The Virtue Foundation is an outstanding organization that I volunteer for and believe in. Please take the time to read about it, visit the website, and help to spread the word about the wonderful work being done for the kids.
The Virtue Foundation
Established by Danny Virtue in 2002, The Virtue Foundation is a not for profit organization whose primary objective is to raise awareness for children who are physically, mentally or financially challenged. The Foundation is involved in charities, community services and fundraisers throughout the year.
Inspired By Horses
It began with a simple idea. As one of Canada’s most knowledgeable trainers, Danny has always known the healing power of the horse. When he was faced with horses in his stable whose careers in the movie business were over, he decided to put them to work in another way. By combining these retired movie horses with underprivileged and sick children who had never had the chance to ride, Danny started a regular riding program, which not only made a lot of dreams come true, but laid the groundwork for what The Virtue Foundation would become.
“A Day at the Ranch”
He quickly realised that with his vast resources he could create a truly memorable experience for many more people. By enlisting the help of his friends and colleagues in the film and television business, “A Day at the Ranch” was born. At this very special annual summer event, children and their families from the Surrey Memorial hospital renal program are brought to the beautiful Virtue Studio Ranch where they are treated to live entertainment, special celebrity guests, and a barbeque lunch. In 2007, over 300 people watched the live stunt shows, animal acts, wrestling, rodeo and acrobatics, and escaped the needles and hospital rooms for a day. For many, it has become one of the highlights of the year.
The Virtue Foundation has continued its original riding program, and is currently working on other charity events and fundraisers to benefit even more children. The Foundation is a proud member of both the community of Mission, B.C and the Metro Vancouver area and its influence will continue expanding in 2008.