This Spring, donate to help Megaphone raise $30,000 as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Hope in Shadows photo contest and calendar, and continue its legacy into this year and beyond!
“Hope in Shadows is something I respect because it helped me through the tough times and gave me the confidence to really come out of my shell. Hope in Shadows has helped me to bloom into the person I was meant to be.” — Peter Thompson
Fourteen years ago, hope came into focus for Peter Thompson, now a Megaphone vendor, storyteller and photographer. At that time, Peter’s career in the construction industry had been cut short due to an accident that broke his leg in five places. The injury left him unable to work, struggling financially and feeling hopeless. When Hope in Shadows launched that October, Peter started a new chapter selling the calendar at the Commercial and Broadway SkyTrain station.
“I was so shy, I’d never sold anything before. I hid in a little cove at the station and held up my calendar, hoping someone might buy one,” Peter recalls.
Each day, he would move a little further out of the shadows of that alcove as each customer offered him a bit more hope. Over time, Peter’s confidence grew as he earned meaningful income and new relationships took shape.
Since that contest, Peter’s photos have won many Hope in Shadows accolades, including the cover photo in 2011. He has established a strong community of supporters at his regular vending spot at West 4th and Vine in Kitsilano, and he’s published poetry and personal stories in Megaphone magazine and Voices of the Street.
“My encouragement to those taking part in Hope in Shadows for the first time would be to stick with it,” Peter says. “It may change your life.”
This spring, Megaphone needs your help to raise $30,000, so Hope in Shadows can continue its legacy into and beyond the 20th anniversary.
Donate today to help people like Peter find hope and transformation through Hope in Shadows.
Please note: Your tax-deductible donation, made to Hope in Shadows Society. (Charitable Registration #888360104 RR 0001) through this page, supports the charitable work of the Hope in Shadows Society (Megaphone).
Hope in Shadows is a charitable organization creating positive social change for people and communities impacted by poverty and marginalization. Their projects empower, educate, and provide training to low-income people in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and beyond. Hope in Shadows' flagship project is the annual Hope in Shadows photography contest and calendar. Hope in Shadows also works with Megaphone Magazine to do this charitable work.