That Ferris Wheel at Robson Square did much more than draw a crowd on Friday, it signalled the wrap up of Variety Week on Global BC. The final numbers are in and thanks to your donations, from all across BC, Variety – the Children’s Charity raised a total of $765,594 to help BC kids with special needs.
Variety Week on Global BC Raises $765,594
Miss604 is a proud sponsor of Variety Week, and I’m so honoured to be a part of this wonderful event and organization. The dedicated volunteers, the sponsors, Variety staff, the Global BC personalities who took the time to engage with the community, and of course all those who donated — THANK YOU!
“Our average individual grant for a child is $2,500 so this means we’ve raised enough money to help 306 kids and their families. Truly, truly amazing,” said Cally Wesson, Variety BC CEO.
“With all the challenges facing people in BC, we’re so honoured that the people of this province came forward once again to help our kids with special needs,” said Kenton Boston, VP News and Information, Corus Entertainment, Western Canada. “It’s the smallest things to the biggest things that make a difference in their lives and we’re so proud. Proud and grateful. Thank you British Columbia.”
Throughout the week’s newscasts, Global BC viewers were introduced to children and families supported by Variety and saw firsthand how their lives have changed as a result.
Variety’s core grant areas range from mobility programs and life-saving medical equipment to specialized therapies, mental wellness and educational programs and bursaries for learning disabilities. With Variety Week marking the official kick-off to the Variety Show of Hearts Telethon, Variety is hoping that viewers will set up their own fundraising page online and connect with friends, families and colleagues in support of children with special needs and their families province-wide.
Those who missed out on making a donation during the week can still do so online or by texting “KIDS” to 45678 to make an automatic $20 contribution.
Miss604’s Rebecca Bollwitt is a proud member of the Board of Directors of Variety – The Children’s Charity of BC.