Miracle Weekend Events
RBC Run for the Kids (formerly ChildRun)
On June 5, 6,600 runners, walkers and wheelers from across the Lower Mainland enjoyed a day of exercise and family entertainment while raising money for pediatric oncology programs and mental health initiatives at BC Children’s Hospital during RBC Run for the Kids. Thanks to participants, donors and sponsors, the event raised $1,013,223. Over the past 31 years, participants have raised more than $11 million for childhood cancer programs.
26th Annual Slo-Pitch Event
Our deepest thanks to all participants and supporters who knocked it out of the park at this year’s Slo-Pitch Event. On May 27-29, 55 teams, almost 700 participants and more than 1,300 donors came together to raise $235,183 for children and families at BC Children’s Hospital. Despite extreme weather conditions resulting in the tournament’s first ever cancellation on Saturday, our supporters stayed positive. This year more than 60 participants accepted the Ledcor Challenge by raising over $500 each! Teams and fans enjoyed a fantastic weekend at Softball City, including the Aldergrove Financial Group KidZone, a silent auction, 50/50 draws, food trucks and more. For photos visit www.bcchf.ca/slopitch.
In 2016, the banks of British Columbia raised $2,002,070 for BC Children’s Hospital through their fundraising efforts. For almost 30 years, the majority of banks in British Columbia have collectively contributed more than $49 million. The banking community’s support comes from corporate contributions and employees and customers who support the banks’ diverse annual fundraising initiatives.
Retail & Wholesale Division
This year, the Retail & Wholesale Division made the largest contribution from a business group in Miracle Weekend’s 29-year history: $7,229,183. This achievement was made possible by many fundraising activities, including the sale of paper icons, golf tournaments, employee giving and events that involved staff, customers, vendors and corporate supporters. Since 1992, this division has raised more than $61 million for BC’s kids.
Real Estate & Development Division
In 2016 the Real Estate & Development Division had a very successful year, raising $1,405,000. 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 their support.
On April 28, supporters from across BC and the Yukon jeaned up in support of the 26th annual Jeans Day.™ More than 2,000 companies and schools ordered and sold buttons and lapel pins. With the support of our School Sponsor, Odlum Brown Limited, the event raised an outstanding $1,102,378 for BC’s kids!
Mining for Miracles
This year, BC’s mining community raised $1,677,686 through a variety of fundraising campaigns such as the Teck Celebrity Pie Throw, Diamond Draw, Hooked on Miracles Fishing Tournament, Jeans Day™, Slo-Pitch, and a variety of employee and corporate fundraising initiatives. Since 1988, Mining for Miracles has raised more than $26 million for BC Children’s Hospital. Funds raised by Mining for Miracles in 2015 and 2016 support the CAUSES Research Clinic at BC Children’s Hospital. The CAUSES Research Clinic provides genome-wide sequencing to support the diagnosis of rare genetic diseases. There are 7,000 known rare disorders and CAUSES uses a single genomic exam to test for them. Since the clinic opened in June 2015, more than 125 families have been seen by the CAUSES team.
Chinese-Canadian Miracle Weekend
The 28th annual Chinese-Canadian Miracle Weekend raised $718,888 for the Excellence in Child Health Fund, supporting the most urgent needs of children at BC Children’s Hospital. Radio PSAs, independent community events, the Young Ambassadors Program, and media partners all helped to raise awareness within the Chinese community about the importance of public support. A special shout-out to the corporate and media sponsors, donors, community groups and volunteers for another successful year!
South Asian Community
Generous supporters from the South Asian community together contributed $173,062 toward this year’s fundraising success. Caring members of this community - including the Golden Girls Group, Team Miracle Maya and Fruiticana - tirelessly supported the hospital by planning fundraising dinners and galas, organizing in-store fundraisers, and donating at the Vancouver and Surrey Vaisakhi parades and through the Spice Radio radiothon. Thank you for making a difference for BC’s children!
Hospitality and Tourism Industry
Companies from within the Hospitality and Tourism industry that support BC Children’s Hospital include hotels, casinos, bars and restaurants along with breweries and vineyards, cultural and tourist attractions. Businesses in this industry have supported BC Children’s Hospital for more than 30 years. This year, the industry contributed $976,198 to the hospital!
Credit Unions Division
Credit unions from across British Columbia contributed $259,381 toward this year’s Miracle Weekend. Their incredible fundraising efforts have been supporting BC Children’s Hospital since 1985 and have collectively contributed more than $3.5 million to support BC’s kids.
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