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2014 Chinatown BIA Youth Volunteers Raised Funds to Help Ward 20 Underprivileged Children and Youth 

Chinatown youths and young adults raised close to $5000 from the Toronto Chinatown Night Market and Toronto Chinatown Summer Market organized by Chinatown BIA back in 2012 and 2013 respectively. The objectives of the funds were to help underprivileged children and youth residing in the Trinity/Spadina area to expand their horizons. The events took place in Toronto Chinatown on Huron Street, where Chinatown BIA’s youth volunteers organized a weekly street market for the public. Attendees of the events were entertained by stage performances, intrigued by vendor trinkets, wowed by youth volunteer’s artistic talents and many more.
 
With the donations, Chinatown BIA has already organized tours to two major Toronto attractions. The first tour was to Toronto Zoo and the second was to Reptilia Zoo. As a result of the funds collected, underprivileged families were able to enjoy a tour to learn about all the exotic animals featured at both zoos. With the remainder of the donations, Chinatown BIA will be organizing 3 more tours in the coming months. The next tour will be held on November 29th, 2014 and we will be taking families to the Royal Ontario Museum. The following two tours will be in December and January and other signature Toronto destinations are on the horizon.
 
Grace Lau, Board Director, Co-Chair of the PR & Marketing Committee said, “as school funding continues to decrease, many underprivileged children and youth residing in Ward 20 will not have such experiential learning opportunities. As leaders of Chinatown, we along with our young volunteers want to help make a difference in the community. We hope the trips will help inspire the area’s children and youth to accomplish more in life. After all, they are our future!”