22nd annual Miracle Weekend brings in $15.3 million for BC's kids

    
    Retail sector makes largest-ever contribution to BC Children's Hospital's
    Miracle Weekend
    

VANCOUVER, June 7 /CNW/ - BC Children's Hospital Foundation raised $15,316,687 for BC Children's Hospital during the 22nd annual Miracle Weekend, hosted by Global BC TV on June 6-7, surpassing its fundraising goal. Miracle Weekend events have raised approximately $140 million for the hospital since the first Miracle Weekend was held in 1988.

"The success of Miracle Weekend is thanks to the hard work and contributions of hundreds of thousands of volunteers and donors from across the province," said Jerry Bried, BC Children's Hospital Miracle Weekend Chair. "It's amazing to raise this amount in any year, but this year it's particularly impressive. Children clearly hold a special place in the hearts of British Columbians."

The Miracle Weekend is the culmination of fundraising efforts throughout the year by literally hundreds of diverse groups. 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, hospitality and restaurants, 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 on Shaw and radiothons on 98.5 The Ocean (Victoria), Silk FM (Kelowna) and Virgin Radio 95.3 (Vancouver) contributed to the total.

The 12-hour Miracle Weekend Telethon was broadcast on Global BC - ending with the announcement of the 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 6, contributed $880,000 to the total. The retail sector, one of many industry groups participating, made the largest contribution from a business group in the 22-year history of Miracle Weekend: $3.9 million.

"This is a phenomenal result in a year when we would have been happy just to reach our goal, let alone surpass it," said Sue Carruthers, president and CEO of BC Children's Hospital Foundation. "What we have seen this weekend is a tremendous show of compassion and generosity coming from the very heart of BC's communities."

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.

About BC Children's Hospital

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. BC Children's Hospital Foundation received donations from more than 82,000 people last year and had revenues of over $54.4 million. Funds raised by the foundation are used to support BC Children's Hospital, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children and the Child & Family Research Institute.

SOURCE BC Children's Hospital Foundation

For further information: For further information: Debora Sweeney, BC Children's Hospital Foundation, Mobile: (604) 828-4918, E-mail: dsweeney@bcchf.ca; Stephen Forgacs, BC Children's Hospital Foundation, Mobile: (604) 828-4919, E-mail: sforgacs@bcchf.ca; www.bcchf.ca

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