About Helen Hughes
The originator, soul, driving force and matriarch of Souper Bowls is the irrepressible Helen Hughes. Helen’s historic concern for youth
at risk was evident when it was noted that there was no summer day programs for street involved youth in downtown Victoria.
Why not a fundraiser to address this gap in services?
Souper Bowls was born. For 18 years, Helen has worked thousands of hours to make this fundraiser one of Victoria’s premier events. From a relatively modest beginning, this event has now raised over $950,000.00 and has expanded its impact beyond summer programs to assistance with emergency housing, street outreach, basic needs, family counselling, substance use, mental health and life skills services. Helen’s passion to create a better tomorrow for today’s youth is evident throughout Greater Victoria and Souper Bowls is symbolic of her impact. The community is a better place because of Helen Hughes.