Variety raises over $28,000

Annual telethon raises thousands from generous donors in Campbell River and the Comox Valley

For the 4th year in a row, Variety – The Children’s Charity and 97.3 The Eagle reached out to the people of the Comox Valley and Campbell River, requesting support for the charity.

The results serve to prove the size of the hearts of the communities, who contributed $28,474 to help children with special needs and their families.

“It has been a privilege to work with Variety again on our fourt annual Radiothon,” says Richard Skinner, operations manager at The Eagle. “It’s always so heartwarming to see our listeners come through in such a generous way. The people of Vancouver Island are known for their generosity, but the folks in Campbell River and the Comox Valley region really outdid themselves. We hit $8,000 on the first day, and flew past that mark with the extra $20,000-plus on the second day.”

Volunteers came from all over the region to “man” the phones during the two-day, 12 hour radiothon.

“It’s extremely important to note that all of the money we raise stays in the community. Every dollar donated goes to help your neighbours,” says event co-ordinator Lexa Betson. “We had a lot of fun with groups challenging other groups to meet or beat donations.”

138 Buddy Bears, adorable stuffed teddies that each represents a collective donation of $200, will be distributed to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox, Campbell River Hospital and Powell River Hospital to comfort children in need.

Variety wishes to thank everyone in the community who supported the Radiothon and acknowledges its generous sponsors: 97.3 The Eagle, Old House Village Hotel & Spa, Canadian Direct Insurance, Quality Foods Courtenay, Kal Tire and Telus.