In 2015, Nick King with his family celebrated receiving a Variety Kid Champion Award at the charity’s 46th annual Red Heart Awards held in Burnaby.

Variety’s Show of Hearts telethon runs this weekend

Variety – the Children’s Charity’s eight-hour Show of Hearts will be broadcast on Global BC on Sunday, Feb. 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Variety – the Children’s Charity steps in where health care ends, providing direct help to children with special needs in BC and the Yukon. For over 50 years Variety has ensured children have the support to reach their potential. Their message is together, we can be there when a family needs us the most.

Since 2010 Variety has distributed more than $25 million in funding to families and organizations in communities all across the province.

Children all across the province benefit from Variety. In Campbell River, Nicholas King is an example of the work the charity does around the province.

King was born with Down Syndrome and tasks like walking have always been difficult due to low muscle strength. Variety helped King by providing funding for an Adaptive Bicycle which helped him to strengthen his muscles and build stamina. Today King swims, skates, and loves to ride his bike.

Since joining the Variety Ambassador Team in 2011, King has raised over $21,000 with the help of his family, friends, and the community of Campbell River. Although King is non-verbal, his smile says it all – he’s a happy young man with a lot of love to give to the world. He is an inspiration to everyone who knows him and has become an advocate for children in Campbell River.

Viewers of the telethon will also be able to watch via livestream at Globalnews.ca. Donations can be made by calling toll-free at 310-KIDS and also online at variety.bc.ca or by texting “KIDS” to 45678 to make an automatic $20 contribution.

For more information on how you can support Variety – The Children’s Charity, visit variety.bc.ca or call 604-320-0505.