Chinese-Canadian Community Pledges $5-Million Toward New BC Children's Hospital
Operation Superhero raise funds for Oncology Inpatient Unit in new Hospital
April 20, 2010 - Vancouver, BC - The Chinese-Canadian community is rallying to help build a new BC Children's Hospital. The community has launched Operation Superhero - a $5-million fundraising initiative to support the construction of the Oncology Inpatient Unit in the new BC Children's Hospital. Operation Superhero is in support of BC Children's Hospital Foundation's $200-million Campaign for BC Children.
Members of the community, including many who volunteer year after year for BC Children's Hospital Foundation, together with sponsors of the annual 2010 For Children We Care dinner gala and Chinese-Canadian Miracle Weekend, will use these well-established events as well as new initiatives and appeals to reach the $5-million goal.
"The Chinese-Canadian community has a long history of supporting BC's children," said Sue Carruthers, president and CEO of BC Children's Hospital Foundation. "In the past 15 years, this community has raised over $39 million for BC Children's Hospital. I am thrilled, but not surprised, that they are stepping forward once again to help us build a new hospital."
Today, the survival rate for childhood cancer exceeds 80 per cent. Although more children are surviving cancer than ever before, cancer still kills more children in North America than any other disease.
"We are so proud of the level of commitment and dedication that is demonstrated by the Chinese-Canadian community. Simply put, their support will provide an environment designed to meet the highly specialized needs of children suffering from cancer," said Sandy So, a member of BC Children's Hospital Foundation's board of directors.
About BC Children's Hospital
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, with consultation from 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 120,000 people last year and had revenues of over $61.3 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.
About the 2010 For Children We Care Dinner
The For Children We Care Dinner is an annual gala organized by BC Children's Hospital Foundation and members of the Chinese-Canadian community to support BC Children's Hospital. Nearly 1,000 distinguished guests gather every year at the black tie event for a night of fine dining, live entertainment and a silent auction. This year's event is chaired by Ms. Ludia Li, and will be held on Saturday, May 8, at the new Vancouver Convention Centre.
About the 2010 Chinese-Canadian Miracle Weekend
The Chinese-Canadian Miracle Weekend is a part of BC Children's Hospital Miracle Weekend. This annual fundraising campaign is organized by members of the Chinese-Canadian community to support BC Children's Hospital. The event has a distinguished history in the Chinese community and has raised more than $7.5 million for sick and injured children and youth over the past decade. This year's campaign is co-chaired by Dr. Boon Wong and Ms. Mena Wong. A variety of fundraising activities are already underway, and the campaign will end with on Saturday, June 5 with a telethon on Fairchild Television, and radiothons on Fairchild Radio AM1470 and CHMB AM1320, from 8:00 pm to 12:00 am.
About the Campaign for BC Children
Priorities of the Campaign for BC Children include construction of a new hospital - including an Emergency Department, Diagnostics and Imaging, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Operating Suites and patient rooms; the relocation of childhood 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.
BC Children's Hospital Foundation launched the Campaign for BC Children in April 2008. At that time Premier Gordon Campbell announced provincial government support for the plan to rebuild the hospital and relocate Sunny Hill. To date, BC Children's Hospital Foundation has received campaign donations from thousands of British Columbians in 223 BC communities. The community has contributed in excess of $100 million to date toward the $200-million campaign.
For more information, please contact:
Stephen Forgacs, Director, Communications
BC Children's Hospital Foundation
Sunny Leung, Senior Philanthropy Officer
BC Children's Hospital Foundation