Radiothon raises big bucks

The third annual Comox Valley/Campbell River Variety Children’s Radiothon raised $35,632 last weekend.

The third annual Comox Valley/Campbell River Variety Children’s Radiothon raised $35,632 and 207 Buddy Bears, surpassing last year’s total by close to $6,000.

The two-day event was broadcast live on The Eagle 97.3 FM on July 12 and 13.

The Variety Children’s Radiothon introduced listeners to some of the children Variety — The Children’s Charity has helped in the Comox Valley and Campbell River areas as well as local projects Variety has supported. All money raised over the two day Radiothon will stay in the communities to help local children who have special needs and organizations that support children.

“Variety is thrilled with such a great total this year! It has been wonderful to see the community get behind this event — from volunteering their time to calling in donations,” said Barbie Hislop, executive director of Variety — The Children’s Charity. “We also really appreciate all of our new sponsors who have supported the Radiothon this year as well as our long time sponsors who are there for us year after year.”

Over the past four years, Variety has granted close to $65,000 to families in the Comox Valley and Campbell River areas. The money has been used for specialized equipment, medicine, therapies and accommodation and travel costs associated with a child’s medical emergency.

Since 2009, Variety has also provided over $73,000 in organizational grants to the St. Joseph’s General Hospital Maternity/Child Unit for critical care equipment as well as the Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society.

Many local citizens volunteered their time during the event, including North Island MLA Claire Trevena and Courtenay mayor Greg Phelps. Sponsors Brian McLean, Central Builders and Pharmasave all supplied enthusiastic volunteers as well.

The Variety Children’s Radiothon was supported by local sponsors including The Eagle 97.3, Best Western Westerly Hotel, Quality Foods, Brian McLean, Central Builders and Kal Tire as well as dozens of local volunteers.

— Variety — The Children’s Charity

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Most categories of crime held steady from year to year in Cumberland. File photo
Cumberland crime numbers hold steady year to year

A few categories had notable changes but many were similar to 2019

The colourful Taylor’s Checkerspot butterfly has been reintroduced on Hornby Island, BC. Photo courtesy the Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly Recovery Project.
Checkerspot Butterfly Recovery Project releases more caterpillars on Hornby Island

Chris Junck Special to Black Press The number of Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies… Continue reading

Paper Excellence took over Catalyst Paper operations in B.C. in 2018. (Paper Excellence photo)
The Baynes Sound Connector leaves Denman Island en route to Buckley Bay. Photo by Erin Haluschak
Baynes Sound Connector undergoing upgrades

The MV Quinitsa is providing service between Buckley Bay and Denman Island

B.C. Centre for Disease Control maps showing new COVID-19 cases by local health area for the week of April 4-10. (BCCDC image)
Parksville-Qualicum passes Nanaimo in new COVID-19 cases

Greater Victoria had more new cases than any other Island area: B.C. Centre for Disease Control

Rainbow trouts thrashing with life as they’re about to be transferred to the largest lake of their lives, even though it’s pretty small. These rainbows have a blue tinge because they matched the blue of their hatchery pen, but soon they’ll take on the green-browns of their new home at Lookout Lake. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
VIDEO: B.C. lake stocked with hatchery trout to delight of a seniors fishing club

The Cherish Trout Scouts made plans to come back fishing soon

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The following is a list of restaurants offering take-out and patio dining. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
List of Comox Valley restaurants offering take-out, patio dining options

Restaurants in the Comox Valley continue to adapt to government-imposed restrictions in… Continue reading

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry prepares a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic, April 21, 2020. (B.C. Government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate persists, 1,005 new cases Friday

Hospitalization up to 425, six more virus-related deaths

B.C. Premier John Horgan greets Lt. Governor Janet Austin's dog Macduff as she arrives to present the throne speech at the B.C. legislature, April 12, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C. Premier John Horgan gets AstraZeneca shot, encourages others

27% of B.C. residents have now been vaccinated against COVID-19

The Nautical Dog Cafe at Skaha marina is getting its patio ready in hopes Mother Nature will provide where provincial restrictions have taken away indoor dining. (Facebook)
‘A lot of instability’: B.C. restaurants in layoff limbo

As COVID-19 cases stay high, restaurants in British Columbia are closed to indoor dining

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on as Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland responds to a question during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Expectations high as Trudeau Liberals get ready to unveil first pandemic budget

The Liberals will look to thread an economic needle with Monday’s budget

John Furlong, Own The Podium board chairman and former CEO of the Vancouver Olympics, addresses a Vancouver Board of Trade luncheon in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday November 25, 2015.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
John Furlong presents 2030 Winter Games vision to Vancouver Board of Trade

Vancouver and Whistler would remain among host sites because of 2010 sport venues still operational

Photo by Metro Creative Connection
New campgrounds coming to B.C. parks as part of $83M provincial boost

This season alone, 185 campsites are being added to provincial parks, says Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Most Read