BC Businesses Show Their Support for BC's Kids

    VANCOUVER, June 12 /CNW/ - BC businesses and their employees played a
leading role in helping BC Children's Hospital raise the record-setting
$14.7 million total announced at the conclusion of the hospital's Miracle
Weekend telethon June 2-3.
    The final tally following the hospital's Miracle Weekend shows that four
industry sectors topped the million-dollar mark in donations to the hospital's
Miracle Weekend. The top four industry division contributors raised
$7.7 million - over 50 per cent of the $14.7 million Miracle Weekend total.
    The Retail/Wholesale division led the way, raising $3.1 million. The
Mining division raised $1.9 million. The Banking division contributed
$1.7 million and the Real Estate and Development division contributed
$1 million. These contributions comprise dollars raised through, for example,
corporate and employee participation in various BC Children's Hospital
Foundation events and events undertaken independently by the divisions on
behalf for BC Children's Hospital, employee-driven fundraising initiatives and
in-store promotions. The total does not include corporate gifts made by
individual companies directly to the foundation.
    "The way BC's business community rallies to support BC's kids is
amazing," said Robin Ross, Costco Wholesale's regional marketing manager,
Western Canada, and 2007 Miracle Weekend vice-chair. "So many members of our
business community have ties to the hospital, and even those who don't share
the belief that our kids deserve the best care possible."
    Costco Wholesale, a Retail/Wholesale division member, set a new precedent
when employees presented a cheque for $1 million during Miracle Weekend.
    "We have enjoyed support from the business community for decades," said
Sue Carruthers, president and CEO of BC Children's Hospital Foundation. "Many
companies and their employees have supported the hospital since before it
opened its doors in 1982. Tens of thousands of members of the BC workforce put
their hearts and souls into raising money to help our kids. It's a remarkable
demonstration of compassion and commitment."
    Led by Miracle Weekend Chair Tim Clark, vice president of V-1500
Holdings, the Miracle Weekend executive and fundraising cabinet comprised
leaders from across the business community.
    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.

    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: 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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