HAMILTON, Ont. — Darko Vranich, president and CEO of Vrancor Group, donated $25,000 to Wesley Urban Ministries supporting teen drop-in programs at a cheque presentation July 20.
“As an entrepreneur, developer and investor across many communities, I have a deep commitment to Hamilton to help build up our city with economic prosperity and growth. I was impressed with Wesley’s enormous effort to welcome and settle refugees into Hamilton and wanted to make a meaningful contribution,” said Vranich in a release.
“Darko understands the great challenges as well as life-changing possibilities the youth are facing and we thank him for wanting to invest in their potential. This will make a significant difference to their own growth and future success,” said Daljit Garry, executive director of Wesley Urban Ministries.
The donation will support teen drop-in programs for 13-to-18-year-olds at Beasley Community Centre and Betty Brooks Community Centre, both in high-priority neighbourhoods. These programs provide a safe and positive place for youth to participate in recreational activities, access the Internet and computer for homework, meet friends in a safe place and learn through educational presentations.
Founded in 1955, Wesley offers more than 30 programs to children, youth, adults and seniors experiencing poverty.