Variety Club celebrated $6.8 million in donations last weekend.

Variety raises $6,811,736 for kids

It was an outpouring of support like no other at the 50th annual Show of Hearts Telethon

It was an outpouring of support like no other at the 50th annual Show of Hearts Telethon on Global BC, Feb. 13 and 14, when British Columbians showed their hearts and helped Variety – The Children’s Charity raise $6,811,736 for kids with special needs

“We’re thrilled and thankful,” says Kristy Gill, Variety’s new executive director. “People have a reputation for being philanthropic in this province but this expression of generosity exceeded our wildest expectations. We want our donors to know their contributions will go right back into their communities, directly helping friends and neighbours with kids who have special needs. The impact of their support will be felt, and it will be profound.”

This year’s 50th anniversary special was a celebration of a half-century of remarkable teamwork that built Variety, and an opportunity to introduce the charity’s vision for the future.

There were many inspiring moments throughout the two-day broadcast, including Variety’s surprise gift of a wheelchair accessible van to a single mom from Surrey. This special moment launched Variety’s 2016 campaign of providing accessible vans to more families in British Columbia.

The costs of converting a van are upwards of $50,000, often beyond the reach of many families. Information about the campaign, and how to apply, can be found at variety.bc.ca.

The Telethon has wrapped but the need doesn’t end. For those who missed the chance to donate, but would like to help kids with special needs, please visit variety.bc.ca to make a contribution.