When Clayton Heights Secondary student Laura Kim won $10,000 to give to the charity of her choice, the decision was clear. She wanted to donate the money to the B.C. SPCA, in recognition of its work with animals.
“I love animals like crazy and I hate thinking of them being mistreated or hurt,” said Kim, who is part of her school’s social awareness club, Project Equal.
Kim won the money for charity from a Telus contest on We365, a mobile app and website developed by Free the Children and Telus.
The app is named for We Day, an initiative of Free the Children that encourages young people to come together in stadium settings to become inspired to lead local and global change.
Kim and fellow Project Equal members and classmates Rajan Samra and Ryan Furby recently toured the BC SPCA’s provincial office and animal shelter in Vancouver, where they presented a bone-shaped, $10,000 cheque to society CEO Craig Daniell.
The BC SPCA is the school group’s support project this year.
Kim was at the Toronto airport when she found out she won the contest. She was was returning home from a spring break trip to Ecuador, where she helped build a school.
“A gift like this makes such a difference for us,” said the BC SPCA’s Daniell. “It will help so many of our province’s most vulnerable animals get the care they need. We are so grateful to Laura. She’s made a huge difference.”