Variety’s Show of Hearts Telethon Returns

Variety’s ‘Show of Hearts Telethon’ Returns to Global BC

The official 60-day countdown is on for Variety – the Children’s Charity’s biggest fundraising event of the year. The 53rd Annual Variety Show of Hearts Telethon will air live on Global BC on Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 9:30 am to 5:30pm. Originating from the Molson Canadian Theatre at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver, the Telethon will be broadcast both on-air on Global BC and online via livestream at Globalnews.ca.

Throughout the eight-hour telecast, viewers will see their donor dollars in action as 7-year-old Baillie takes them to one of her physiotherapy sessions paid for by Variety. Her physio sessions along with her custom orthotics will help Baillie stay as active as possible as she battles Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a form of Muscular Dystrophy. They will also see how 4-year-old Patrick who struggles with Speech Apraxia and Goldenhar Syndrome is progressing with his weekly speech and language sessions. Additionally, they’ll witness Abby getting her first walker which will help strengthen her muscles and give her a sense of independence that the 2-year-old has never experienced.

“We’re extremely excited as we along with our incredible partners at Global BC gear up for the Show of Hearts,” said Cally Wesson, Variety BC CEO. “It truly is an amazing day where we get to see the entire province of British Columbia come together … all to help BC’s kids and their families.”

“For six decades now, we’ve been doing what we do best to support the important work of Variety,” said Kenton Boston, Vice-President, News & Information for Western Canada at Corus Entertainment. “Working with Variety is a huge part of Global BC’s commitment to helping children with special needs throughout BC.”

Award-winning online media blogger, Rebecca Bollwitt, who many know as Miss 604, will be back with her interactive Social Lounge where she and her team will be providing live #ShowOfHearts updates. Also returning will be legendary wildlife artist Robert Bateman whose stunning Mossy Branches Spotted Owl poster will be sent to those who donate $169 or more.

Last Year’s Telethon

This past February, the Variety Show of Hearts Telethon raised an astounding $5,499,269. Donations to the Show of Hearts can be made by calling toll free at 310-KIDS and online at variety.bc.ca or by texting “KIDS” to 45678 to make an automatic $20 contribution. Viewers can also register to have their own fundraising page. The online platform enables individuals and groups to connect with friends, families and co-workers in support of Variety. To sign up or to find out more information, visit supporting.variety.bc.ca/showofhearts.

For more information or to support Variety, visit our financials page, get involved with us or donate today!

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Dear Variety Family,

During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) global situation, our highest priority is the health, safety and well-being of our Variety donors, families, members, supporters, volunteers and all British Columbians.

Variety BC has been here for more than 50 years ensuring kids with special needs thrive. I would like to assure you that during this uncertain time, we will continue to be here for BC’s kids with special needs.

I also would like to provide you with an update on our response to date and our commitment to you moving forward:

  • In keeping with the BC Centre for Disease Control’s recommendations, we will be postponing all Variety events between March 16th and April 30th including our One Night in the Valley Gala on Saturday, April 4th at the Glass House Estate Winery
  • We have closed the Variety Office as a precautionary measure and are having employees set up to work-from-home. All in-person meetings will be moved to teleconference. We will evaluate working “virtually” on a week-to-week basis while actively monitoring the evolution of this global pandemic and returning to regular operating procedures once health authorities deem it safe for our staff to do so.
  • Due to our office closure, we have postponed the shipping of Robert Bateman’s Woodworkers – Pilated Woodpeckers posters and our Variety water bottles. Anyone looking for tax receipts will receive them via email
  • With the closure of BC’s schools, the need to ensure our kids are supported has never been so great. As such, our Heart of Variety Fund will continue to accept grant accept applications by e-mail.
    Like all of you, we will monitor the COVID-19 situation and communicate with you on important health and safety measures and decisions regarding events regularly.

We encourage you to stay informed by visiting BC Centre for Disease Control’s website at www.bccdc.ca and the Government of Canada’s website at www.canada.ca/en/publichealth/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.

We are grateful for your support as we navigate through this uncertain time.

Thank you,


Cally Wesson
CEO – Variety BC