The Anglican Foundation of Canada’s (AFC) Say Yes! to Kids campaign has united volunteer fundraisers from across the country. As the campaign enters its final week, AFC is celebrating the efforts of one of its youngest fundraising teams: St. John’s & St. Andrew’s Kids, a partnership between the youth at St. John’s, Fort Smith, and St. Andrew’s, Hay River, two very community-focused churches in the Diocese of the Arctic.
The first gift to the Say Yes! to Kids campaign came on March 25, and it was given by a 14 year-old boy—sharing money, set aside as a periodic tithe from his allowance. The gift that helped us officially achieve our $100,000 goal came on June 24, from a retired priest, now in his 90s.
Based on the success of the Say Yes! to Kids campaign, the Anglican Foundation of Canada is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) that contribute to the physical, intellectual, emotional, or spiritual well-being of children, youth, or young adults within Canada. “The Say Yes! to Kids campaign is still active until the end of June,” says Canon Judy Rois, Executive Director, “and with more than $85,000 raised to date, we now know this will be AFC’s largest-ever RFP.”
The Anglican Foundation of Canada and the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa are joining forces to raise funds for Say Yes! to Kids in support of programs that will benefit children, youth, and young adults and resource the church’s pandemic recovery efforts. “Every day there is another news story, quoting more studies and expert opinions, warning about the immense challenges that this pandemic-impacted generation will struggle to overcome.”
The Anglican Foundation of Canada’s Say Yes! to Kids campaign received a $5,000 donation from the Diocese of Central Newfoundland, helping AFC’s national campaign edge that much closer to its goal. More than $78,000 of the $100,000 target has been raised to date. “We like the idea of being a generative diocese and sharing in the ministry of the wider church,” says The Rt. Rev. John Watton, Bishop of Central Newfoundland.
The Anglican Foundation of Canada’s (AFC) Say Yes! to Kids campaign received a $5,000 donation from the Diocese of Huron ACW bringing the Huron Says Yes! local fundraising team into the home stretch of its $10,000 goal, and helping the national campaign push well past the $70,000 mark.
Archbishop Linda Nicholls, Primate and Chair of the Anglican Foundation’s board of directors has released the statement below on the discovery of the bodies of 215 children at an unmarked burial ground at a former residential school near Kamloops, B.C. The Anglican Foundation of Canada grieves with the families of those who children never came home.