For The Kids

BC Business Magazine - - Create A Legacy -

The many char­i­ties ben­e­fit­ting chil­dren are di­verse, but they have one thing in com­mon: they help give young ones back their child­hood.

Such is the case with Va­ri­ety—the

Chil­dren's Char­ity of BC. Its Va­ri­ety Kids Can cam­paign builds on the or­ga­ni­za­tion's goal of step­ping in where health care ends to help kids with special needs. Launched ear­lier this year, the cam­paign is geared to at­tract more fund­ing to­ward Va­ri­ety's core grant ar­eas, with funds going to­wards mobility pro­grams, spe­cial­ized ther­a­pies, men­tal well­ness, ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams and bur­saries for learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties, plus life­sav­ing med­i­cal equip­ment and sup­plies. The cam­paign was kicked off by an ini­tial $1 mil­lion do­na­tion by the Milan and Mau­reen Ilich Foun­da­tion, with the goal of $2.5 mil­lion raised.

Kristy Gill, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Va­ri­ety, says: “There are more and more chil­dren who have special needs with par­ents who don't have the fi­nances to sup­port them, and we need to step in.”

The prob­lem be­comes ap­par­ent when one learns that even sim­ple de­vices such as hear­ing aids aren't cov­ered by govern­ment care.

To for­tify the ser­vices it pro­vides, Va­ri­ety is seek­ing to ex­pand its Le­gacy Com­mit­tee with as many as 10 vol­un­teers from the le­gal, es­tate fi­nance, and in­vest­ment realms, to help ed­u­cate po­ten­tial donors about the or­ga­ni­za­tion's pro­grams and en­sure that their gifts have the most ben­e­fi­cial out­comes.

It should be noted that Va­ri­ety's cur­rent ini­tia­tives aug­ment a con­sis­tent his­tory of mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to chil­dren in need: launched in B.C. in 1966, Va­ri­ety has since 2010 dis­trib­uted over

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