FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 27, 2022
WHITEHORSE, YUKON – Victoria Gold Corp. (“VGCX”) hosted its annual charity gala on October 22 and successfully raised $90,000 for Every Student, Every Day (“ESED”), a charitable initiative of the Victoria Gold Yukon Student Encouragement Society (the “Society”), to support projects designed to curb the high rates of school absenteeism and to increase Yukon student attendance and engagement.
“This is a milestone year for our charity, as we celebrate our 10th anniversary and with this fundraiser we are well on our way to our goal of having $400,000 available to fund projects with Yukon schools, school councils, other community groups working with students and First Nations governments. Thanks to the generosity and commitment of our donors and community partners, we’re excited what the next decade will bring, as we work together to support increased student attendance in the Yukon. I wish to express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to our partners and supporters who joined us for this annual event,” said Tara Christie, President of Victoria Gold Yukon Student Encouragement Society. “The funds raised will allow us to continue to connect with the communities to support their projects to increase student attendance.”
“Once again, we are overwhelmed by the generosity of the Yukon community in supporting the Every Student Every Day charity. We are pleased that Yukon Government has also increased their funding commitment from $50,000 to $70,000 for the 2023 school year. These dollars will make a big difference to support attendance programs for Yukon’s children and youth,” John McConnell, President and Chief Executive Officer at Victoria Gold Corp.
Held at Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre in Whitehorse, the event welcomed 200 guests with the support of 60 event sponsors and numerous employee volunteers.
Special highlights of this year’s annual gala were the silent and live auctions, “Live from the Red Carpet” hosted by Leneath Yanson, Best Dressed Awards for “Northern Lights” theme, and live music from Famous Players Band.
Every Student, Every Day is committed to giving back to children and youth in Yukon communities through various programs and partnerships. Since 2012 it has:
- Donated more than $1.5 million towards projects focused on helping address student attendance challenges.
- For the 2022-2023 school year, 22 projects received a total of $300,000.
- The 2023-2024 school year is expected to have record amount of funding available and will be announced early December 2023.
- Supported more than 180 projects designed to help assist Yukon schools and communities with initiatives to remove barriers and encourage increased engagement and a greater sense of belonging at school.
- Contributed towards helping increase graduation rates in the Yukon.
ABOUT EVERY STUDENT, EVERY DAY
Every Student, Every Day is an initiative of Victoria Gold Corp.’s registered, not-for-profit charity, the Victoria Gold Yukon Student Encouragement Society (the “Society”). The Society was established in 2012 to increase awareness about student attendance challenges in the Yukon and raise funds that individual schools and communities can apply for to develop and undertake innovative and local solutions that support student success. A committee of Department of Education staff and Society representatives select successful projects to receive funding for each school year. The Society is supported through annual fundraising events and donations from individual and corporate donors from around the world. The next fundraising events will be held on: Golf Tournament on July 15, 2023 and Annual Gala on September 23, 2023.
To learn more about Every Student, Every Day, please visit www.everystudenteveryday.ca or find the charity on Facebook at www.facebook.com/everystudenteveryday/.
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Victoria Gold Yukon Student Encouragement Society
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