Longtime friends Michelle Kim and Rebecca Bollwitt team up to sell Surrey ‘merch’ for a charity cause.
They are two of this year’s Women of Options, a campaign which involves 50 prominent women each tasked with raising $25,000 to help young people in need in the Surrey area.
Kim, a novelist and filmmaker, and Bollwitt, Metro Vancouver’s award-winning “Miss 604” blogger, have been collaborating on projects in Surrey since 1985. They met in kindergarten at Hjorth Road Elementary and have been “BFFs” ever since.
Now they have led the production of Bear Creek, Green Timbers and I “heart” Surrey T-shirts, hoodies, water bottles, mugs and tote bags, for sale on iHeartSurrey.com starting Monday, July 4, for a very limited time.
It’s all in aid of Options Community Services’ “Gamechangers” fundraiser, launched on April 20 with campaign details and a link for donations posted on womenofoptions2022.ca.
The campaign goal is $1.5 million, the same target amount as the first Women of Options fundraiser in 2021, when the money was directed to an affordable housing project in Newton.
“Options is primarily funded by various levels of government,” noted Bollwitt, “but is limited in the use of funds to meet these needs due to the number of young people who need unique support and the variety of situations that cannot be accommodated within designated program or funding parameters.
Urgent needs of young people that Options team members see include paying for clothing or dental care so young people can attend a job interview with pride, covering daycare or a young mother to attend an educational program, bring young people at risk to a safe place and solve the pressing problems faced by young people who have left the child protection system and lost their supports.
For last year’s Women of Options campaign, Bollwitt created a “Surrey Nostalgia Collection” of t-shirts and other merchandise, in partnership with MAKE Vancouver.
Details on this year’s merchandise are posted at miss604.com.
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