$53,900 Donations Raised!
The Harbourfront Group of Companies CEO, Danny Popescu climbed Aconcagua Mountain in January 2020 to raise funds and awareness for child hunger. The high altitude climb kicked off the campaign supporting Canadian and International initiatives for child hunger. Donations were equally distributed to Save the Children, Canadian Feed the Children, Isthmus and President’s Choice Children’s Charity.
CEO Climbed Aconcagua Mountain, One of the 7 Summits
Harbourfront Group of Companies CEO, Danny Popescu climbed Aconcagua Mountain to raise awareness for our CEO Summit for Child Hunger campaign. This campaign was in support of Canadian and International initiatives for child hunger.
Key points highlighting child poverty and the hunger epidemic throughout Canada and the World.
- In Canada, 3 million children live in conditions of poverty (that’s 1 in 5).
- 1 in 2 Status First Nations children lives in poverty.
- 8% of children in British Columbia live in poverty with children under the age of 6 representing an even higher poverty rate of 20.1% (both are higher than the national average of 18.5%)
- 1 in 5 Edmontonian children (under the age of 18) live in poverty, which increases to 1 in 3 children in single-parent families.
- After a decade of steady decline, the number of people suffering from hunger in the world has slowly increased. As a result, more than 820 million people in the world are still hungry today.
- One in seven newborns, or 20.5 million babies globally, suffered from low birthweight in 2015; no progress has been made in reducing low birthweight since 2012
- Globally In 2018, 7.3% (49.5 million) children under five were affected by acute malnutrition or wasting.
- In 2018, Africa and Asia accounted for more than nine out of ten of all stunted children globally, representing 39.5 percent and 54.9 percent of the global total, respectively.
For this fundraising campaign we supported causes that directly helped hungry children in Canada and Internationally. We supported Canadian Feed the Children, Isthmus, Presidents Choice Children’s Charity and Save the Children. These are all organizations that we vetted to ensure validity.
Canadian Feed the Children
Canadian Feed The Children (CFTC) envisions a world where children live free from hunger and poverty. They work internationally and in Canada, including specific campaigns to support First Nations children in Canada, and take a community-led approach to development, by working through local partners to help people achieve long-term change for children, families and communities. Their focus is on food security and education as catalysts of change, and capacity-building that ensures sustainability.
At Isthmus they connect hungry children with food to eat on weekends when they would otherwise go hungry. While there are numerous feeding programs for children during school hours, Isthmus fills the gaps between Friday and Monday.
President’s Choice Children’s Charity
They believe nothing will create better conditions for success than nourishing our kids, which is why the have committed $150 million over the next 10 years to tackle childhood hunger by feeding kids good food and teaching kids food knowledge. They feed kids at school, after school, and in the summer.
Save the Children
In Canada and around the world, they work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, they are often the first to respond and the last to leave. Save the Children also has specific campaigns to support First Nations children in Canada.
Having children of his own, the growth and development of children hits home for Danny Popescu. Having the ability to raise and donate funds to causes that help children in need get access to food is something we take very seriously at Harbourfront Gives Foundation.
Aconcagua is the highest mountain outside of Asia being the highest in both the Southern and Western Hemispheres with a summit elevation of 6,960.8 metres (22,837 ft). It is located in the Principal Cordillera of the Andes mountain range, in the Mendoza Province, Argentina, and lies 112 km (70 mi) northwest of its capital, the city of Mendoza, about five km (3.1 mi) from San Juan Province and 15 km (9.3 mi) from the international border with Chile. The mountain itself lies entirely within Argentina, immediately east of Argentina’s border with Chile. The nearest higher peak is Tirich Mir in the Hindu Kush, 16,520 kilometres (10,270 mi) away. It is one of the Seven Summits.