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Sidoo Family Giving Collaborates with World Vision Project RUDI

David and Sidoo Family Giving is proud to collaborate with Nav Bhatia, Toronto Raptors superfan, in funding the World Vision project “RUDI” (Rise up Daughters of India). The project has worked to install sanitisation systems in the Punjab village schools in India so that hundreds of female students have restroom facilities at learning institutions, vastly improving conditions around gender-equal access to education in communities. 

Without separate washrooms, female students in rural India have limited options. Some are forced to use a nearby field, risking their safety, health and dignity. Most girls decide to stop going to school rather than endanger themselves.

I have witnessed first-hand the bias against our daughters in India. By simply improving school facilities for girls, we are showing everyone that a girl’s education is important. This is the importance of Rise Up Daughters of India.

~Nav Bhatia, Toronto Raptors Superfan,
World Vision Ambassador

New Westminster Secondary School Breakfast Club Program

Through the Breakfast Club of BC Foundation, Dylan and Jordan Sidoo are proud to support the New Westminster Secondary School Breakfast Club Program. Across Canada, it is estimated that one in four children don’t eat a proper breakfast.

The Breakfast Club programs provide a chance for students to connect with their peers, their teachers, the principal, it’s a place where if parents have to go to work early, and there’s not a place for them to go and no one to help them make breakfast, it’s a safe warm place parents can bring their kids to in the morning.

We encourage others to help with there local Breakfast Club Programs across Canada by visiting https://www.breakfastclubcanada.org

COVID-19 Emergency Program Update

To deal with the COVID-19 outbreak and address the needs of Vancouver’s most vulnerable. Sidoo Family Giving recently provided sanitizers and masks to residents of Oppenheimer Park. In order to prevent the threat we need to unite and protect our most vulnerable communities. “The situation is serious, and it is urgent. In a neighborhood where space, food, supplies, and everything is shared, if we have one infection, it could decimate this entire community,” DTES SRO Collaborative Society’s Wendy Pedersen says.

We encourage others to help where they can including supporting the Downtown East Side Response Group.

COVID-19 Emergency Program

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Sidoo Family Giving has started working with non-profits to provide hand sanitizers and masks to low-income women and children, vulnerable seniors, and others in need in our community. 

The foundation has now worked with four programs in Vancouver run by non-profits like Whole Way House, 10th Avenue Church, and Sikh Temples in both Richmond and Vancouver. This initiative will deliver hundreds of masks and sanitizers to families and seniors impacted by the pandemic. 

We also wanted to share with our supporters a few preventative tips to help stop the spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19.

Public health resources for your staff, family, and community
BC Centre for Diesese Control
Practical Advice from the World Health Organization

Mental health resources for your staff, family, and community
Canadian Mental Health Association
KidsHelp Phone
Assaulted Women’s Help Line

East End Boys Club 54th Annual Leadership Breakfast

Wonderful event with the East End Boys Club at the 54th Annual Leadership Breakfast. Supporting the great work of Jimmy Crescenzo. Amazing leaders of today and future leaders of tomorrow!

The East End Boys Club society works with marginalized youth between the ages of 13 – 25. Our goal is to not only provide life-skills training but to also provide socio-emotional support, in school and post secondary guidance and the opportunities to pursue higher education in both academic and trades skills training. 

World Housing House Party, Change the Rules for Girls’ inaugural Fundraising Event

The first benefit for World Housing House Party, Change the Rules for Girls’ initiative raised almost $500,000 for a Cambodian housing project. Jordan, David and Manjy Sidoo were there to help raise funds and support this cause.

Read more in BC Business Magazine: https://www.bcbusiness.ca/World-Housing-House-Party—Change-the-Rules-for-Girls-2020

Jordan Sidoo and Dylan Sidoo Present $10,000 Donation to Breakfast Program

Jordan Sidoo, Dylan Sidoo

On December, 22, 2018, Jordan Sidoo and Dylan Sidoo presented Gladstone Secondary with a $10,000 donation to get the school’s breakfast program up and running.

Read the complete details in the Vancouver Sun.

Jordan Sidoo Raises $6500 for Breakfast Club Program

Jordan SidooIn late 2013, while Jordan Sidoo was still attending St George’s School in Vancouver, he started an online fundraising program selling pen-and-pencil sets to raise money to support the Breakfast Club program at Queen Alexandra elementary school. Although Jordan relocated to California to attend University of California, Berkeley, this year, he continued to run the fundraising program online and on December 11, 2014 attended the school to hand-deliver a cheque for $6500.

The Sidoo family has been supporting The Vancouver Sun Children’s Fun Adopt-A-School program for two years and Jordan has been actively involved along with his parents David and Manjy.

Jordan says he had a privileged life, so helping pay for breakfast for needy children “is the least I can do.”

“There’s no reason why other (privileged) people shouldn’t be getting involved. I know there are lots of people who could do this but it doesn’t seem to cross their minds.”

“Maybe if we can get the word out, it will inspire others.”

To help Jordan fundraise to support the Breakfast Club program, visit breakfast-club.ca and to support The Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund Adopt-A-School program, visit vansunkidsfund.ca.

Read more about Jordan’s cheque presentation at Quee Alexandra elementary here.

 

 

David Sidoo Receives Two Awards for Contributions to Athletics

David Sidoo

Goldie Dhillon – Director – Team Punjabi/Executive Director – Prime Televsion, David Sidoo and Kulwinder (Kal) Dosanjh – VPD Detective.

David Sidoo, a highly decorated athlete in university and professional football, has never forgotten his roots and is extremely dedicated to promoting youth in sport within his community in Vancouver, BC and the surrounding area.

Recently David was recognized by two different organizations for his contributions to athletics.

Goldie Dhillon, Director of Team Punjabi and Executive Director of Prime Television awarded David the Sports Life Time Achievment Award on behalf of the Kidsplay Foundation for his contribution to the sport of football as a South East Asian. David had a memorable 5-year career with the UBC Thunderbirds, including captaining the team to its 1982 Vanier Cup victory. He went on to be the first Indo-Canadian to play in the CFL and spent five years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and one year with the BC Lions.

Kids Play is a non profit organization working towards keeping kids away from the lifestyle of drugs, gangs, and violence. Kids Play holds sports tournaments, conferences, and other projects for the youth community to learn about the opportunities they can seize within life. The organization is operated by leaders from all across the Lower Mainland wanting to bring a positive change within the community. Kids Play believes their work will allow the youth to discover the potential they have within themselves to reach greater heights in any aspect of life.

For more information about Kids Play visit www.kidsplayfoundation.com

Kulwinder (Kal) Dosanjh – VPD Detective and Councillor Candidate for the City of Surrey, BC – was on hand to present David with the Vancouver Police Athletic League Youth Soccer Tournament Sponsor Recognition Trophy. Each year the Vancouver Police Athletic League (PAL) organizes a soccer tournament for children attending elementary schools in the Downtown Eastside and East Vancouver. In 2015 close to 1000 children participated. These events wouldn’t be possible without the support of many sponsors and community partners, including David Sidoo.

The Vancouver Police Athletic League (PAL) is a youth crime prevention initiative that uses athletic, recreational and educational programs as a tool to foster positive rapport and mutual trust between police officers and youth.

The objectives of PAL are:

  • to provide a safe and supervised environment for kids, giving them an opportunity to work with police officers, who serve as positive role models
  • to introduce after-school activities that are coordinated, coached and taught to local youths by police officers
  • to promote integrity, respect, fairness and the development of a positive self-image.
  • to assist and encourage youths to become involved in community sports and activities
  • to enhance self-esteem and motivation
  • to promote the learning of successful interpersonal and other skills that help prevent youth crime

For more information about the Vancouver Police Athletic League (PAL) visit vancouver.ca/police/community-policing/youth-outreach/police-athletic-league.html

 

Jordan Sidoo Presents $3000 to New Westminster Secondary School Breakfast Club Program

Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 7.16.04 PMJordan Sidoo has developed a passion to create awareness for and change in the lives of the thousands of children in British Columbia who go to school hungry each morning. Jordan believes very strongly that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and especially so for school age children whose classroom studies demand clarity and focus for several hours each day.

For more than a year Jordan has been working hard to raise money and awareness for the breakfast club programs operating in schools throughout the lower mainland. Last year he created a website, breakfast-club.ca, as a means to create awareness and raise money by selling pen and pencil sets online. Since Christmas 2013, Jordan has raised $8700 via the website alone, and every dollar is going to support breakfast clubs in the lower mainland.

On April 9, 2014, Jordan presented a cheque for $3000 to the New Westminster Secondary School Breakfast Club program. NWSS is the alma mater of Jordan’s father, David Sidoo, and his uncle, Paul. The donated funds will provide 3000 breakfasts to NWSS students over the course of one year.

The impact of this is not lost on Jordan, who feels very blessed with his family, friends and lot in life. According to Jordan’s father, David, “President Clinton would say, ‘To those whom much has been given much is expected.’ Although Jordan has had his share of adversity he learns from the down times, works hard and gives back.”

Simply put, if Jordan can help one child to have a better life, it’s all worth it.