Thank you for your support of our organization in preventing the sexual exploitation of children and youth. I’m writing to introduce you to our upcoming event in celebration of the 15th Annual Provincial Stop the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth Awareness Week.
Children of the Street Society is a Provincial Society and Federal Charity founded in 1995. Our mission is to take a proactive approach through public awareness, education and early intervention strategies to prevent the sexual exploitation of children and youth, while offering support to families. Our vision is a world where children and youth are safe and free from all forms of sexual exploitation. Over the past 2011/2012 year, we delivered 542 workshops to 22,546 children and youth across British Columbia. On average, we also support 70-80 families in the Lower Mainland with a child who is at risk of or is sexually exploited.
As the leading organization on the issue of sexual exploitation for over 17 years, we continue to move forward by building and strengthening relationships with stakeholders that are working towards providing a safe environment for children and youth within the BC community. Since this issue often involves the role of many community stakeholders, partnerships are critical in order to prevent sexual exploitation among our children and youth.
Due to the advancement and accessibility of technology, children and youth in British Columbia are at risk of sexual exploitation now, more than ever before. In fact, research shows that 1 in 5 youth aged 10-17 years have been solicited sexually online and 75% of them did not tell a parent. Child pornography offences in Canada have increased by 900% over the past 5 years, while Canada remains second in the world to hosting child sexual abuse images online, next to the United States.
Children of the Street Society feels that our work together can make a difference in children’s lives and as such, I would like to cordially invite you to our Annual Celebration of Success and Fundraiser to learn more about our organization as well as new partnership opportunities. The event details are as follows:
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
At Hycroft Manor in Vancouver, British Columbia
There will also be a silent auction with great prizes including hotel stays, retail gift certificates, personal training classes and much more! New this year, we will also be hosting a grand prize raffle draw for two return tickets anywhere in WestJet’s world, courtesy of WestJet!
This event will take place during the Provincial Stop the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth Awareness Week which takes place from March 11th to March 17th, 2013. The evening will consist of appetizers, refreshments and critical conversation around the issue of the sexual exploitation of children and youth. The event is led by our Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Bill Good from CKNW as well as our keynote speaker, Daphne Bramham from The Vancouver Sun. Together, we hope this discussion will inspire a sense of responsibility and commitment towards the prevention of sexual exploitation of children and youth, and provide an opportunity for you to learn about our work.
Attached, please find your invitation to the event. If you cannot attend, we encourage you to pass the invitation along to a representative from your organization that could attend on your behalf. This will be a great opportunity to network with others who are like-minded in improving the social, emotional and physical well-being of children and youth.
Please RSVP no later than March 4, 2013 to me at 604-777-7510 x 105 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you that evening.
chrysabelle choe fund development coordinator
Children of the Street Society
208 – 1130 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam, BC Canada V3K 3P5
Transform a Life. Stop sexual exploitation of youth.