Speaking of People
BMO employees bowl and sing their hearts out
In February BMO Bank of Montreal set out to accomplish big things with its annual fundraising for BC’s kids with Lanes & Lyrics: The ‘80s Edition. The event rallied branches across the province and the Yukon – from White Rock to Whitehorse – to work together and raise funds. As a result of employees’ efforts, 36,000 blue paper hearts were sold in BMO branches and 920 employees from 12 cities showed off their bowling skills in the “Lanes” part of the event, to raise funds. And on April 11, over 500 tickets were sold for the “Lyrics” karaoke night. A total of $225,000 was raised, far surpassing employees’ original goal. BC Children’s Hospital was honoured to be one of two beneficiaries of this event. You rock, BMO!
Making waves on Vancouver Island
Thank you to the Vancouver Island community for raising $182,199 at the 13th annual Ocean 98.5’s Radiothon for Kids – the highest total in six years! Funds raised go to the Excellence in Child Health Fund to support the most urgent needs of BC Children’s Hospital. The two-day event, broadcast live from Victoria’s Hillside Centre, featured emotional and inspirational interviews with Vancouver Island families who have been supported by BC Children’s. Many thanks to the staff at Ocean 98.5 for their continued support, to Vancouver Island listeners for their generosity, and to Hillside Centre for the venue.
On March 31, major donors to the Campaign for BC Children got a sneak peek at some of the patient rooms and clinical care areas in the Teck Acute Care Centre. Life-sized mock-ups were constructed to give caregivers the opportunity to test the configuration of the spaces and to provide a last round of feedback before construction of the areas begin. The mock-ups were outfitted with real medical equipment, light fixtures, patient beds and more to give caregivers an experience as close to real life as possible. The rigour applied to the design process demonstrates the hospital’s ongoing commitment to building the most effective and family-centred facility possible.
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