Caring for Kids Radiothon Raises Record $1.9 Million!

9 year total at $13.4 Million for the Alberta Children's Hospital

CALGARY, Feb. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Listeners of the 9th annual Country 105 FM and Q107 FM Caring For Kids Radiothon once again responded with overwhelming generosity, setting a new record for the annual event. Tonight, during a finale simulcast, on-air personalities from both stations announced that their three-day event raised over $1.9 million for the Alberta Children's Hospital, bringing the overall radiothon total to more than $13.4 million!

75 families whose children have received life-changing and life-altering care from the Alberta Children's Hospital shared their stories on air as their way of saying thank you to their doctors, nurses and therapists. Country music star and former nurse Paul Brandt again co-hosted with the Country 105 FM announcers and sang for everyone in hospital.

"What a great way to celebrate the amazing work of our caregivers and the tremendous spirit of the children and families in our hospital," says Saifa Koonar, President & CEO of the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation. "We are so grateful to have a radio partner so open to sharing its airwaves to benefit kids and families in our community."

"Over these three days, we met some remarkable families and heard some truly inspiring stories," says Phil Kallsen, Director of Country Programming, Corus Radio Alberta. "Once again, our listeners amazed us with their incredible generosity."

The Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation raises funds for excellence in child health, research and family centred care. Through the generosity of donors, the Foundation provides funding for innovative programs, state-of-the-art equipment, advanced medical training and internationally-recognized pediatric research.

The official phone bank sponsor of this year's event was Brookfield Residential - committed to creating communities with passion and integrity for over 50 years.

Radiothon is a Children's Miracle Network initiative. Children's Miracle Network is a non-profit organization helping kids by raising funds for 170 children's hospitals across North America. In Canada, Children's Miracle Network raises funds for 14 children's hospitals, and has raised more than $200 million since its inception. www.childrensmiraclenetwork.ca

Radiothon is sponsored by Foresters™ across North America.  Founded in 1874, Foresters™ helps individuals and families achieve financial security with its innovative portfolio of life insurance products and annuities. Foresters shares its financial strength with its members, who are customers, through complimentary life, health and education benefits that help its more than 735,000 eligible members and their families in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Foresters provides opportunities that inspire its members to make a difference in their communities. www.foresters.com

SOURCE Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation

For further information:

Justine Clay, Manager, Community Engagement 
Ph. (403) 955-8824 or jclay@achf.com 

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