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Richmond charity announces first youth ambassador

Congratulations to this McMath secondary student.
Ava Koldenhof Ambassador
Ava Koldenhof (left) will serve as the program’s first ever youth ambassador.

Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives (RCRG) announced their first youth ambassador for its annual Richmond Christmas Fund.

Ava Koldenhof, a Grade 11 McMath secondary student, is the recipient of this ambassador title.

“I’m very excited to accept the role of Youth Ambassador,” said Koldenhof.

“I look forward to being as involved as possible in supporting our community and helping Richmond kids and their families have a wonderful holiday season.”

Koldenhof started fundraising for local and international charities, such as the Richmond Food Bank and Make-A-Wish Foundation, by selling handmade crafts since she was nine years old.

Her community service doesn't stop there. She has volunteered with the Girl Guides, serves on student council and received several accolades including the Rick Hansen Foundation's Different Maker of the Year and the News 1130's Unsung Hero awards.

As the Christmas Fund youth ambassador, Koldenhof's role will engage with fellow young people and encouraging them to volunteer for the Christmas Fund and educating them on the broader benefits of community service, according to RCRG in a media statement.

“This year, as the Christmas Fund marks its 90th anniversary, it’s important that we look to the future,” said Ed Gavsie, president and CEO of RCRG, which operates the Christmas Fund.

“Despite only being 16, Ava is already a community leader. We can’t think of a better person to inspire the next generation not only to support the Christmas Fund, but other community causes as well.”

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