The Frank J. Flaman Foundation makes a $25,000 donation to support the development of the Child Advocacy Centre (C.A.C.) of Kelowna.
The C.A.C. will be a child friendly Centre of Excellence that will provide a collaborative response to child abuse in the community. The centre will improve access, efficiency and effectiveness of care. The centre will create a safe space for children and their families and help to prevent future child abuse through support and community education.
The cheque for $25,000 was presented to the Kelowna Foundation at the recent ribbon cutting ceremony, celebrating the beginning of construction on this much anticipated project. This donation was made to the capital campaign and will be directed towards outfitting core facilities in the centre that will benefit both the children and the employees.
The C.A.C. is a project of the Kelowna Foundation for Hope & Social Innovation (K.F.) who is spear-heading the $3 million capital campaign, to be followed by a $3 million-dollar campaign to support operations over the first four years. “Flaman’s donation is incredibly powerful,” said board chair, Dr. Rick Oliver.
“We are so grateful to be able to call them supporters of this project.”
“When we heard about this centre, we knew we wanted to be involved,” said Rocky Amson, the Flaman Foundation’s chair. “The commitment they have to building a safe place for these children and a healthy working environment for the people dedicated to doing this work really resonates for us. We are very pleased to be able to support this community initiative.”
“At is core the C.A.C. is a community project,” said K.F. executive director, Ginny Becker. “The generosity of organizations like the Flaman Foundation are key to getting this Centre built. We are so grateful.”
For more information about the the Child Advocacy Centre of Kelowna project, visit www.CACkelowna.com
Frank Flaman gave away $170,000 to 16 charities Friday night at his annual foundation gala before announcing he planned to donate $1.5 million this year to help the sick and vulnerable at home and overseas.
“If someone fell over outside my door, I would help them,” said the former farm boy from Southey, Sask. “By the same token, if there is someone in the world with health problems and lacking basic medical care or hasn’t the basic necessities of life, we should help them.”
Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs is the beneficiary of a $25,000 donation of physical recreation and health equipment from Flaman Fitness through the Frank Flaman Foundation.
The donation benefits four Boys and Girls Clubs in the Central Okanagan: Martin Avenue Community Centre, Downtown Youth Centre, Westside Youth Centre and Webber Road Community Centre.
Physical activity, health and safety are among the core programming areas in which the clubs focus and the donation will benefit all club members. Many youth who come to the downtown centre are experiencing high levels of stress and poor physical health.
The fitness programming and equipment made possible by this donation helps to ease their stress, increases the ability to cope and helps build healthy and strong bodies. According to Dodie Lane, a youth at the centre, “The new massage chair feels awesome. Like a real massage on my back and helps me feel comfortable, and I feel more relaxed. I like to show other people how to use it and then let them just sit back and try it.”
The Frank Flaman Foundation has donated $50,000 to E4C’s School Lunch Program, which provides hot lunches in Edmonton’s inner city schools.
The program supplies nearly 2,300 lunches to students each day and ensures children get a third of their daily nutritional requirements. It costs $20 to feed one child for one week. Families are asked to contribute whatever they can through an anonymous double-envelope system but children receive a meal regardless of payment.
This annual event is the main fundraiser for the Frank Flaman Foundation, the charity created by Flaman Group of Company’s founder and owner Frank. The Foundation is funded by Frank’s share of the profits from the Flaman Group, and by private donations. Along with being a savvy businessman, Frank has always been a respected philanthropist, and his foundation gives millions of dollars to local and international charities each year.
One year after a devastating earthquake struck the capital of Haiti, Frank Flaman has once again generously given half a million dollars to support the relief effort.
In a simple presentation on Jan. 12 at Flaman Sales in Nisku, Flaman donated $250,000 to the Salvation Army and $250,000 to Oxfam. These funds are in addition to the $500,000 he donated to the same charities shortly after the earthquake hit in 2010 through the Frank Flaman Foundation.