Photo Opportunity/Media Advisory

Hope in Shadows and Megaphone vendors gear up for Vancouver’s rainy season with new wet weather uniforms from Central City Foundation

The hard working vendors who sell the Hope in Shadows calendar and Megaphone magazine on the streets of Vancouver will model their new wet weather uniforms at a photo opportunity on Wednesday, October 16. Funding for the uniforms comes from Central City Foundation.

The new rain jackets, umbrellas and water-resistant messenger bags are a big asset for the vendors who work under all sorts of difficult weather conditions. This gear will not only protect the vendors from the elements, but will also make it easier for the public to spot them on those grey and rainy Vancouver days.

WHAT:                  New wet weather gear for Hope in Shadows and Megaphone vendors, funded by Central City Foundation, modeled by vendors

WHERE:                The south-east corner of Granville and Georgia

(outside of the London Drugs)

WHEN:                   Wednesday, October 16, 10:30am – 11:30am

WHO:                     Vendors will be dressed in their colourful uniforms and available for photos and comments at the unveiling. Hope in Shadows project coordinator Carolyn Wong, Megaphone executive director Sean Condon and Central City Foundation CEO Jennifer Johnstone will also be available to comment.

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Hope in Shadows

Hope in Shadows is a community project based around a photo contest for Downtown Eastside residents and local communities. Winning images are featured in an annual calendar that is sold on the streets of Vancouver through a vendor program that creates employment for people impacted by poverty. Vendors buy each calendar for $10 and sell them for $20. The money from the sales transaction goes directly to the vendor.

Megaphone

Megaphone is an award-winning magazine sold on the streets of Vancouver by homeless and low-income vendors. Published by the non-profit Street Corner Media Foundation, vendors buy each issue for 75 cents and sell them on the street for $2. They keep all profits. The magazine is published every two weeks. Visit www.megaphonemagazine.com.

Central City Foundation

Central City Foundation has been bringing neighbours together to build hope in the inner city since 1907. By building housing and other capital projects, investing in social enterprises that create jobs and opportunities as well as funding hundreds of non-profit organizations, Central City Foundation has provided help and hope to the most vulnerable people in our inner city community for 106 years.

Contact

Carolyn Wong, Hope in Shadows Project Coordinator

604-786-6868, cwong@pivotlegal.org

 

Sean Condon, Megaphone Executive Director

604-345-7227, sean@megaphonemagazine.com

 

Carla Shore, Central City Foundation

P: 604-329-0975, media@centralcityfoundation.ca