Variety Children’s Radiothon garners $27,000

The Courtenay and Campbell River Variety Children’s Radiothon brought in $27,065 for local children who have special needs.

The fifth annual Courtenay and Campbell River Variety Children’s Radiothon hosted by 97.3 The Eagle brought in a grand total of $27,065 for local children who have special needs.

Callers also sponsored 265 Buddy Bears that will be delivered to St. Joseph’s General Hospital in Comox and the Campbell River Hospital. The bears bring comfort to children waiting for surgical procedures or experiencing other stressful situations.

Generous donors rallied to the cause, and had a bit of fun in the process. Courtenay Mayor Larry Jangula donated an hour of his time to answer the phone lines, which lit up as soon as listeners knew he was in the house.

Mayor Jangula made an “official decree” that a $50 donation would sponsor a Buddy Bear, and swore in volunteers June and Joni as temporary deputy mayors with the authority to act on this special offer.

Variety’s executive director Bernice Scholten has a heartfelt message for everyone who did what they could to help families with children who have special needs breathe easier:

“The success of the Radiothon is due entirely to everyone who made a donation, held a fundraising event, volunteered to answer the phones or acted as a Variety ambassador — helping to spread the word about the work we do.

“All funds raised in the Courtenay and Campbell River area will stay in these communities, and it’s wonderful to see local families helping other families. We are honoured to have helped facilitate that.”

Variety thanks 97.3 The Eagle, Chevron, Telus, Quality Foods, Old House Village Hotel & Spa, the many volunteers who donated their valuable time to answer the phones and of course, the generous donors who made this year’s event such a success.

While the Radiothon has ended, there are many ways to stay connected with Variety — volunteering, hosting a fundraiser, and joining the conversation on Facebook and Twitter are some of the ways you can show your heart to children who have special needs.

For more information, visit www.variety.bc.ca or call 310-KIDS (5437).

— Variety