Blankfest Vancouver isproud to announce its third annual clothing / fund raising event on November 8th at the Railway Club in support of the city’s homeless with proceeds going to aid the Covenant House, the non-profit shelter that helps the cities street youth from age 16-24 who have fled physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse, along with those who have been forced from their homes or those who have aged out of foster care. Over the last three years, the music charity event has created awareness and collected nearly $2,000 and over 250 blankets / winter clothing items for Vancouver’s homeless.
SIN Agency and Blankfest-Vancouver organizer Leanne Harrison comments:
“This is our third year working with Covenant House Vancouver and we are very proud to be an advocate of their initiatives and programs. Vancouver has come out in full force in the past 2 years so we are really hoping for the same this year.”
Covenant House, founded in 1997 is a non-profit organization that offers a clear exit from life on the street to youth aged 16 – 24. They make this possible through a carefully designed Continuum of Care including a daily drop-in, a 54 bed crisis shelter, transitional housing, relapse prevention and life-skills training.
“Blank-Fest provides significant support to the homeless youth Covenant House serves. We’re looking forward to the third Vancouver Blank-Fest; the generosity of the Blank-Fest team, participating bands and patrons helps Covenant change the lives of over 1,400 young people a year”. – Mark Savard, Development Officer – Community Giving (Covenant House Vancouver)
This year’s event will see local Vancouver bands and artists come together performing to raise awareness, funds and clothing for the city’s homeless.
As the event slogan goes, ‘It’s About The Homeless, Nothing More, Nothing Less.’.
Blankfest Vancouver is just one of many events across North America inspired by founder Kenn Rowell, who has been organizing Blankfest in New York City since 1997 and has encouraged others to hold Blankfests in various parts of the USA, Canada (Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary) and Europe to help the homeless with the support from their music communities