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In 2015, Canadian Pacific (CP) made a significant investment in pediatric cardiology care and research by choosing BC Children’s Hospital as its charitable partner and beneficiary of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. The tournament brought together some of the world’s top golfers and created a legacy that will benefit BC’s children for years to come. Through its CP Has Heart program, CP proudly contributed more than $1.2 million to support BC Children’s Hospital’s Heart Centre and research into childhood heart disease. A portion of CP’s contribution was raised during CP Has Heart Grind For Kids Day on July 26 when 100 participants made their hike up the Grouse Grind count twice. Participants included heart patients and their families, and medical staff from the Children’s Heart Centre. CP generously matched the money raised for a total of $39,000. BC Children’s Hospital Foundation is proud to recognize CP for its support of cardiovascular research.


With the help of Angela Burnell from Prospera Credit Union and the amazing volunteers who put in countless hours, the seventh annual Bats for a Cause slo-pitch tournament in Kelowna was the most successful to date! Twenty-two teams from across the province came together on July 26 and 27 to raise over $81,000 for BC Children’s Hospital, which brings the tournament’s cumulative fundraising total to more than $300,000. Thank you to the Bats for a Cause committee, the event’s sponsors, volunteers, all of the teams and everyone who supported the event. Please visit www.bcchf.ca/batsforacause to learn more.


On August 13, proceeds from every Blizzard Treat sold at participating Dairy Queen locations across Canada benefited Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, including BC Children’s Hospital. It was a delicious way to support BC’s kids!


From September 14 to 20, Tim Hortons locations across the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley sold delicious chocolate chunk Smile Cookies with a goal of raising $250,000. Since 2002, Tim Hortons’ customers have helped raise over $1.5 million for BC Children’s Hospital.


In celebration of National Philanthropy Day on November 17, three friends of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation received Giving Hearts Awards from the Association of Fundraising Professionals in recognition of their outstanding philanthropy and commitment to the community. Dr. Hilary and Mrs. Patsy Hui were honoured with the Outstanding Philanthropist award. The Hui family has a long history of leadership and philanthropy. Over the past 20 years, the couple has donated to many vital initiatives at BC Children’s Hospital.

Longtime BC Children’s Hospital Foundation volunteer Ming Gin received the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser award. Ming founded the foundation’s ChildRun event in 1986 and has served on the foundation’s Board and numerous committees. He has dedicated over 18,000 volunteer hours to our cause, inspiring hundreds of volunteers with his generosity, enthusiasm and exceptional leadership.


Dan Whalley, vice-president of Personal Banking at Prospera Credit Union, has taken on the role of vice-chair of Miracle Weekend. Dan will join returning Miracle Weekend chair Allen Bordeleau, vice-president of People at Overwaitea Food Group. In addition to many years of leadership in the credit union industry, Dan is actively involved in community service and philanthropy. He was a dedicated member of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Credit Union, Insurance, and Financial Services Division for three years, and was chairperson of the division in 2008 and 2009.


This year marks a huge milestone for Save-On-Foods and the Overwaitea Food Group (OFG). Not only did the company celebrate its 100th birthday, it accomplished another amazing feat at the 20th annual Classic Fore Kids golf tournament. On September 17, 360 golfers gathered at Northview Golf and Country Club to raise an astounding $1,094,270 for BC Children’s Hospital.

Since the event’s inception, the tournament has raised over $7.2 million for BC’s kids. Congratulations to all OFG team members, suppliers and vendors involved with this amazing accomplishment. All tournament proceeds support Child Health BC. In 2007, OFG became the lead benefactor to Child Health BC with a pledge of $20 million.

To date, as a result of their efforts, more than $18 million has been raised to support the Child Health BC network, which ensures all children in BC have access to a consistent standard of pediatric care, no matter where in the province they live. Thanks to this commitment, and the foresight of Save-On-Foods and Overwaitea Food Group team members, thousands of BC’s children and families benefit daily from access to specialized pediatric health services closer to home.

“Over an amazing two decades, the Overwaitea Food Group, its vendors and suppliers have brought in teams of crackerjack golfers who together have raised more than $7.2 million,” said Teri Nicholas, president and CEO of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. “With the addition of the recent tournament’s total, they have shown incredible generosity that will continue to improve the lives of children across the province.”

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