Issue No. 49
THE VOICE OF VARIETY
Inspiring hope and enriching lives...
Fall 2010 THE VOICE OF VARIETY
It’s been a wonderful year of
friends and fundraising!
Clockwise from top left: Buy-Low Foods’ Albert Lum and Daniel Bregg present Variety President Doug Rogers (centre) with a cheque for
$50,000; Variety kid Mackenzie H; A family enjoys a great day on the water at Vancouver’s Boat for Hope; Variety’s Executive Director Barbie
Hislop and Variety Kid Mackenzie V.
A MESSAGE FROM VARIETY - THE CHILDREN’S CHARITY
Thanks to you, Variety – The Children’s Charity has had another Okanagan, Kamloops and Vancouver. It is our way to thank you for your
busy and successful summer of fundraising throughout the support and share the stories of families and organizations that have been
province. helped because of your generosity.
From multiple Radiothons to several Boat for Hopes and even a Food Fight, We have more fundraisers and volunteer opportunities coming up this fall
donors and volunteers have been supporting Variety in droves. None of where you can continue to make an impact in the lives of so many children
these events would have been possible without your generous donations of across the province. We hope you will continue to be involved.
time, talent and treasure.
For all that you do, we greatly appreciate it and we thank you.
Donors and volunteers are incredibly important to us at Variety and vital
to the survival of any charity. Donors provide the funds while volunteers
ensure that costs are kept down. This means that the most money possible Sincerely,
is able to go directly to helping children and families throughout BC.
Over the last few months, Variety has held several Top Hat events. They have
been a wonderful opportunity to recognize our top donors and volunteers Barbara Hislop Doug Rogers
in communities across BC, including Vancouver Island, Prince George, the Executive Director President
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To find out about volunteer
opportunities in your area
and how you can get involved,
contact the Manager of
Volunteer Services at
Clockwise from top: Volunteers extraordinaire Jean List and Bernice Cook; A young Boat for Hope participant enjoys a day on the water;
Variety fundraising dynamo Vickie Ayers and Joanne Rintoul; Variety’s Manager of Volunteer Services, Maureen Curtis and volunteer Yasmin Ali.
VOLUNTEER AND FOLLOW THE FUN! By Maureen Curtis
It’s fun to work with people who love what they are doing and others volunteer their time on the dock and in the carnival. Many corporate
that makes being a manager of volunteers one of the best jobs groups find that events like these are a great way for staff to interact and
you can have. volunteer together.
A great place to meet a lot of these folks is the Show of Hearts Telethon. Variety is lucky to have great support from students and young professionals.
This January, over 2,700 volunteers came together, many of whom have not Young Variety Volunteers organized a Makeover Event at Blanche Macdonald
missed a Telethon in decades. Meeting up with old friends is a big part of Centre in Vancouver for girls who have Down Syndrome and their mothers.
the experience and every year more and more people join in on the fun. Urban Variety is always coming up with new membership and fundraising
Volunteers can visit the Variety website to register online for Telethon 2011. events, the most recent being a lawn bowling competition and party.
Volunteers have been involved in the Variety Auction and Vintage Market Variety volunteers are also busy in communities around the province, selling
presented by Buy-Low Foods for going on 29 years! Some show up the day Gold Heart pins, collecting for the Kids Coin Drive and taking donations over
of the event to help and others spend months rounding up the auction the phones at our Radiothons. It was exciting to be able to recognize these
items. Do you have a new item to donate? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and wonderful people, along with donors and sponsors, at this year’s Top Hat
let us know. events in numerous communities throughout the province.
Boat for Hope, a swashbuckling event held in Victoria, Vancouver As someone once told me, you cannot be fun unless you are having fun,
and Kelowna, attracts skippers and volunteers every June to take kids who and that is something Variety volunteers always take to heart! To those who
have special needs out on the water and give them a day of fun and laughter! volunteered their time this year, thank you! Variety is truly grateful.
Local firemen, staff from our friends at Pharmasave, Buy-Low Foods, Maple
Leaf Foods, Pacific Yachting Magazine, Teekay Corporation and a host of
Fall 2010 THE VOICE OF VARIETY
Don’t miss out on these upcoming
Clockwise from left: Two sisters and their
mom take home some goodies after a day
of makeovers; Young Variety ham it up at
the Blanche Macdonald makeover event;
A young makeover recipient.
UPCOMING EVENTS COLLECTING COINS FOR KIDS
Kids Coin Drive for Variety – Across BC Eight year old Max has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Unable to walk, he requires a
September 1st – October 31st specialized wheelchair. Variety paid for modifications to make the family van wheelchair
Making change with your change! accessible. Previously, Max often had to stay home because it was incredibly difficult to
Call 1.800.381.2040 if you would like to get get him into the car and out into the community. The van has changed his life. Now his
involved and distribute coin boxes in your area. family can take him out anytime. Max wants to raise money for Variety so that other kids
like him can receive the benefits of Variety’s help. This is why he is helping out with the
Labour Day Classic – Vancouver Kids Coin Drive for Variety.
September 6th – Hastings Racecourse
Buy a ticket for the 50/50 Draw and
Shore2Shore – Across Canada
September 7th – 21st
White Rock Firefighters will be cycling
across Canada to raise money for Variety.
Sponsor their ride by visiting
F presented by Sunday, October 17th
10am - 3pm
The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
www.variety.bc.ca It’s the 29th Annual Auction and Vintage Market! Stock up on everyday grocery items
marked at vintage prices, just like they were in the good old days! You can also get an
3rd Annual Variety Children’s Radiothon early start on your holiday shopping with our fantastic live and silent auction items.
September 8th & 9th – Nanaimo Call the Variety office at 1.800.381.2040 or visit www.variety.bc.ca to get your tickets
Tune into The Wave 102.3FM and before they sell out!
call 250-760-1220 to donate!
BC Breeder’s Cup Derby Days – Vancouver
September 26th – Hastings Racecourse
Buy a ticket for the 50/50 Draw and GOLDEN HEART
support Variety! COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENT
AWARD DINNER Wednesday, November 10th
7th Annual Variety Children’s Radiothon 6pm
October 6th & 7th – Kamloops The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Tune into B100 and call 250.372.0100
to donate! Join us for the 2010 Golden Heart Community Achievement Award Dinner presented
by Scotiabank, as we honour Variety’s incredible corporate partner, Global BC.
Visit www.variety.bc.ca for more information Call the Variety office at 1.800.381.2040 or visit www.variety.bc.ca to reserve your seats.
on any of our upcoming events. This evening is sponsored in part by Canada Wide Media Limited and Buy-Low Foods.
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What a summer!
We had a great summer
of fundraising around the
province and some incredible
new events including
Food Fight! The Battle for
Brunch and two new golf
tournaments. Thanks for your
Clockwise from top: Some friends enjoying a
day of eating and fundraising at Food Fight!
The Battle for Brunch; Gordon Food Services
presented a cheque for $3,081 to Variety from
an office fundraiser; Ramneek with her parents
at the Shore2Shore launch; Excited golfers at
the Buy-Low Foods Golf tournament.
A SHORE2SHORE STORY
This fall a group of dedicated White Rock Fire Fighters, known as
Shore2Shore, will be cycling from Halifax, Nova Scotia to White
Rock, BC to raise funds for Variety. Ramneek, daughter of White
Rock Firefighter and Shore2Shore participant, Bira, suffered a
massive stroke at age five which caused partial paralysis and a
brain injury. Due to her injuries, she was unable to participate in
the activities she used to love, like riding her bike with other kids in
the neighbourhood. Variety provided the funds for a specialized
bicycle that Ramneek could ride despite her stroke. The bike
gave her a newfound sense of freedom and independence and
was also a beneficial form of physical therapy.
HERE ARE SOME WAYS OTHERS HAVE GOTTEN INVOLVED:
Do you have an Trailwinders
A team of Canadian runners completed the toughest footrace
idea for a fundraising
on earth, the Sahara Race Egypt and collected pledges.
Raised over $8,100 this year.
event for Variety? Arlington Hotel in Port Alberni
Teams raised money through a huge scavenger hunt.
Raised over $7,000 this year.
EVENTS FOR VARIETY Gordon Food Services
Staff held a “Survivor” party with employees participating in
Organize and run your own fundraising event and donate the challenges and getting voted off the island.
proceeds to Variety. This is a great way for you to raise money Raised over $3,000 this year.
and have fun! Variety will provide you with the information and
tools you need to hold a successful fundraiser. Contact the special Blues Jam Fundraiser at Historic Dewdney Pub in Mission
events department at 1.800.381.2040 or visit www.variety.bc.ca for Blues musicians join together for a pub party.
more information. Raised over $1,500 this year.
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Inspiring Hope THE VOICE OF VARIETY
Your support has reached so many within
British Columbia and we thank you.
Kids in Fort St. John posed with their Sunshine Coach.
Julia was helped by Variety.
Julia has DiGeorge Syndrome as well as a complex heart condition
known as tetrology of fallot. When she was 7 months old she required
a major cardiac surgery so specific that it was only performed by one
doctor, who was located in Stanford, California. Variety helped with
the airfare and accommodation costs for Julia and her parents so that
she could have this important operation.
Fort St. John Friendship Society
Variety presented a cheque to St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Variety recently provided a Sunshine Coach to the Fort St. John
Friendship Society, an organization that serves 600 children who have
special needs in the Fort St. John area. The specially equipped coach
St. Joseph’s Hospital
transports the kids to after school programs as well as weekend and Foundation, Comox
summertime adventure outings.
Variety provided a grant of $67,000 for infant and pediatric critical
The Sunshine Coach has made a world of a difference in their ability care equipment for the Maternity/Child Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital
to transport the children under their care on wonderful outings, says Foundation. The life saving equipment purchased with this grant
executive director, Anita Lee. included infant ventilators, defibrillators and vital sign monitors.
SIXTEEN YEARS OF WARMTH
Betty Carlyle has been a dedicated Variety volunteer for the last sixteen
years. She loves each and every part of Variety and volunteers whenever
she can. She says it warms her heart.
From holiday fundraisers at Metrotown Mall in community and knew about the important role
Burnaby to getting up before dawn to spend that Variety played. The good feeling she gets
the day working a golf tournament, Betty has from volunteering her time is her motivation.
done it all. She volunteers for the annual Variety Knowing that she is making a difference is her
Auction and Vintage Market and the semi- reward and she feels it both in her heart and in
annual Variety lotto draws, rolls hundreds of the kind words from her friends at Variety.
Robert Bateman posters and stuffs thousands
of receipts after the Show of Hearts Telethon. Thank you Betty! You are what charity and
Before her time as a volunteer, Betty had never compassion are all about. Variety is so lucky to
had a personal association with Variety but she have you.
was aware of the organization’s presence in the
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Enriching Lives THE VOICE OF VARIETY
In the last year Variety
has provided funding to 50
organizations and over
1,300 families across British
Columbia to inspire hope
and enrich lives.
Variety assisted Eddy, who has cerebral palsy, by providing a grant for
his ankle-foot orthoses and a quickie wheelchair. Since then, Eddy has
been committed to helping other children who have special needs.
Eddy works hard fundraising in his community for Variety with the
help of his family and friends. In his spare time he loves playing sports.
Variety kid Eddy. Variety kid Kyle.
Kyle has severe anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder. This means
that he needs to make periodic visits to the psychiatric facility at BC
Children’s Hospital. Variety provided funding for flights to Vancouver
for Kyle and his family and accommodation while in the city. With the
financial burden of his diagnosis lifted, the family can concentrate
on getting Kyle the help he needs. Kyle and his family are now active
fundraisers for the Kids Coin Drive for Variety.
Reach Child and Youth
Development Society, Delta
Variety granted $25,000 for three customized Wheelchair Bicycle
Tandems for the Bicycle Loan Program, hosted through the Reach
Child and Youth Development Society and the Families of Your Society.
These bikes enable families to enjoy a recreational outing with the
The McLure family enjoys a day out on their customized wheelchair entire family and offers children with limited mobility the opportunity
bicycle tandems. to experience a sense of freedom.
THE LEGACY OF A LIFETIME
Barbara Stewart, long time Variety member, volunteer and
fundraiser, is leaving a bequest to Variety in her Will.
Having been blessed with healthy kids and tax benefits, so estate planning ahead of time is
grandkids, she hopes to make a difference in the a good idea.
lives of other children who need Variety’s help.
There are several ways you can plan to make a
Barbara strongly believes that everyone should gift to Variety depending on your circumstances.
leave a charitable donation in their Will. It is an Variety’s Legacy giving professionals are available
easy way to give and no matter the size of the to work with your advisors to make sure things are
gift, it is making a difference. She cautions that properly structured. It is your generosity that gives
it is incredibly important to put it in writing to help and hope to children who have special needs.
make sure that your final wishes are recognized. For more information on how you can change
the lives of children for years to come, call
Leaving a Legacy to Variety is a wonderful way 1.800.381.2040 or visit
to make a lasting impact on children who have www.variety.bc.ca/legacy.htm
special needs. You may benefit from substantial
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Ways to Give
CORPORATE SUPPORT EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS
Corporate support is truly vital to Variety’s fundraising success. Donate By Phone
There are many ways to get involved. Donate by calling toll-free 1.800.381.2040
From our long term friends like Global BC, Pharmasave, Buy-Low Foods, Donate Online
Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, MarketPlace IGA and White Spot Visit www.variety.bc.ca to make a secure online donation.
Restaurants to new and emerging partnerships with Teekay Corp-
oration, Terus Construction, Flight Centre, Stuart Olson Construction Monthly Giving
and Scotiabank, Variety is fortunate to have such strong corporate A simple way to make regular donations through automatic bank with-
support. These corporations and many others are invaluable to the work drawals, post–dated cheques, Visa or Mastercard. There is no minimum
Variety does. donation – every dollar helps kids in BC.
There are numerous ways to show corporate support for Variety. Try our Text Donating
employee payroll giving program or consider corporate volunteering. Text message the word KIDS to 45678 and $10 will be donated to Variety.
Hold an event and donate the proceeds to Variety or donate a certain The one-time donation of $10 will automatically be added to your cell
percent of sales for a set period or partial proceeds from a particular phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance.
product. Variety will work with you to create a unique sponsorship
program that will strategically support your marketing and branding Legacy Program
goals. Contact our Corporate Partnership Manager at 1.800.381.2040 for Leaving a Legacy to Variety in your Will is a wonderful way to make a
more information on how your business can get involved. lasting impact on children who have special needs.
Help Us Help Kids!
These coaches are donated to children’s organizations throughout the
province to help transport children in comfort and safety to places of
education, recreation and therapy. Donate a minimum of $1,047 and be
recognized with your name on the side of the Coach.
Your generous support has been vital in helping us help kids over the
years. Please consider giving again to ensure we continue to be there to
help children who have special needs. Thank you. Editor: Danielle Lucas; Copy Editors: Carla Jones, Chris Byrnes, Jessica Murray
Contributors: Barbara Hislop, Doug Rogers, Maureen Curtis
Design: Sanaz Afshar; Printing: Eaveswood Colour
With your donation, Variety can help children in many ways, including:
$30 One month of medication for a child with ADHD
$75 One month of dietary supplements for a palliative child
$150 One pair of orthotic shoes
$420 Ten days out-of-town accommodation for parents while child is in hospital
$1047 Goes towards the purchase of a Sunshine Coach with your name on it
Other $ _________________
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