This past March, Variety – The Children’s Charity of BC launched the Variety Kids Can campaign in order to attract increased funding towards Variety BC’s core grant areas, as well as provide new opportunities to expand on the ways the charity can help the kids and families it serves.
To kick off the campaign, the Milan & Maureen Ilich Family Foundation presented Variety with an astounding donation of $1 million. They invited other organizations and individuals to step up and support Variety Kids Can, and Shafin Diamond Tejani, of Victory Square Technologies (“VST”) has now done just that!
Tejani has been giving of his time, talent and treasure to children’s organizations around the world for over 20 years. Recently, his colleague and VST Board Director Howard Blank introduced him to the work Variety does to help children and families in the province facing extra challenges associated with special needs.
“I knew I wanted to be a part of Variety Kids Can, so that families requiring a little extra support can always have a place to turn to.” – Shafin Diamond Tejani
He was very impressed with Variety and offered to sponsor the “One Night In Monte Carlo” event, a very successful fundraising initiative held in April of this year. He learned about the generous donation and challenge put forth from Rick Ilich of the Milan & Maureen Ilich Family Foundation and he answered their call to action.
“I was so moved by the incredible work that Variety provides families and children with special needs across our vast province,” said Tejani. “The work they have been doing for kids in every corner of the province for over half a century is truly inspirational.”
Tejani and Victory Square Technologies have committed to matching every dollar raised up to $500,000.
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Funds raised go towards areas such as mobility equipment, specialized therapies, mental wellness, educational programs and bursaries for learning disabilities, and lifesaving medical equipment and supplies.
“The Variety Kids Can campaign is an opportunity for businesses and individuals to directly step up and impact the lives of kids and families facing the challenges of special needs,” says Variety – the Children’s Charity CEO Kristy Gill.
“We hope that the generosity of Shafin Tejani and the Milan & Maureen Ilich Family Foundation sparks a philanthropic competitive challenge that will usher in a new audience of donors and help us help an additional thousand kids in BC.”
Tejani now challenges fellow British Columbians to champion the Variety Kids Can campaign. “Please give whatever you can so that together we can raise an additional $1,000,000! Variety truly steps in where healthcare ends.”
Variety – the Children’s Charity provides direct help to children with special needs in BC and the Yukon. For over 50 years Variety has ensured children have the support to reach their potential. You can help make a difference for children and families in BC by donating today.