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Rotaract Clubs, composed of young leaders aged 18-30 in District 5040, were challenged in Rotaract's Big Give to create the most meaningful and valuable project that addressed a unique need for youth in their specific communities. The Rotaract Clubs of Hollyburn, Vancouver (UBC), Burnaby, New Westminster and Richmond jumped at the challenge. Each club donated funds towards a common pool that the winning club can donate towards a charitable cause of their choice.The theme of children and youth mirrors the Rotary International theme of "Make Dreams Real".

The Big Give is the first district-wide initiatives created by Rotaractors this year. A total of five projects were simultaneously launched in March 2009 to align with World Rotaract Week. The Big Give impacted 210 children, youth and their families in the North Shore, Burnaby, New Westminster, Vancouver and Richmond. Projects included leading youth to take action on issues such as the environment and poverty, afterschool programs for healthy lifestyles and eating and support for halfway houses for women and children.

Two awards were given after presentations and judging on April 25, 2009 by a panel comprised of Hans Doge (Assistant Governor for Vancouver II and District Governor Nominee 2011-2012), Chris Loat (District Rotary Committee) and Bill Denham (Richmond Rotaract Liaison). The projects were evaluated on how well they matched the theme, time involvement, longterm effects, measurable impact, public awareness, as well as Rotarian involvement.

The "Biggest Impact Award" was given to the Richmond Rotaract Club, whose "Impact Anti-Poverty Seminar" enabled 40 high school students to learn about how to take action against poverty locally and internationally. They volunteered at the Richmond Fruit Tree Sharing Project, turning their new found knowledge into hands on work to provide food for the Richmond Food Bank. The Richmond Rotaract Club decided to donate the prize fund towards the Richmond Poverty Response Committee.

Rotaract's Big Give also utilized social media such as YouTube (see their projects on Youtube ) and Facebook to build awareness for the projects. Each club was given a time period of two weeks to generate as many views as possible on their project videos on YouTube. The Rotaract Club of Vancouver (UBC) was presented the "People's Choice Award" for the most views on their video of their project "Healthy Energy" - a series of three activities promoting a healthy lifestyle with the Hastings Community School.

Congratulations to all the Rotaract clubs for making a difference through giving back to their communities in Rotaract's Big Give.

Emily Wan & Rachel Li
Big Give Co-Chairs