Whitecaps selling frontline heroes artwork to raise money for the Food Bank

May 1 2020, 7:00 am

On the heels of their wildly successful campaign to sell face masks to support the Vancouver Aquarium, a campaign that has already generated more than $1 million, the Vancouver Whitecaps have introduced a new initiative to help the community.

This time the Whitecaps have joined forces with internationally recognized local artist Carson Ting, in support of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Ting has created a work of art commemorating Vancouver’s 7 pm ovation for frontline heroes, with 100% of proceeds from every print sold going to help feed those in need.

“I’m deeply inspired by our city’s collective energy, unity and positivity,” said Ting. “Before this project, I was thinking of ways that my skill-set could be used to support our courageous frontline workers during these difficult times. When I got the call from Whitecaps FC about this initiative, I was all in.”

The print is called “It Takes a Village,” and features the likes of BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and sign-language interpreter Nigel Howard. BC celebrities Ryan Reynolds, Seth Rogen, and Steve Nash can also be spotted in the artwork.

“We couldn’t be prouder of Carson and all of the partners who have donated so much of their time and resources to this incredible project,” added Whitecaps FC CEO Mark Pannes. “He has so perfectly captured the gratitude our community expresses every night, and we think it’s only fitting to support the recent donation by the BC Nurses’ Union and commit the proceeds of this artwork to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.”

Each of the 18” x 24” art pieces can be purchased through the Whitecaps’ website for a minimum of $30.

“Nurses and frontline workers have felt the love throughout this pandemic,” says BC Nurses’ Union president Christine Sorensen, who also supports the fundraising initiative. “BC nurses recently made a $10,000 donation to the BC Nurses’ Union Fund for Food Banks BC, which assists food banks across the province. We are very pleased that Vancouver Whitecaps FC are joining our effort. We recognize that it takes a village to support the greater need of all our communities.”

“We are truly grateful to be included in this artistic tribute to COVID-19 frontline heroes,” said Greater Vancouver Food Bank chief operating officer Cynthia Boulter. “Our staff and volunteers are working continuously to ensure we can provide healthy food each week to those in need across the Lower Mainland.”