Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC has committed $1 million to BC Children’s Hospital – and the team can thank its fans for all the inspiration.
Through the club’s 50/50 program and other initiatives, the funds will help create a Whitecaps FC-themed playroom within the surgical inpatient ward of the new Teck Acute Care Centre, to open in 2017. The ward will care for children recovering from surgery.
Funds will also go toward the purchase of new anesthesia monitors for the hospital. These machines are required for performing complex life-saving procedures on children. The equipment purchases will be funded over five years through Whitecaps’ 50/50 draws at home games and other charitable initiatives.
“We are thrilled to be entering into a long-term partnership with BC Children’s Hospital Foundation,” said Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi. “This new partnership enables us to create a legacy. Together with our fans, we look forward to enriching the lives of patients treated at the hospital.”
“We are deeply grateful to Vancouver Whitecaps FC for this commitment,” said Teri Nicholas, president and CEO of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. “The lives of so many children and families from across BC and the Yukon will change for the better as a result of this gift. This five-year partnership shows that Whitecaps FC are committed to making a difference today and in the years to come.”