Variety Week is Back!

Variety Week Returns to Global BC

Variety – the Children’s Charity and Global BC are pleased to announce that the 3rd Annual Variety Week will take place from Monday, Oct. 22 to Friday, Oct. 26, 2018.

Throughout the week, Global BC will be showcasing the work that Variety does to help BC kids with special needs and their families. During every newscast including Global News Morning and Global News Hour at 6, viewers will meet the families who Variety has helped and get to experience firsthand how their lives have changed as a result.

In addition to calling and donating, viewers from across the province will be able to register to have their own fundraising page set up online. The new platform allows individuals and groups to connect with friends, families and co-workers in support of kids with special needs.

“There are so many kids in our province that need our assistance to thrive,” said Cally Wesson, Variety BC CEO. “Together with Global BC, we’re excited to give British Columbians another way to rally together and show their support.”

“We are proud to partner with Variety to raise both awareness and money to help those in need across British Columbia,” said Kenton Boston, VP News and Information, Corus Entertainment, Western Canada. “Together we can make a difference, reach deep in to communities and provide a bright future for kids and their families in 2019 and beyond.”

Variety Week will wrap up with Global News Hour at 6 broadcasting live from Robson Square. Last year’s Variety Week saw Variety raise an incredible $835,000. Donations can be made by calling toll-free at 310-KIDS and as well, they can be made online at variety.bc.ca or by texting “KIDS” to 45678 to make an automatic $20 contribution.

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