support Kids4Kids, a non-profit organization that supports literacy development and youth empowerment. Kids4Kids has partnered with over 65 schools, 40 charity organizations, and has involved over 15,500 students.
As one of Kids4Kids newest partners, Vancouver contributed to Kids4Kids objectives. This opportunity is made possible by the Boomer’s Legacy Fund. Named after Cpl Andrew “Boomer” Eykelenboom, who was tragically killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan, the fund helps men and women in uniform have a positive impact on the communities they visit. The charitable funds provided by the Boomer’s Legacy helps ensure that Andrew’s humanitarian spirit lives on. Vancouver is proud to follow Andrew’s example with the aim of formulating a positive legacy with Kids4Kids in Hong Kong.
While onboard to receive their donation, children and staff from Kids4Kids were given a tour of the ship with displays from the Naval Boarding Party, Ship’s Dive Team, and the Damage Control Organization.