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Sidoo Family Giving Sponsors Breakfast Club in Downtown Eastside Vancouver Community

David Sidoo and Manjy Sidoo

Sidoo Family Giving Sponsors Breakfast Club

On Monday May 14, 2012, David Sidoo and Manjy Sidoo joined a number of smiling young faces at the Strathcona Community Centre to present on behalf of Sidoo Family Giving a $20000 donation to the Breakfast Club programs offered there. The Vancouver Sun newspaper’s Adopt a School program matched the Sidoo Family Giving donation.

The breakfast program at Queen Alexandra School and Strathcona Community Centre feed a healthy breakfast 200 of Vancouver inner-city children – and family members if needed – who go to school in the morning with empty stomachs.

Sidoo Family Giving has already actively sponsored Breakfast Clubs at David Sidoo’s alma mater New Westminster Secondary School in New Westminster, BC. In late 2011, Manjy Sidoo read an article in the Vancouver Sun’s Adopt-a-School series that detailed Queen Alexandra School and its needs. “The story just spoke to me. The programs there are so important to maintain and I said to David ‘this is a school I want to help as well as Strathcona,” said Manjy.

In the 14 years that the breakfast program offered out of the Strathcona Community Centre has been running, the number of children being fed has almost tripled.

David Sidoo was initially shocked to learn that children in his own backyard are going to school without a nutritious – or any – meal in the morning. “We all need to know this. We have to keep it in our conscience…” said David.

It can make an incredible difference in a child’s life to have a nutritious meal each morning. And it’s David and Manjy Sidoo’s hope that others will follow their lead and take action to support local breakfast clubs in their backyard.

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Streettohome Benefits from Sidoo Family Giving Sponsored Dinner

David Sidoo and Manjy Sidoo

Streettohome Benefits from Sidoo Family Giving Sponsored Dinner

On May 3, 2012, Manjy Sidoo and five unique women enjoyed a very special meal served in the Holt Renfrew Vancouver display windows as a fundraiser and awareness creator for the Streettohome Foundation.

Manjy Sidoo was approached by Holt Renfrew about the event and agreed to partner with them, the Fairmont Hotel and Jo Malone London fragrances to put on the dinner when she learned that half of the proceeds would go to the charity of her choice, which in this case was Streettohome. “It’s a great opportunity to bring awareness and attention to the Streetohome Foundation,” said Manjy.

The five glamorous women who joined Manjy Sidoo at the event were treated to a delectable meal catered by Executive Chef Darren Brown of ORU, Fairmont Pacific Rim and served in the Jo Malone London window of Holt Renfrew. From 8-10pm, passersby the window on Dunsmuir St in Vancouver would have seen the lovely women dining in high style.

The extraordinary dining experience was enriched by presentations from representatives from Jo Malone London; Barbara Wolfson, Divisional Vice-President and General Manager of Holt Renfew Vancouver; and Streettohome Foundation President and CEO, Dick Vollet.

“We’re here tonight at the Jo Malone counter at Holt Renfrew to be the recipient of some very generous donations from Manjy Sidoo and David Sidoo,” said Dick Vollett, “and they‘re involved with Streetthome as one of our major campaign supporters. We are trying to build supportive housing for the homeless folks in Vancouver; trying to solve that homeless cycle.”

“The reason I decided to participate in this fantasic, unique event tonight is to bring awareness to Streettohome,” said Manjy Sidoo. “I think them being involved tonight, with Dick Vollett who’s the CEO contributing to the evening, educating people so to speak and doing it in this environment here at Holt Renfrew it just brings a bit of fun to the evening as well. So it’s always great to marry fun and philanthropy together!”

The event raised $5000 for Streettohome and generated great exposure for the Foundation, all in a unique and memorable way.

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4th Annual Down Set Hut Youth Football Camp Ready to Roll

David SidooDavid Sidoo is proud to join Bobby Singh in presenting the Down Set Hut Football Camp for its fourth year on May 12th, 2012 at the Minoru Oval in Richmond, BC.

Conceived and founded by David Sidoo’s friend, former CFL, NFL and XFL pro footballer, Bobby Singh, the camp takes places on the magical day of May 12th, 2012 at the Minrou Oval in Richmond, BC. The non-contact skills camp is aimed at boys and girls aged 7-15 with football skills and experience ranging from beginner through advanced. Attendees are grouped according to age and, over the course of the day, rotate through different skills stations, each representing one of the eight positions on the football field.

Bobby Singh is the only Pro Football player to win a Super Bowl, XFL Championship, and a Grey Cup, but his success isn’t limited to the football field. Singh was elected as a trustee on the Richmond school board, and his CFL and NFL prospects are carefully weighed against the commitments he made to his community. He is active in different volunteer and community projects, including the Richmond Boys and Girls club.  Bobby Singh wants to help your children be successful by being a part of the football camps in Vancouver.

This event is near and dear to David Sidoo’s heart as it provides invaluable opportunities for youth to develop lifelong team building skills and gain inspiration and guidance from dedicated professional football athletes.

During his formative years at New Westminster Secondary School, David Sidoo was introduced to football, which gave him a sense of validation and focus. David Sidoo earned a scholarship to play football at UBC in 1978, where he became a highly decorated Thunderbird. Following university, David Sidoo went on to be the first Indo Canadian to play in the Canadian Football League—five years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and one year with the BC Lions.

David retired from football in 1988 but remains active in promoting youth and young adults in the sport through scholarships and events such as Down Set Hut. Each year David Sidoo and Sidoo Family Giving contribute funding to enable a number of local kids to attend the Camp.  David also spends the day on the field, sharing his football expertise and mentoring Camp attendees.

In addition to Bobby Singh and David Sidoo, the exciting line up of coaches for this year’s event includes Geroy Simon (BC Lions), Paul McCallum (BC Lions), Paris Jackson (BC Lions), Shea Emry (Montreal Alouettes), Davis Sanchez (Montreal Alouettes) and more!

Registration includes a Down Set Hut Football Camp team jersey package, an official Down Set Hut Football sports beverage bottle, a healthy lunch, and amazing prizes that include: Sports memorabilia, autographed jersey’s and footballs, BC Lions Football Tickets, and a opportunity to star in an up coming STORMTECH commercial!

Space is limited, so register today! For more information and to register, click here.

4th Annual Football Camp Team Radio Promo (MP3)

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