HMCS Vancouver gives to kids in Hong Kong

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Navy News / May 25, 2018

By Sub-Lieutenant Jordan Bornholdt

During a recent port visit in Hong Kong, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS)Vancouver was proud to support Kids4Kids, a non-profit organization that supports literacy development and youth empowerment. Kids4Kids has partnered with over 65 schools and 40 charity organizations, and has involved over 15,500 students.

Outreach activities coordinated through organizations which emphasize empowering children to make positive change in their community was a predetermined objective of Vancouver for its deployment on Operation PROJECTION Indo-Asia-Pacific.

As one of Kids4Kids newest partners, Vancouver was able to contribute to the organization’s objectives. This opportunity was made possible by the Boomer’s Legacy Fund. Named after Corporal Andrew “Boomer” Eykelenboom, who was tragically killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan, the fund helps men and women in uniform have a positive impact on the communities they visit. The charitable funds provided by Boomer’s Legacy helps ensure that Andrew’s humanitarian spirit lives on. Vancouver is proud to emulate Andrew’s example with the aim of formulating a positive legacy with Kids4Kids in Hong Kong.

While onboard to receive their donation, children and staff from Kids4Kids were given a tour of the ship with displays from the naval boarding party, ship’s dive team, and the damage control organization.