As a teacher, I have seen many children come through who have been a part of the foster care system. Some of them may have benefitted from a facility like Pan Am Place, outlined below. Providing people support when they are accustomed to having none is paramount to helping them gain confidence and the skills they need to build a better future. Please help support this notable cause, or better yet, come and see me box at the event! Also, if you know of any corporate sponsors that might be interested in getting involved, please let me know.
The 2018 event will be held at the RBC Convention Centre on the 28th of April and will feature:
- 10 novice boxing matches
- Casino gaming
- Silent auction
This year the Fight for charity is in support of Pan Am Place.
Pan Am Place offers a transitional housing program for at-risk youth aged 18-29 who are experiencing, or at-risk of, homelessness. The program offers a supportive environment where youth learn about responsibility, community and discipline. Residents have more in common than just a troubled past, they share a desire to make lasting, positive change in their lives, and Pan Am Place helps them do it.
Many people living on the streets of Winnipeg first experienced homelessness as young adults. Some of them were raised around family conflict, in a group home environment, or in the foster care system. Others have spent time in jail, have suffered debilitating injuries, or struggle with mental health issues, but they all come from an unstable environment, and often haven’t been taught the social skills required for independent living. By helping, supporting, and providing housing to young people that need direction and assistance, we can break the cycle of homelessness before it takes hold of their lives.
Residents typically come from:
- Aging out of Child Family Services
- Federal, provincial or youth jail
- Homeless shelters
- Living on the street
- Escaping an unhealthy home
- Looking to move to the city from the reserve (often due to unhealthy home life)
I have a target of $2,000 personally for the event, so please donate and help me achieve this target.