‘Variety Week’ Raises $765,594

Variety – the Children’s Charity and Global BC are thrilled to announce that this year’s Variety Week raised a total of $765,594 to help BC kids with special needs.

“Our average individual grant for a child is $2,500 so this means we’ve raised enough money to help 306 kids and their families. Truly, truly amazing,” said Cally Wesson, Variety BC CEO. “On behalf of our board, our members, our staff and volunteers and the families we’ve helped and will continue to be able to help, I’d like to thank our partners Global BC and Corus Entertainment along with our sponsors White Spot Restaurants, Will Webster & The R. Howard Webster Foundation, Connect Hearing, Maple Ridge Chrysler, West Coast Amusements, Galactic Entertainment and Miss 604 and of course, thank you to all of BC for their incredibly generous support. I’ve now been left speechless.”

“With all the challenges facing people in BC, we’re so honoured that the people of this province came forward once again to help our kids with special needs,” said Kenton Boston, VP News and Information, Corus Entertainment, Western Canada. “It’s the smallest things to the biggest things that make a difference in their lives and we’re so proud. Proud and grateful. Thank you British Columbia.”

About Variety Week

Throughout the week’s newscasts, Global BC viewers were introduced to children and families supported by Variety and saw firsthand how their lives have changed as a result. The week-long campaign culminated with the Variety Week Wrap Party at Robson Square which was open to the public and included a concession stand with hot chocolate and mini–donuts. There were also games and for the first time in downtown Vancouver, a 60-foot tall Ferris Wheel.

Global BC’s Global News Hour at 6 and 980 CKNW’s The Lynda Steele Show were both broadcasting live on-location and featured interviews with Variety families. CFOX and Rock 101 were on-site as well offering fun and interactive activities for party goers who were also treated to live entertainment by the Lions Gate Choir and UBC’s The Undeclared Majors.

Variety’s core grant areas range from mobility programs and life-saving medical equipment to specialized therapies, mental wellness and educational programs and bursaries for learning disabilities. With Variety Week marking the official kick-off to the Variety Show of Hearts Telethon, Variety is hoping that viewers will set up their own fundraising page online and connect with friends, families and colleagues in support of children with special needs and their families province-wide.

Those who missed out on making a donation during the week can still do so online or by texting “KIDS” to 45678 to make an automatic $20 contribution.

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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