Alongside getting Vancouverites immersed into what will likely be another incredible playoffs, a big reason behind VcB launching the Hockey Greats Charity Pool is to raise awareness and encourage fundraising towards an incredible foundation created by four-time Stanley Cup winner, Bob Bourne.
The Bob Bourne Family and Friends Foundation is a charity born from the success of the NHL Hockey Greats Fantasy Camp. Over the past four years, they’ve been able to raise enough money to give valuable contributions to research on both cancer, and spinal cord disabilities.
Bob’s son Jeff was born with Spina Bifida, Scholiosis, and Hydracefalus, none of which have slowed him down. Jeff is a wheelchair athlete, competing in sledge hockey, basketball, events in the BC games and anything else that comes his way.
The Foundation looks to improve the lifestyle of young adults within the community by donating its charitable donations to such local organizations as: KDSCL, which is an organization that strives to improve the accommodations, transportation, and education for those with special needs. The Foundation is also looking to support Kelowna Regional handyDART, which is a local transportation service for persons who have disability that is sufficiently severe that the person is unable to use conventional transit service without assistance.
This year, the foundation will use donations to improve local low-income housing where those with physical and mental challenges reside. Many of these homes require upgrades so as to facilitate the needs of these young adults.