VANCOUVER, June 2, 2013 /CNW/ - BC Children's Hospital Foundation raised
$18,353,580 for BC Children's Hospital during the 26th annual Miracle Weekend, hosted by Global BC TV on June 1-2, setting a
new record. Miracle Weekend events have raised over $206 million for
the hospital since the first Miracle Weekend was held in 1988.
Overwaitea Food Group was recognized as the largest Miracle Weekend
contributor, bringing in $2.03 million. The 28th annual ChildRun, also on June 2, brought in $1.05 million with the
support of the Wilson Family, ChildRun's presenting sponsor.
"Once again people from across British Columbia and the Yukon have made
it clear that the health of our children is a priority," said Raymond
Li, BC Children's Hospital Miracle Weekend chair. "Thousands of people
work so hard all year to support BC Children's Hospital. It's an honour
to witness that trust and commitment."
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, ChildRun, A World of Smiles Telethon on Shaw
and the 98.5 The OCEAN (Victoria) radiothon contributed to the total.
The 11-hour Miracle Weekend telethon was broadcast on Global BC - ending
with the announcement of the total at 5:30 pm on Sunday. The
Chinese-Canadian telethon and radiothon, airing on Fairchild TV, CHMB
AM1320 and Fairchild Radio AM1470 on June 1, contributed $1.15 million
to the total. The retail sector, one of many industry groups
participating, made the largest contribution from a business group in
the 26-year history of Miracle Weekend: $5.7 million.
"Our children benefit tremendously form the generosity and compassion
demonstrated by people who contribute to Miracle Weekend events
throughout the year," said Teri Nicholas, president and CEO of BC
Children's Hospital Foundation. "It is incredibly moving to see so many
donors, volunteers, families and medical staff share their stories
during this weekend of celebration."
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 dedicated to serving close to 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 81,000
children were treated at Children's Hospital. In 2012-13 BC Children's
Hospital Foundation received donations from more than 118,000 people
and had revenues of $91.9 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. For more
information visit www.bcchf.ca and follow @BCCHF on Twitter.
SOURCE: BC Children's Hospital Foundation
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