After hearing a presentation by I Can for Kids two years ago, Hendrik Kraay knew he had to take action. As president of Rotary Club of Calgary Olympic, Kraay saw that I Can for Kids “checks off all of the boxes” for the organization, adding that they are happy to be involved. “Rotary’s purpose is to work to make the world a better place, and this starts at home, in our community, where we want to work with like-minded organizations to make change,” explains Kraay.
“I Can for Kids has done great work in identifying a need and in mobilizing Calgarians to alleviate childhood hunger in the summer.” The Rotary Club of Calgary Olympic likes to focus on youth-related projects, explains Kraay. “I Can for Kids is a great organization that does excellent and (sadly) very necessary work,” says Kraay, “And, better yet, working with IC4K is a lot of fun.” Not only does the Rotary Club of Calgary Olympic raise funds to help feed hungry children in Calgary during the summer, but member’s also volunteer their time in the warehouse packing food packs.
While Rotary Club of Calgary Olympic has only 25 members, they are quite active in their community. In addition to gifting a large donation to I Can for Kids and volunteering at the warehouse, this year, they have outfitted some Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary with iPads, and are raising funds for CNIB to provide a Snoozlin Room, a multi-sensory environment for children with visual and other sensory impairments to safely explore and learn about the world around them, among numerous other initiatives. “This is what Rotarians do—it’s in our DNA,” says Kraay.
As far as being involved in I Can for Kids, Kraay explains, “children not going hungry is such an important, basic thing—it speaks for itself.”
To learn more about Rotary Club of Calgary Olympic and how they are making a difference in their community, please visit www.rotaryolympic.org.
Thank you Rotary Club of Calgary Olympic for your continued support in helping us feed children and youth in Calgary this summer! Your contribution will make a huge difference in our community and in the lives of those we serve.