BENEFITING: THE JOHN VOLKEN FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Oct 25, 2015
Hello friends and family!
As most of you know by now, I am running my first half marathon this Sunday (YAY!). I decided to help fundraise for an amazing foundation that helps teens and young adults with drug and alcohol addictions, and it's called the John Volken Academy. This foundation is different than many other government-run rehabilitation clinics in that it supports the addicted person before, during AND after treatment, whereas the government doesn't usually follow up after the graduate has finished the required treatment program. That's when the most help and support is needed - when the teen or young adult needs to readjust to regular, everyday life without the "crutch" of using drugs or alcohol.
When the spokespeople from John Volken talked at my running club a while back, it really touched my heart to hear the personal story of a young man who almost lost his life to drugs, but managed to get back on track and is now enjoying a healthy and happy life, thanks to the John Volken Academy. Though I can't say I've experienced this sort of tragedy personally, I can only imagine how difficult it would be; not only for the person affected but also their family. Since having Kaelan, I have become a regular donator to many different organizations as I can now personally relate to many different causes that may one day help my son. I hope to never have to use this foundation personally, but I am glad to know that there is an amazingly supportive foundation like the John Volken Academy that helps teens and young adults with their drug and alcohol addictions.
I humbly ask that you help the John Volken Academy and also support my running efforts, by personally donating to this wonderful and much-needed cause. Any amount will be more than appreciated! :) And any donation over $20 will be issued a tax receipt, just make sure you include your address so they can mail it to you.
** Please note that this fundraising website is in USD funds, so please take that into account when you make your donation. Your credit card will be charged USD but the tax receipt issued will be in the CDN equivalent. **
** When confirming your donation, there will be an additional line beneath your donation amount that automatically adds on an "Optional Processing Fee" of 10%. You can change this by clicking on the Edit link and then you can choose 0% or any other percentage you wish. **
Thank you in advance, for all your support, both emotionally and financially, to myself and for this cause! The deadline for donations is this Thursday, Oct. 22nd!
P.S. You can read more about this foundation below!
John Volken Foundation
The John Volken Foundation was established in 2001 by United Furniture Warehouse owner John Volken. In 2004, John sold United Furniture Warehouse and transferred virtually all of his assents in the foundation and devoted his efforts full-time to the Foundation’s charitable programs Lift the Children and the John Volken Academy. John’s humanitarian endeavors reach 7 countries. In 2014, John was honored with the Dalai Lama Humanitarian Award for Changing Lives.
John Volken Academy
The John Volken Academy is a long-term residential drug and alcohol treatment center for young men and women aged 18-34 that goes far beyond other treatment centers. Our residents overcome their addictions, as well as further their education, receive extensive career training, and gain all the tools they need for a happy and successful life of sobriety. There are currently three academies in Vancouver, Canada, Phoenix, Arizona and Seattle, Washington. The program’s affordability is at the heart of its purpose. Other than a relatively small one-time admittance fee, the entire costs of the 2-year+ program is paid for by the John Volken Foundation. This includes the students’ housing, food, job training, education, counseling, and more. Our mission is to be a world leader in providing the most effective and most affordable addiction recovery treatment teaching relevant life and job skills, instilling in each of our students the desire to always be the best that they can be for themselves, for their families, and for their community. Visit www.volken.org for more inforamatoin about the John Volken Academy.
Lift The Children
Lift The Children is a non-profit organization dedicated to seeking out the world’s most destitute children and providing them with the necessities, training, and inspiration they need to develop, grow and become self-sufficient. We work in some of the poorest slums in the world to provide aide directly to orphanages caring for their children. 100% of all donations go directly to the orphanages as the John Volken Foundation covers all administrative expenses. Lift The Children is inclusive of all faiths, cultures and nationalities and is committed to feeding, educating and lifting children out of poverty. We are helping support over 10,000 children in more than 80 orphanages.
Lift the Children also implements long-term self-sustainability programs with the goal of educating the poor out of poverty by teaching generations how to increase food production. The backbone of this strategy is based on the agricultural science of permaculture, which mimics natural eco systems to produce more food using fewer resources. Learn more by visiting www.liftthechildren.org.
100% of all funds raised by Team Volken will directly support the John Volken Academy and Lift the Children.
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