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Variety BC’s ‘Boat for Hope’ Docks in Burnaby
Please enjoy the Boat for Hope 2021 Video
Variety – the Children’s Charity is pleased to announce that this year’s Boat for Hope will take place on Sunday, September 12.
Due to COVID-19 and the restrictions put in place by the BC Health Authorities, last year’s Boat for Hope was revamped as a drive-through event on the rooftop parking lot of Coquitlam Centre. This year’s event will take place in the parking lot of Burnaby City Hall where each corner of the lot will be decorated as a “Treasure Island” with many pirate volunteers awaiting the arrival of special needs kids and their families.
Families who have been helped by Variety BC will once again be invited to drive through from the comfort of their own vehicles as the children are greeted by “swashbuckling pirates” while receiving loot bags. Additionally pre-packaged refreshments will be provided to all the families.
“We are so excited for this year’s Boat for Hope,” said Cally Wesson, Variety CEO. “With the generous support of local skippers, the business community, volunteers and of course, our phenomenal Boat for Hope Committee, we will once again be able to provide a memorable day for kids with special needs … and not just the kids but for the families as well.”
Similar to last year, measures will be taken to ensure the health and safety of all attendees. The committee is working closely with the BC Centre for Disease Control to stay up to date with the frequently updated regulations and the full event plan has been approved by Fraser Health and the City of Burnaby.
Variety’s Boat for Hope Committee takes great pride knowing that since they launched their first Boat for Hope in 1999, the annual event has gone on to raise over $2.5 million for BC’s kids with special needs. For additional event information and sponsorship inquiries, contact Aly Karim, Variety Events & Volunteers Manager at 604.268.3889 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Rick Cassels, Committee Chair at 604.318.4431 or email@example.com or visit
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About Variety the Children's Charity
For over 53 years Variety has been stepping in where healthcare ends, providing direct help to children with special needs in BC. In 2019 we supported over 4300 children and their families by providing access to the equipment, tools, services and specialized educational programs they need to survive and thrive. When a child with special needs has their unique needs met, they are able to participate in their society, which positively effects the entire community! Variety aspires to work to the greater goal of ensuring no child is left behind, regardless of economic or physical constraints.
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