New Leaf Clubhouse members have transformed their old clunker of a van into a festive fundraiser on wheels
New Leaf Clubhouse is currently raising money to replace the 17-year-old vehicle that transports members living with mental health issues to community outings such as the Greater Vancouver Zoo, Burnaby Village Museum, Dr. Sun Yet Sun Gardens, as well as to their baseball and floor hockey games against other clubhouses. Fraserside Community Services employees also rely on the van to pick up supplies and groceries for programs.
New Leaf employees came up with the idea of decorating the van, as a fun activity for members to take part in and to raise awareness about the fundraiser.
“This van provides a valuable connection for those living with mental illness to the greater community,” Fraserside CEO Lynda Edmonds said in a press release. “Our members do not have the means to participate in these activities without the Clubhouse. We have to replace this van so we can continue to help people experience meaningful community belonging.”
While it looks festive, Fraserside reports that the aging 15-seat van is on its last legs and needs to be replaced as soon as possible. Fraserside has raised half of the $70,000 needed to replace the van and is hopes to raise enough money for a replacement by mid-January.
Donations toward the van can be made online at www.fraserside.bc.ca/donate or can be mailed to #330-550 Sixth St., New Westminster, BC V3L 3B7.
For the past 14 years, the New Leaf Clubhouse in New Westminster has been supporting adults who live with chronic mental health issues. It provides rehabilitation programs in personal wellness, employment, life skills, counselling and recreation, as well as operating a food bank.