Locals contribute to $5.5 million telethon fundraiser for B.C. kids


Unifor locals, National and B.C. Regional Council donated $ 11,000 of the grand total of $5.5 million raised at the Variety Show of Hearts telethon in British Columbia.

“The services Variety provides touch the lives of countless children facing serious illnesses or special needs, and their families,” said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Regional Director. “Members played a central role in this fundraising initiative, fulfilling our union’s broader social mandate to contribute meaningfully to our communities.”

Variety, the children’s charity in B.C., funds medical emergencies, specialized equipment, therapies and out-of-town accommodation and travel costs for children and families all across the province. Locals 114, 2002, 780G, 3000, 2200 and 601 made generous donations towards the cause, which surpassed the 2018 total.

“The Show of Hearts has been an integral part of Variety’s legacy and we are honoured to have been able to contribute towards such a worthy cause,” said Gord McGrath, Unifor Local 114 President.

This year’s eight-hour broadcast featured singer-songwriter Shawn Hook, Canadian fusion group Delhi 2 Dublin, country music trio The Heels and a special appearance by George Takei of Star Trek fame.

While the telethon has ended, donations can still be made online here, toll-free by phone at 310-KIDS, or by texting “KIDS” to 45678 to make an automatic $20 contribution.