11 year old Johannes has a rare form of hemophilia and can suffer from very severe and painful bleeds in his ankles and other joints, which means a wheelchair is often the only way he is able to get around. Because Johannes does not qualify for funding from the provincial At Home Program, he was using a second-hand wheelchair with brakes that didn’t work, missing cushions, and wheels that didn’t spin freely.

Thanks to a grant from Variety – The Children’s Charity, Johannes was able to get a much needed brand-new wheelchair, fitted and designed specifically with his needs in mind. And it’s not the first time Variety has been able to step in where healthcare ends for Johannes and his family.

“Variety has been a lifesaver for our family on more than one occasion,” says Johannes’s father Jamie. “When Johannes was eight months old he underwent a multi-layer laminectomy where they removed nine vertebrae to extract a large blood clot in his spine. Variety covered the cost of his brace and we never had to worry about how we would afford it.”

Now that Johannes finally has his new wheelchair, he can get around more safely and in comfort.


Herman's Story


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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 and the Government of Canada’s website at

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

Thank you,

Cally Wesson
CEO – Variety BC