Ferris Wheel at Variety Week Wrap Party

Join us in celebrating Variety Week by riding to the top of a 60-foot Ferris Wheel in downtown Vancouver!

Variety is excited to announce that Variety Week’s Wrap Party happening at Robson Square on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, will feature for the first time in downtown Vancouver, a 60-foot tall Ferris Wheel.

What: Variety Week Wrap Party
When: Friday, October 26, 12 pm – 7 pm
Where: Robson Square, 800 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1A7
Will you join us? Let us know you’re coming!

Experience the fantastic panoramic views of the city from above while helping BC kids with special needs. Open to the public, the Wrap Party will wind up Variety Week which launches on Monday, Oct. 22 during Global News Morning and concludes on Friday, Oct. 26 during Global News Hour at 6’s on-location broadcast.

Throughout the week’s newscasts, Global BC viewers will meet families who Variety has helped and will see firsthand how their lives have changed as a result. Viewers will also learn how to set up a fundraising page online. This allows individuals, groups and corporate teams to connect with friends, families and colleagues to support kids in BC.

Help us reach our goal

“As the grant applications continue to rise each year, we hope to be able to continue to help as many children with special needs as we can,” said Cally Wesson, Variety BC CEO. “Our goal during this year’s five-day campaign is to help 60 kids per day which coincides with the height of our Ferris Wheel. We’re encouraging everyone to come down and ride the wheel while at the same time, helping us reach our goal!”

“Supporting Variety is a huge part of Global BC’s commitment to helping children with special needs throughout BC,” said Kenton Boston, VP News and Information, Corus Entertainment, Western Canada. “We’re looking forward to a successful week and are eager for our viewers to see firsthand how their donations truly make a difference in the lives of not just the kids but their families as well.”

Let us know you’re coming by clicking here.

Variety’s core grant areas range from mobility programs and life-saving medical equipment to specialized therapies. Mental wellness, educational programs and bursaries for learning disabilities are a focus as well. Donate by calling toll-free at 310-KIDS as well as online at variety.bc.ca. Text “KIDS” to 45678 to make an automatic $20 contribution. And of course, donations can also be made in person at Variety Week’s Wrap Party.

Tune into Global BC for the updates! For more information or to support Variety, visit our financials page, read more storiesget involved with us or donate!


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Dear Variety Family,

During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) global situation, our highest priority is the health, safety and well-being of our Variety donors, families, members, supporters, volunteers and all British Columbians.

Variety BC has been here for more than 50 years ensuring kids with special needs thrive. I would like to assure you that during this uncertain time, we will continue to be here for BC’s kids with special needs.

I also would like to provide you with an update on our response to date and our commitment to you moving forward:

  • In keeping with the BC Centre for Disease Control’s recommendations, we will be postponing all Variety events between March 16th and April 30th including our One Night in the Valley Gala on Saturday, April 4th at the Glass House Estate Winery
  • We have closed the Variety Office as a precautionary measure and are having employees set up to work-from-home. All in-person meetings will be moved to teleconference. We will evaluate working “virtually” on a week-to-week basis while actively monitoring the evolution of this global pandemic and returning to regular operating procedures once health authorities deem it safe for our staff to do so.
  • Due to our office closure, we have postponed the shipping of Robert Bateman’s Woodworkers – Pilated Woodpeckers posters and our Variety water bottles. Anyone looking for tax receipts will receive them via email
  • With the closure of BC’s schools, the need to ensure our kids are supported has never been so great. As such, our Heart of Variety Fund will continue to accept grant accept applications by e-mail.
    Like all of you, we will monitor the COVID-19 situation and communicate with you on important health and safety measures and decisions regarding events regularly.

We encourage you to stay informed by visiting BC Centre for Disease Control’s website at www.bccdc.ca and the Government of Canada’s website at www.canada.ca/en/publichealth/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19

We are grateful for your support as we navigate through this uncertain time.

Thank you,

Cally Wesson
CEO – Variety BC