About Variety Kids Can

Empowering you so that Kids Can

Variety Kids Can is a celebration of the remarkable achievements made every day by the kids Variety BC helps, thanks to the generosity of our donors.

Launched in March of 2017, the campaign will attract more funding towards Variety’s core grant areas, as well as provide new opportunities to expand on the ways we can help the kids and families we serve. Funds raised go towards:

  • The Mobility Program
  • Specialized Therapies
  • Mental Wellness
  • Educational Programs & Bursaries for Learning Disabilities
  • Lifesaving Medical Equipment & Supplies

The help that Variety – the Children’s Charity provides in every corner of BC is the foundation of our organization. Parents of children with special needs often require extra support and Variety is where they turn.

Now, we ask you to please help us help kids by supporting the Variety Kids Can campaign and be among those very special people in the province that can say:

More and more BC families with children who have special needs are counting on us. Support Variety Kids Can so we can continue to be the organization parents can turn to when their child needs help.

The Challenge & the Match

The goal of Variety Kids Can is to raise $2.5 millions for families who have kids with special needs. To kick off the campaign, the Milan & Maureen Ilich Family Foundation presented Variety with an astounding donation of $1 million.

On behalf of the Foundation, Rick Ilich challenged others in the community to step up:

“The Milan & Maureen Ilich Family Foundation felt that this was the right year to make a very special gift for kids with special needs and their families. We invite other organizations and individuals to join us today in supporting Variety, so they can always be there to help kids be kids.” – Rick Ilich

… and that’s just what Vancouver entrepreneur and philanthropist, Shafin Diamond Tejani did, with a half million matching contribution challenge of his own!

“I am very pleased to announce that I will provide matching funds to the amount of $500,000, so that together with other individuals and organizations we can raise another million for the benefit of kids and families across British Columbia.” – Shafin Diamond Tejani

Now it’s up to you to step up and help us reach our goal!

Rich Ilich, centre, presents $1 millions to Variety BC CEO Kirsty Gill, right. Also pictured, grant recipient Natasha Golinsky.

The Case for Support


Join us on social media! Use the hashtags #Igive and #VarietyKidsCan to share the reasons you donate, or share an inspirational story of a child overcoming an obstacle. Funds raised will go towards the Variety Kids Can 5 pillars of support.


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