Vancouver, British Columbia's First ever GIVING CIRCLE

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We are pleased to announce the launch of the first ever Giving Circle in British Columbia with an evening of celebration and entertainment featuring Gina Lily, an upcoming local BC singer/songwriter.

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When I heard my colleague was starting an organization that was dedicated to raising awareness and encouraging community engagement in the giving process, I signed on. There is enormous value in helping others whenever we can, and I am grateful for the opportunity to share this activity with my family and my friends in the business.

Members of the Citizens Care Giving Circle Foundation are proud to announce the launch of their new charitable organization. Established to provide financial support to local community members in times of need, engage others in the spirit of generosity and donate every dollar contributed, Citizens Care is an example of a "giving circle" which is gaining in popularity in the world of philanthropy.

Board Treasurer Ted Caine and his wife Lois are committed supporters of the giving circle concept and were motivated to create one in the Lower Mainland.

"My wife and I read about giving circles and wanted to join one, but we couldn't find one anywhere in Canada. So, instead of waiting for one to get started by someone else, we decided to create one, ourselves! We had no idea it would spark such great interest among friends and colleagues, including people we didn't know."

Citizens Care is in its first year of operation but word of its existence has generated interest among local residents and business people, all expressing a desire to give their time and financial resources to help build a stronger community aimed at giving others a helping hand. Individuals like Paul Zen of East West Alum Craft Ltd., who is both a Burnaby resident and business person, jumped at the chance to be a part of the giving circle at its inception.

"When I heard my colleague was starting an organization that was dedicated to raising awareness and encouraging community engagement in the giving process, I signed on. There is enormous value in helping others whenever we can, and I am grateful for the opportunity to share this activity with my family and my friends in the business."

To learn more about the giving circle, how to get involved or to access the services of Citizens Care, attend the launch at the Confederation Centre, 4585 Albert Street, Burnaby, BC, on Wednesday, September 30 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Live entertainment by Gina Lily and friends, local BC singers/musicians, appetizers and deserts will be served. A 20 minute presentation about our giving circle will be made.There will be a cash bar available.

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