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1Karma: A Day at the Races 2013

Ladies, break out those fascinators and gentlemen, ascot ties will put you on the A-List.

The time has come for you to show off your derby duds for an afternoon of food, fun and philanthropy. Riaz Meghji and Jason Sarai, co-founders of 1Karma, invite you to the 2nd annual ‘A Day at the Races’ event at the Hastings Racecourse on Saturday August 10, 2013. This year they are raising funds for Covenant House Vancouver.

Tickets are now available online for $100 each. This year, there will be a tax receipt of approximately $50 per ticket courtesy of Covenant House that will be emailed to buyers a week after the event. Your ticket includes a three course lunch buffet and access to our exclusive patio setup at the Hastings Racecourse. 

We would love to see you there, so buy your tickets early so we can ensure you are on our list.

1Karma: ‘A Day at the Races 2013’

When:           Saturday August 10, 2013 – 1pm to 5pm

Where:            Patios at Hastings Racecourse – Enter PNE Gate 6 or 9

Cause:             Raising funds for Covenant House (

Cost:              $100 per ticket (approximately $50 tax receipt courtesy of Covenant House Vancouver)

                           *Includes three course lunch buffet/exclusive patio access*

Please Note:

*          Dress code: Traditional Racing Attire (ie. Belmont Stakes with your twist)

*          Drinks are an additional cost - Wine, Beer and Coolers will be available

1karma a day at the races

Coast Capital Savings – Helping Us to Help Our Youth

We were recently fortunate to receive a generous $7,500 gift from Coast Capital Savings for our Crisis Shelter. This gift will allow us to continue to provide the services of our Crisis Shelter to the over 500 homeless young people who will come through our doors this year. No matter what their needs are, we will provide them with the programs and counseling that they need to transition off of the streets.

The goal of Coast Capital Savings is to help build a richer future for youth in their communities by supporting four key areas: Financial, Education, Family & Social Connections, and Health. Since 2006, Coast Capital Savings has contributed over $33 million to the communities where they work and live.

Thank you to everyone at Coast Capital Savings for being there for our young people!

New board games for our young people

Shelter volunteer Dan Barak collected 11 new board games for us.  He noticed that many of our board games were missing pieces and since this is his favourite activity to do with the youth, he took it upon himself to go find new ones. He says that playing games is a great way for him to connect and chat with the shelter youth. Below is a note from Dan about his volunteer experience with Covenant House Vancouver.

“A friend told me about Covenant House Vancouver, the more I learned about the work CHV does, the more I felt it was important for me to contribute there. After completing training with Amanda, CHV’s volunteer coordinator, I began volunteering as a Shelter Assistant, interacting with the youth every week.

So far it has been a humbling experience. I’ve discovered wonderful individuals who face very difficult situations in life. We talk, watch TV, and play board games together. I’ve gradually bonded with the youth; I’ve also learned a lot about what it means to be a street youth.” – Dan

volunteer dan with board games
Our thanks to Dan!

Tim beamed with pride

I was on my way to work, and as I was crossing the street, I saw one of our past Crisis Shelter youth waving at me. It was Tim. He and I had worked together when he stayed in Shelter and I had maintained connected with him ever since.

As he greeted me, he removed his headphones from his ears, his music still blaring, and told me that he was waiting to start work in two hours and was bored. We stood there for about 20 minutes catching up. He told me how he was doing really well … working fulltime at a butchers shop and was in a relationship with a girl who he loved. He was proud to tell me that he had not been using drugs, partying or drinking and felt really good about his life. 

I asked him what was it that led him to making changes. He looked at me and went on to share that he finally realized that he wanted more for his life and that the days of doing nothing were over. Tim looked better than I had ever seen him. He had put on some weight, was dressed well and had a positive attitude, something that at one point in his life was very rare. As he spoke I couldn’t help but listen to him and think how grown up he sounded and how he had changed so much since his time in Shelter.

Tim eventually walked the block with me to work as he was popping by the Shelter to say hi. When he came into the Shelter a few of the staff who also knew Tim, took note of his demeanour and shared their thoughts with him... he beamed with pride.  Tim stayed for a short while before leaving to grab a coffee before work. When he left I reflected on how he had figured it out, in his own way, but had figured it out and that’s what was important!

young man wearing headphones