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Asian Songstress Frances Yip Ready to Headline S.U.C.C.E.S.S’s Charity Concert for the 6th Time

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August 15, 2017

Asian Songstress Frances Yip Ready to Headline S.U.C.C.E.S.S’s Charity Concert for the 6th Time

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Richmond, BC – Frances Yip, one of Asia’ s leading pop singers, has returned to Vancouver and set to woo her fans at the two charity concerts hosted by S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation this coming Friday August 18 and Saturday August 19. The Foundation hosted a press conference today to introduce the event details.

“Frances has been a passionate supporter of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation for more than two decades. We are thrilled to have her back to perform for us for the sixth time,” said Walter Soo, Brandon Hui and Jeffrey Chan, Co-Chairs of 2017 Frances Yip Charity Concert. “We hope to raise $150,000 to enable S.U.C.C.E.S.S. to continue to provide the important social services and programs that lack of sufficient government funding, particularly for those pertaining to youth, women, families and seniors”.

At the press conference, Frances reminisced about her previous visits to Vancouver and expressed her enthusiasm in reuniting with her fans and friends. “Vancouver is one of my favourite cities. It is like a second home to me. I enjoy performing here and love sharing my experiences with the audience as well,” said Frances. “I hope my performance will be instrumental in raising the needed funds for those services,” she added.

Started singing since the 1960s, Frances gained international fame in the early 1980s with her signature tune, The Shanghai Beach (also known as The Bund), the theme song of the popular Chinese TV drama of the same title. She has released over 80 albums to her name in various languages. Frances is fluent in Chinese and English.

At the two upcoming shows, Francis will present a 2-hour set of her greatest hits, including her signature tune, The Shanghai Beach.

Frances has a successful career in music industry which brings her the adoration of loyal fans all over the world. The show at River Rock Theatre on August 19 has been sold out.

Limited seats are available at Molson Canadian Theatre (2080 United Blvd, Coquitlam) on August 18 at $68, $98, Buy 5 get 1 free for $138 and $198. For tickets reservation and info, please call S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation at 604-408-7228 or visit www.successfoundation.ca.

2017 Frances Yip Charity Concert Committee would like to acknowledge the following donors and sponsors for their generous supports:

Venue and Entertainment Sponsors:
River Rock Casino Resort and Hard Rock Casino Vancouver

Patron Sponsor:
Mr. Johnny Fong

Printing Sponsor:
Horseshoe Press Inc


Gold Sponsor:
Patsy Hui, REMAX Westcoast、Ming-Ming Chan, PFP RBC Financial Planning and Porsche Centre Vancouver

Silver Sponsor:
Michelle Yu - REMAX Real Estate Services, Sing Yeo - Professional Real Estate Corp, Universal Coach Line and Samipoutei Ramen

Major Media Sponsor:
Fairchild TV, Talentvision, Fairchild Radio AM1470 & FM96.1, CHMB AM1320, LS Times TV and Canwest Taiwan Board of Trade

Media Sponsors:
iTalkBB media, Ming Pao Daily News, Mingshengbao, Sing Tao Daily, Canadian City Post, What’s In Media Group, Dawa Business Press, Global Chinese Press, OMNI Diversity Television, Richmond Sentinel, Evergreen News, Today Commercial News, and Tri-City News

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation
S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation, incorporated in December 2001, is a charitable foundation responsible for raising funds for S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and its affiliated organizations to support their mandates for the betterment of the community. For more details, please visit: www.successfoundation.ca 

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For more information, please contact:

Raymond Chau Eileen Lao
Event and Marketing Officer Public Affairs Manager
S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
Tel: 604-408-7228 Tel: 604-408-7243
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Frances Yip Profile

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After more 40 years in an industry where longevity is usually measured in years rather than decades, Frances Yip is still seeking new goals and setting new standards.

Frances’ career has evolved from the swinging sixties throughout the disco revolution and on to “adult contemporary”.

Her linguistic skills, with unique interpretations of lyrics in English, Cantonese and Mandarin, as well as several other Asian languages, has led to a fan base across a wide range of cultures and countries.

Frances has performed in over 30 countries across five continents, in concerts and on television. She has recorded over 80 albums, participated in three feature films and appeared in stage musicals. To celebrate her 45th anniversary in music industry Frances held concerts in New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, North America, Hong Kong in 2014 and Australia in 2015.

She has worked with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, the Macau Chinese Orchestra, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, the Youth Orchestra from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Tamasat University Philharmonic Orchestra in Bangkok as well as large orchestras in Kuala Lumpur.

Francis also became the first Hong Kong artiste to perform with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at a fundraising concert held at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, Canada in October 2004 for the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation.

Frances achieved worldwide recognition when she was selected by the Hong Kong Government to be a co-presenter at the British Farewell Ceremony to mark the transfer of sovereignty in Hong Kong to China. The event on June 30th 1997 was watched by a television audience estimated at 120 million, in more than 80 countries around the globe.

Her signature tune “Shanghai Beach”, the theme song from a television series of the same name made in 1980 has been possibly the best-known Cantonese song for over three decades among the Chinese in communities all over the world.

For more information, please visit www.francesyip.com 

You Can Help! S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Collects Donations for BC Wildfires Relief

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July 25, 2017  

You Can Help!

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Collects Donations for BC Wildfires Relief

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Vancouver, B.C. – The recent devastating wildfires have triggered a province-wide state of emergency in BC. More than 45,000 people have been forced to leave their homes. Urgent support is needed for individuals and families evacuated from their communities.

Effective immediately, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. will again partner with the Canadian Red Cross to collect donations through the following 5 service locations in Metro Vancouver until August 11, 2017, in support of people and communities affected by BC wildfires.  


1) S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Social Service Centre (office hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday)
28 West Pender Street, Vancouver, B.C. (telephone: 604-684-1628)

2) S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Richmond Service Centre (office hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday)
220 – 7000 Minoru Blvd., Richmond, B.C. (telephone: 604-279-7180)

3) S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Tri-City Service Centre (office hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday)
#2058 – Henderson Place, 1163 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, B.C. (telephone: 604-468-6000)

4) S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Burnaby Service Centre (office hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday- Friday)
#200 – 5172 Kingsway, Burnaby, B.C. (telephone: 604-430-1899)

5) S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Surrey-Delta Service Centre (office hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday)
#100 – 15117, 101th Ave, Surrey, B.C. (telephone: 604-588-6869)

In addition to visiting one of the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. offices listed above, people wishing to support relief efforts are encouraged to make a financial donation to the British Columbia Fires Appeal online at www.redcross.ca or by calling 1-800-418-1111 or by contacting their local Canadian Red Cross office.

"The Canadian Red Cross and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. have a long-standing partnership in responding to relief efforts in disaster situations. We are in full support to raise funds to help those affected in the fires,” said Queenie Choo, CEO of S.U.C.C.E.S.S.”

“Whether it’s an international disaster or one right here in B.C. like the current wildfires, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is by our side, mobilizing the generosity of the community,” said Kimberley Nemrava, Canadian Red Cross Vice-President for B.C. & Yukon. “Donations will help provide relief for those affected by the wildfires in the form of cots, blankets, family reunification, as well as financial assistance so individuals and families can get the food, clothing, shelter, and other necessities now, and in the weeks and months ahead.”


S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and the Canadian Red Cross entered a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in July 2010 to strengthen community support and fundraising efforts of the Red Cross in response to international disasters.

Since the establishment of the partnership, the two organizations have worked together to raise funds for a series of national and international disasters including the Pakistan and China floods in 2010, the Japan earthquake, and famine and drought in the Horn of Africa in 2011, the Sichuan (Ya’an) earthquake in China and the Philippines’ Haiyan typhoon in 2013, the Nepal earthquake in 2015 as well as the Fort McMurray fire in 2016.


About the Canadian Red Cross

The Canadian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and 190 national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Its mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.


About S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Established in 1973, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is one of the largest social service agencies in British Columbia. It is a non-partisan and non-profit charitable organization providing services in settlement, language training, employment, family and youth counseling, business and economic development, seniors care, housing and community development. For more information, visit www.success.bc.ca  or follow us on Twitter: @SUCCESSCanada or Facebook: @SUCCESSBC

 

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Media Contacts:

Cheekwan Ho
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Canadian Red Cross – BC and Yukon
Tel: 604-709-6747
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Eileen Lao
Public Affairs Manager
S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
Tel: 604-408-7243
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S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Walkathon Marks 32nd Anniversary with Multicultural Carnival

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July 16, 2017

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Walkathon Marks 32nd Anniversary with Multicultural Carnival

Vancouver, BC – S.U.C.C.E.S.S.’s Foundation annual Walk with the Dragon was successfully held at the Lumbermen’s Arch, Stanley Park with over 6,000 participants and raised 400,188 for the continuance and enhancement of important social services at S.U.C.C.E.S.S. for the Metro Vancouver communities.
 
“The Walk is a great time to meet old and new friends. In addition to many familiar faces, we have engaged more newcomers and refugee clients. Many of them joined the event for the first time,” said Sing Lim Yeo, Chair of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation. “The event also provides them with an opportunity to learn Canadian culture, and connect with the community,” added Yeo.  

Led by the 100-foot S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Dragon, over 100 teams marched along the 7-km sojourn around the seawall at Stanley Park. Music and songs then enveloped Lumbermen’s Arch to a fever pitch with giveaways and prizes at the carnival style game booths perfect for the whole family. This year, the mainstage performance welcomed a special group of performers – Kurdish Entertainment Group of refugee singers and dancers. Through music, they shared their culture with the public and expressed their appreciation to be part of the Canadian community.   

Each year, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Walk with the Dragon garners the staunch support of elected officials from the three levels of government and prominent community leaders. Leading the group this year was Hon. Harjit Singh Sajjan Minister of National Defense and Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.

“Over the past months, we have been overwhelmed by the support from the community in many creative ways to give back to the community. In addition to those long-time supporters, youth and new Chinese Canadians have also played an important role in the Walk this year,” said Chris Chan and Steven Shen, Co-Chairs of the 2017 S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Walk with the Dragon. “Our immense gratitude and appreciation to donors, sponsors, volunteers, staff and participants, “added Chan and Shen.

For event photos, please visit:  http://bit.ly/2vrSRfU

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation, incorporated in 2001, is a charitable foundation responsible for raising funds for S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and its affiliated organizations to support their mandates for the betterment of the community. For more details, please visit: www.successfoundation.ca .
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Contacts:
Raymond Chau                
Event and Marketing Officer, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation
Tel: 604-408-7228            
Cell: 604-715-3823                
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Eileen Lao
Public Affairs Manager, S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
Tel: 604-408-7243
Cell: 778-997-8283
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New HSBC Youth Support Program to Help 300+ Immigrants and Refugee Youth in Metro Vancouver

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July 14, 2017

New HSBC Youth Support Program to Help 300+ Immigrants and Refugee Youth in Metro Vancouver

Vancouver, BC – S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is happy to announce a new $300,000 donation from HSBC Bank Canada, establishing the HSBC Youth Support Program which will help new-to-Canada youth in Metro Vancouver. The program will provide more than 300 youth with career support, mentorship and skills-building workshops to help them succeed, finish school and pursue further education or career options over the next three years (2017-20).
 
“Immigrant and refugee youth who arrive in Canada as teenagers may face challenges to graduate high school in Canada due to many interacting factors, and there are very few programs to support youth who age out of school,” said Queenie Choo, CEO of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. “HSBC has been a long-standing partner of S.U.C.C.E.S.S., and their continued generosity and support for the youth and clients we serve will make a lasting difference in the lives of individuals and our community.”

The program officially starts in September 2017, and will run for three years in Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Burnaby and the Tri-Cities regions. In addition to financial support, HSBC employees will also volunteer as part of the program.

“At HSBC, we believe our responsibilities extend beyond our customers, shareholders and employees to the wider communities where we operate,” says Jocelyn Hsiung, Head of Branch Network, British Columbia, HSBC Bank Canada. “The HSBC Youth Support Program was created by S.U.C.C.E.S.S. to address an important need in our communities, and to support young people to reach their full potential.”

The celebration of this gift and official announcement will take place during the opening program of the 2017 Walk with the Dragon event at 9:00am, Sunday, 16 July 2017 at Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park.

S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
Established in 1973, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is one of the largest social service agencies in British Columbia. It is a non-partisan and non-profit charitable organization providing services in settlement, language training, employment, family and youth counseling, business and economic development, seniors care, housing and community development. For more information, visit www.success.bc.ca or follow us on Twitter: @SUCCESSCanada or Facebook: @SUCCESSBC

HSBC Bank Canada
HSBC Bank Canada, a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, is the leading international bank in the country. We help companies and individuals across Canada to do business and manage their finances internationally through three global business lines: Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets, and Retail Banking and Wealth Management.
HSBC Holdings plc, the parent company of the HSBC Group, is headquartered in London. The Group serves customers worldwide from around 4,000 offices in 70 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. With assets of US$2,416bn at 31 March 2017, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations.
For more information visit www.hsbc.ca or follow us on Twitter: @hsbc_ca or Facebook: @HSBCCanada

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Contacts:
 
Eileen Lao
Public Affairs Manager
S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
Tel: 604-408-7243
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Aurora Bonin
HSBC Bank Canada
Tel: 604-641-1905
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Celebrate Summer with 100-foot-long S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Dragon

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July 11, 2017

Celebrate Summer with 100-foot-long S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Dragon


Vancouver, BC – S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation’s signature event Walk with the Dragon will be held this Sunday, July 16, 2017. S.U.C.C.E.S.S. staff and walkers are gearing up for its 32nd anniversary at Lumbermen’s Arch, Stanley Park, Vancouver. The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Dragon will again lead over 6,000 walkers to raise $400,000. All proceeds will go to the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Caring for the Community Fund to maintain and enhance services that have no or insufficient government funding, especially programs for immigrants, refugees, youth, women, families and seniors.

First launched in 1986, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Walk with the Dragon has raised over $12 million for important social services and programs for Metro Vancouver communities.

“Endeavors such as the Walk will ensure those otherwise would be underserved to have access to important programs such as Youth Leadership Millennium Program, Multicultural Early Childhood Development Program (MECD), Chinese Help Lines and senior services provided by S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Multi-Level Care Society,” said Sing Lim Yeo, Chair of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation.

In 2015-2016, MECD served close to 250 families with over 5,800 touch points provided in support of their efforts to integrate into the community. The Chinese Help Lines, available in Mandarin and Cantonese, handled over 7,000 calls involving 111 specialized volunteers who contributed around 5,400 hours. More than 360 individuals received S.U.C.C.E.S.S.’s counselling service through 2,287 interviews. Around 200 youth were served with over 300 sessions delivered. The donation also helped fund exercise equipment, dental clinic and ceiling lifts at the seniors care facilities. S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation has played a crucial role in bridging the gap by investing in value-added programs that are important to the community.

On Sunday, July 16, the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Dragon will lead a 7-km excursion around the Stanley Park seawall. There will be another 3-km walk along Lost Lagoon for those who would like to spend more time at the main stage. RBC Kids Zone will provide more fun activities such as sports training games, bouncy castle, face painting, airbrush tattoos, balloon twister, photo-shoot, crafts, henna tattoos and caricature drawing to bring more fun to the young families and their kids.

The festivities will kick off at 8:30am with the eye-dotting ceremony for the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Dragon followed by multicultural performances featuring Japanese, Korean, Philippine, Chinese and Mexican until 12:30pm.

Complimentary shuttle bus services from Vancouver, Richmond and Tri-Cities to Stanley Park will be available for the public. For details, please visit: http://www.successfoundation.ca/walk2017.

“We are very delighted to see increasing support from newcomer community this year. In addition to those long-time sponsors, e.g. Official T-shirt Sponsor - Concord Pacific Group; VIP Reception Sponsor - Vancity; and Official Airline Sponsor - Air Canada, we also welcome new supporters such as 1029 Café, Foregrowth Club, Jonathan Lu, Terry Liu & Associates Ltd., Bohan Investment Group, CBGH, and PREC & Winstom Financial, and Liuyiushou Hotpot ” said Chris Chan and Steven Shen, Co-Chairs of Walk 2017. “With generous support from the community, we can build stronger communities where people of any age feel connected, supported, and empowered,” Chan and Shen added.

One day before the event on Saturday July 15, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation will host a fundraising radiothon again in partnership with CHMB AM1320. The Radiothon runs from 8:00 am to midnight. The audience will hear heartfelt stories and information about the services and programs that the public might not be aware. The public are encouraged to call: 604-263-1320 to donate to the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation.

Events like S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Walk with the Dragon would not be as successful as they are without the help of donors. To make a donation, please visit http://www.successfoundation.ca/walk2017/ or call at: 604-408-7228. Donation is welcome on the event day.

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation, incorporated in 2001, is a charitable foundation responsible for raising funds for S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and its affiliated organizations to support their mandates for the betterment of the community. For more details, please visit: www.successfoundation.ca.


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Contacts:

Raymond Chau                       
Event and Marketing Officer               
S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation               
Tel: 604-408-7228                   
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Eileen Lao
Public Affairs Manager
S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
Tel: 604-408-7243
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