One Country, One Film raises over $138,000 for Sheway

The One Country, One Film Festival raised $138,339 in support of VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, with funds going to Sheway, a pregnancy outreach program that provides health and social services to women and children in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Held on June 23th and June 24th at the Vancity Theatre, D2D Destiny (a philanthropic youth organization) organized a film festival, which included several short films from around the world that explored the theme of “humanity.” The films included Jail Quarters (France), 17 Anos Juntos (Spain), Coat Check Lady (Russia), A Trip with Mom (Taiwan) and many more.  The founder of the One Country One Festival (which originated in France) was in attendance at the VIP reception on Saturday.

A big thank you to D2D Destiny and everyone who attended the festival, engaging in a rich conversation about the meaning of humanity and how we can each make difference by seeking to understand one another.

One Country, One Film Festival Supports Sheway Program

D2D Destiny Foundation, in support of VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, hosts the second Annual One Country One Film Festival. The festival takes place On June 23rd and June 24th at the Vancity Theatre. All proceeds from the ticket sales go to Sheway, a pregnancy outreach program that provides health and social services to women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

The festival features several short films from around the world centered on the theme of “humanity.” The films explore stories of love, harmony, cultural diversity and the connections that we have with one another. The films include Jail Quarters (France), 17 Anos Juntos (Spain), Coat Check Lady (Russia), A Trip with Mom (Taiwan) and many more.

For more information on tickets and schedules, visit:  One Country, One Film .

About D2D Destiny Foundation:

The D2D Destiny Foundation, is a philanthropic youth organization founded in 2014 and based in Vancouver, Canada. It was created in response to its members’ common desire to make a difference by giving back to the community. The foundation has an e-philanthropy store and hosts events to fundraise for select non-profit organizations, including VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation.

SB Design Co., Ltd. raises funds for Sheway Program

Canadian company SB Design Co., Ltd. is partnering with VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation to raise funds for Sheway, a pregnancy outreach program located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

SB Design Co., Ltd. will donate $1 for every Frenew pregnancy body pillow sold through authorized retailers to Sheway. “Our body pillows provide great comfort and durability during and after a women’s pregnancy,” said David Kim, Chief Financial Officer for SB Design Co., Ltd. “Fundraising for Sheway is a natural extension of providing support to new mothers and their families.” For a list of authorized retailers, click here.   

Funds raised will support Sheway’s diverse services which include providing basic, practical and nurturing care to its clients and families. Some of their programs include enhancing access to nutritious and fresh foods such as milk and eggs and providing tools to support infants such as strollers. No client is the same and the Sheway team addresses the unique needs of the women and draws on community support to augment its programming.

International Women’s Day fundraiser and exhibition SHE-I-LA

On March 8th, Fazakas Gallery will host SHEILA: Women, Art, and Production, an all-female group exhibition to coincide with International Women’s Day. Along with the exhibition, the gallery is hosting an online art auction fundraiser in partnership with VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation that will run from March 8-18th to raise funds in support of Sheway, a pregnancy outreach program located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

SHEILA will feature work by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous multidisciplinary contemporary artists. Panel talks facilitated by the artists, as well as individuals from the local arts scene and the DTES, will be held at Fazakas Gallery from 2 – 4 p.m. on each Saturday of the month, beginning March 11th.

 

PROVIDING NUTRITIOUS FOOD FOR WOMEN IN NEED

Sheway is a Pregnancy Outreach Program located in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

Sheway is a pregnancy outreach program located in Vancouver’s downtown eastside, providing health and social services to pregnant women and those with young children. For many, it’s a refuge for women and children struggling to cope with daily existence. However, until recently, Sheway simply didn’t have enough food for everyone.

Nutritious food is critical for ensuring the best outcomes for mother and child in high-risk pregnancies. No one understands that better than the staff at the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation of Canada. That’s why, in 2012, they reached out to help. Thanks to their generous $57,000 donation, all women at Sheway have access to fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese and milk for themselves and their families.

Thanks to a donation from the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation of Canada, women at risk have nutritious food to eat.

This gift of food has an even larger impact. Understandably, many of these women are initially reluctant to seek medical care or social services. They usually come from challenging or abusive backgrounds, with little trust in those around them. Providing free groceries helps Sheway develop supportive, trusting relationships with these young mothers, which in turn helps encourage them to access health care and other social services.

On behalf of the women and children who are being fed and cared for, we express our gratitude to the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation of Canada. In addition to their work with Sheway, they consistently demonstrate philanthropic leadership, compassion and care to thousands of people who receive excellent health care at our hospitals and through community services every day.

SHEWAY HELPS WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN NEED
Sheway, a Vancouver Community Health Services program, provides health and social service supports to women with infants under 18 months and high-risk pregnant women who are dealing with challenges relating to alcohol/drugs, homelessness, hunger, malnutrition, HIV, Hepatitis C, poverty and mental health problems.

Before Sheway was launched in 1993, approximately half of the babies in the Downtown Eastside were born substance-affected and one-third had low birth weight. Today most children born to women who have participated in Sheway have normal birth weight, and most new mothers are able to take their children home.