Michael Bublé named ambassador to BC Children's Hospital Foundation Campaign



    VANCOUVER, Sept. 29 /CNW/ - International recording star Michael Bublé
has taken on the role of Ambassador to BC Children's Hospital Foundation's
Campaign for BC Children, a $200-million initiative to support the
construction of a new BC Children's Hospital and to enhance medical services
for children throughout the province.
    "For me helping BC Children's Hospital was a very simple choice," said
Michael Bublé. "My cousins have been to BC Children's Hospital, as have I when
I was a little one. Whatever I can do to help, I will do it."
    A supporter of BC Children's Hospital for many years, Michael Bublé
recently performed for over 800 people at the Bublé Gala 2008, which raised
over $2.2-million for the Campaign for BC Children. In addition, he has
participated in public service announcements for the hospital and has lent his
songs Home and Everything to the Campaign. He has made numerous quiet visits
to the hospital to meet children and their families.
    "We are privileged to have Michael Bublé on our team," said Don Lindsay,
president & CEO of Teck Cominco Limited and chair of the Campaign for BC
Children. "Michael is remarkably talented, has a great way with people, and
clearly has a deep commitment to BC's communities."
    Priorities of the Campaign for BC Children include supporting
construction of a new BC Children's Hospital on the site of the existing
hospital, the relocation of child development and rehabilitation services from
Sunny Hill Health Centre in East Vancouver to the Oak Street home of BC
Children's, and Child Health BC, a BC Children's Hospital initiative that is
building pediatric care capacity throughout the province.
    "I wish everyone could see BC Children's Hospital. It's one thing to see
it on TV and another to actually walk in and see real kids, real families,
real heartache. They need our help," said Michael Bublé.
    Construction of the new Children's Hospital will provide urgently needed
space for critical care. For example, the current operating rooms are
antiquated and do not have adequate space to accommodate the high-tech
equipment required for complex surgical procedures. And, patient rooms in the
existing hospital were not built to accommodate family members or to provide
the healing environment children need for quicker recovery.
    The Campaign for BC Children is calling on British Columbians to "Be a
Superhero" for BC's children by making a donation to the campaign. Donations
can be made online at www.beasuperhero.ca or by calling 604-333-5417 or
toll-free at 1-877-977-HERO (4376). More information on the campaign and its
priorities is available at www.beasuperhero.ca.

    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, in
consultation with 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 103,000 people last year
and had revenues of over $60.7 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.

    
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For further information:

For further information: contact BC Children's Hospital Foundation:
Stephen Forgacs, Director, Communications, BC Children's Hospital Foundation,
Phone: (604) 875-2338, 1-888-663-3033, Cell: (604) 719-4381, E-mail:
sforgacs@bcchf.ca

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