Partners in Caring - Variety - the Children's Charity and TELUS

March 9, 2015
They say it takes a village to raise a child. The same can be said of equipping a great hospital. At BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre, the exceptional health services it offers women and critically ill newborns wouldn’t be possible without the generous, committed support of major donors – donors like Variety - The Children’s Charity and TELUS.

Variety - The Children’s Charity, a charitable organization focused on helping children in BC who have special needs, has long been a generous supporter of BC Women’s. Most recently Variety donated more than $1 million to the Newborn ICU Campaign for the purchase of state-of-the-art incubators, ventilators and cardio-respiratory monitors for the NICU.

“At Variety, we see each child who has special needs as a champion, and we’re inspired by the courage and determination with which they meet their challenges,” says Bernice Scholten, executive director of Variety – The Children’s Charity. “We’re proud to be a part of the healthcare team at BC Women’s, helping our province’s most fragile babies receive the support they need to survive and thrive. And we’re thrilled to celebrate each little victory as the children grow.”

Recently, TELUS, one of Canada’s leading telecommunications companies, also made a major commitment to the Newborn ICU Campaign for new specialized equipment and technology. TELUS is donating $600,000 to the campaign supported by its “Pinkies for Preemies” social media campaign and their presenting sponsorship of the Hope Starts Here Gala. Over the past 5 years, TELUS has provided more than $1.4 million to BC Women’s Hospital.

“We like to direct our funds to areas that involve new technologies that will support better health outcomes,” says Jill Schnarr, TELUS Vice President of Community Affairs. “TELUS helps provide solutions and networks to help transform the healthcare system in Canada, and because BC Women’s is focused on babies and women’s health, they make an incredible difference in supporting entire families to be healthier.”

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