20 years of miracles: $14 million raised at BC Children's Hospital Miracle Weekend



    VANCOUVER, June 3 /CNW/ - BC Children's Hospital Foundation raised
$14,688,536 for BC Children's Hospital during the 20th annual Miracle Weekend,
hosted by Global TV on June 2-3, surpassing its fundraising goal. Miracle
Weekend events have raised over $120 million for the hospital since the first
Miracle Weekend was held in 1988. That year, Miracle Weekend raised $1.6
million.
    "We were determined to raise more than ever for the kids of British
Columbia, but were still stunned by the result," said Tim Clark, BC Children's
Hospital Miracle Weekend Chair, and vice president of V1500 Holdings. "I have
to give credit to the thousands of British Columbians who volunteer their time
to support the foundation's activities; they hit the ground running and their
efforts really paid off."
    The Miracle Weekend is the culmination of fundraising efforts throughout
the year. Events include everything from school fundraisers to golf
tournaments to black-tie galas. The hospital receives support from employee
groups in financial services, retail, mining, technology, professional
associations, construction and real estate, forestry and others, and members
of Children's Hospital's employee family. Annual events, such as Jeans Day,
Slo-Pitch, HSBC Childrun, A World of Smiles Multicultural Telethon and
Radiothons on 98.5 The Ocean (Victoria), and Silk FM (Kelowna) contributed to
the total.
    The 12-hour Miracle Weekend Telethon was broadcast on Global TV - ending
with the announcement of the record-breaking total at 6 pm on Sunday. The
Chinese-Canadian Telethon and Radiothon, airing on Fairchild TV, CHMB AM 1320
and Fairchild Radio AM 1470 on June 2, contributed $840,000 to the total.
Mining for Miracles, an annual event put on by BC's mining community, was the
single largest contributor to the Miracle Weekend total, raising $1.6 million
on May 17.
    "British Columbians are clearly committed to ensuring their Children's
Hospital is well equipped to help BC's kids," said Sue Carruthers, president
and CEO of BC Children's Hospital Foundation. "During the telethon, our
supporters see just a few of the children whose lives they have touched. In
fact, over the past two decades they have helped hundreds of thousands of
children and families from every community in this province."
    Donations to the Miracle Weekend are used to support the purchase of
life-saving equipment, research into the treatment, prevention and cure of
childhood diseases, recruitment and educational programs for caregivers, and
programs in communities throughout the province.

    BC Children's Hospital is the province's only full-service acute care
hospital and serves the one million children living in BC and the Yukon. All
children who are seriously ill or injured are referred to Children's Hospital
and are either treated at the hospital facility in Vancouver or, with
consultation from Children's specialists, in their home community.
    Last year, more than 72,000 children were treated at Children's Hospital.
Working with the community, BC Children's Hospital Foundation received more
than 78,000 donations last year and had revenues of over $40 million. Funds
raised by the foundation are used to support BC Children's Hospital, Sunny
Hill Health Centre for Children and the Child and Family Research Institute.





For further information:

For further information: Debora Sweeney, Vice President and Chief
Communications Officer, BC Children's Hospital Foundation, Phone: (604)
875-3635, Cell: (604) 828-4918, E-mail: dsweeney@cw.bc.ca; Stephen Forgacs,
Director of Communications, BC Children's Hospital Foundation, Phone: (604)
875-2338, Cell: (604) 719-4381, E-mail: sforgacs@cw.bc.ca

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