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Surrey Firefighters Donate $10,000 to Support Girls’ Empowerment

Firefighter with woman and child, all holding a large cheque for ten thousand dollars

August 9, 2016

Surrey Firefighters Donate $10,000 to Support Girls’ Empowerment

For immediate release: August 9, 2016

Surrey, BC – The Surrey Firefighters’ Charitable Society has donated $10,000 in support of the ‘Girls’ Empowerment Program’ which supports participation in recreation, and healthy social activities for girls in grades 8-10 and provides them with positive adult role models.

“On behalf of Council, I would like to thank the Surrey Firefighters’ Charitable Society for their continued investment and commitment to our community’s youth,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “Providing opportunities for our young people to engage in positive social and recreational activities is an essential component to ensuring their healthy development, and therefore is essential to a healthy city.”

Now in its seventh year, the Girls’ Empowerment Program engages girls in activities including cooking, fitness, nature activities, self-empowerment speakers, financial planning, and arts and crafts. The program is run as a partnership among Surrey Schools, City of Surrey and the Surrey Firefighters' Charitable Association, and has expanded from its original Kwantlen Park Secondary location to also include Johnson Heights Secondary, Fraser Heights Secondary, and North Surrey Secondary.

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Photo caption: Nancy Smith from the Surrey School District gratefully accepts the $10,000 donation from Surrey Firefighter, Matthew Johnston.

For more information contact:

Daljit Gill-Badesha
Manager, Healthy Communities & Children-Youth Manager
DGill-Badesha@surrey.ca
(604) 502-6352