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A new program will make charitable donations on behalf of B.C. volunteers to honour their contribution and mark the province’s 150th anniversary year, Premier Gordon Campbell announced today.

“Volunteers in every corner of the Province generously give their time, money, and efforts to their communities,” said Premier Campbell. “Volunteers coach minor soccer; they organize arts festivals; they work
tirelessly for charities that benefit everyone. Volunteers are the heart and soul of British Columbia.”

The BC150 Volunteer Incentive Program (BC150 VIP) will honour 30,000 eligible British Columbian volunteers who donate their time to a charitable event with a $50 donation in their name. The program will start now and run until Dec. 31, 2009. All volunteers for eligible events will receive a congratulatory card from the Premier.

Funding for the recognition effort is provided through the Community Gaming Grants program. Across British Columbia, almost 7,000 organizations receive grants of $150 million through the program.

Community Gaming Grants distribute gaming revenues to a broad range of programs and services, in areas such as arts, culture, sports, environment, human and social services, public safety, and parent
advisory councils at schools.

In order to qualify for BC150 VIP, a community organization must plan a special fundraising or awareness event that is not in support of regular programs. A limit of 100 contributions will be made by the Province on behalf of volunteers to any one organization. In addition, the organization must be eligible for a community gaming grant.

Starting Monday, Oct. 6, 2008, applications for BC150 VIP will be available online at or by calling the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch at 250 387-5311. All BC150 VIP events must conclude by Dec. 31, 2009.

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