Miracle Weekend Events
30 Years of ChildRun
On May 31, a record 6,900 runners, walkers and wheelers from across the Lower Mainland enjoyed a day of exercise, family entertainment, and fresh fruits and veggies while raising money for pediatric oncology research and treatment at BC Children’s Hospital during the 30th annual ChildRun. Thanks to the support of participants, sponsors and volunteers, the event raised $1 million. Over the past three decades, ChildRun participants have raised more than $10 million for childhood cancer programs at BC Children’s.
Chinese-Canadian Miracle Weekend
The 27th annual Chinese-Canadian Miracle Weekend raised $740,000 for the Excellence in Child Health Fund, supporting the most urgent needs of children at BC Children’s Hospital. A month-long campaign in May focused on educating the Chinese community on the importance of donations and the transformation that takes place in the lives of BC’s children as a result of donors’ generosity. The organizing committee is grateful to the corporate and media sponsors, donors, community groups and volunteers for another successful year.
Mining for Miracles
In 2015, BC’s mining community raised $1,834,235 through the Teck Celebrity Pie Throw, the Diamond Draw, the Hooked on Miracles Fishing Tournament, Jeans Day™ and Slo-Pitch, and a variety of employee and corporate fundraising campaigns. Since 1988, Mining for Miracles has raised over $25.2 million for BC Children's Hospital. Funds raised by Mining for Miracles in 2015 and 2016 will support the development of the CAUSES research clinic at BC Children’s Hospital to support the diagnosis of rare genetic diseases in children who would otherwise require numerous tests or who might not be diagnosed at all.
On April 30, thousands of supporters from across BC and the Yukon wore their jeans in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Jeans Day™. Schools and businesses ordered over 230,000 $5 buttons and over 38,000 $20 lapel pins and, with support from our School and Hockey Card Program Sponsor Odlum Brown Limited, the event raised $1,200,177 for BC’s kids!
Retail & Wholesale Division
This year, the Retail & Wholesale Division made the largest contribution from a business group in Miracle Weekend’s 28-year history: $6,699,143. This outstanding achievement was made possible by a large number of fundraising activities, including the sale of paper icons, golf tournaments, employee giving and many other events that involved staff, customers, vendors and corporate supporters. Since 1992, this division has raised over $53 million for BC’s kids.
25th Annual Slo-Pitch Event
Our deepest thanks to all participants who knocked it out of the park at this year’s 25th annual Slo-Pitch Event! More than $274,000 was raised May 22-24. This year 54 teams from different industries took part; 74 participants accepted the Ledcor Challenge and raised over $500 and an additional 59 participants became Silver Sluggers by raising $250 or more. There was fun for the whole family including the Aldergrove Financial Group KidZone, a daily barbecue, silent auction and more.
In 2015, the banks of British Columbia raised $2,043,914 for BC Children’s Hospital through their fundraising efforts. Over the past 25 years, the majority of banks in British Columbia have collectively contributed more than $46 million. The banking community’s support comes from corporate contributions and employees and customers who support the banks’ various annual fundraising initiatives, including bake sales, barbecues, spin-a-thons, and karaoke and pub nights.
Development & Real Estate Division
The Development & Real Estate Division had another successful year, raising $1,300,040. A large portion of this total is raised by RE/MAX of Western Canada, one of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s national partners through Children’s Miracle Network. The industry also organizes the annual Building for Kids Charity Golf Classic event and supports the Building for Kids signage program. Other initiatives such as corporate contributions and employee giving campaigns round out the support received from this generous industry.
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