CKNW Orphans’ Fund Pledge Day

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Mark your calendars! Wednesday, December 2nd 2015 is the 38th Annual CKNW Orphans’ Fund Pledge Day. This full day “radio-thon” is broadcast live on CKNW News Talk AM980 from the beautiful Terminal City Club in downtown Vancouver. The Fund’s largest fundraiser of the year, last year Pledge Day was able to raise over $1.8 million for special needs children in BC, and has raised over $40 million since its inception in 1977!

CKNW Orphans’ Fund Pledge Day

Photo credit: Mark Whitehead

Where does this money go each year? CKNW Orphans’ Fund is one of the largest sources of individual grant funding in British Columbia and helps over 15,000 children annually. The money raised helps some of the most vulnerable children in the province, funding everything from speech therapy, to medical equipment, summer camps, tutoring, educational bursaries and more.

A child recently helped by the CKNW Orphans’ Fund: Elle is 10 years old and has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome, a seizure disorder, Sleep Apnea, Dysphagia and lowered immunity. She is on regular seizure medication and requires orthodontic treatment to address her mouth structure and some broken teeth.

Elle is one of four children living with both middle income parents. These orthodontic treatments are extremely expensive, and must be done by specialists at BC Children’s Hospital. Elle’s parents are unable to afford the treatments and CKNW Orphans’ Fund gladly stepped in to provide funding. Pledge Day donors helped pay for the orthodontic treatments Elle needs.

Tune in to CKNW News Talk AM980 to hear interviews with inspiring guests including philanthropists, business leaders, celebrities, media personalities, and most importantly, children who have been helped by the Fund.

Donations of $98 or more will be eligible to receive a free Sarah McLachlan Christmas CD.

3 Ways to Get Involved

  • Donate online at or by calling 604.222.9898 on December 2nd
  • Stop by the Terminal City Club on December 2nd to support in person and check out some of the great guests!
  • Help support the Fund by tweeting: On Dec 2nd support @cknworphansfund & help special needs children in BC. #pledgeCKNW

Please help us make a real difference in the lives of special needs children! Click here for more information on CKNW Orphans’ Fund Pledge Day. If you know a family or child that could benefit from the CKNW Orphans’ Fund, please send them this link.

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