54th Annual Variety Show of Hearts Telethon

We’re pleased to annnounce that our 54th Annual Variety Show of Hearts Telethon raised $5,515,238. Airing live on Global BC and via livestream at Globalnews.ca on Sunday, February 9 from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, the iconic eight-hour televison event was broadcast direct from Hard Rock Casino Vancouver.

In addition to family stories and updates, viewers were also treated to musical performances by Said the Whale, Shawn Austin, Wide Mouth Mason, Todd Richard and special guests, The Tenors. Also making their “Show of Hearts” debut was actor Paul Greene and inspirational speaker Cara E. Yar Khan.

Thank you BC for your incredible generosity so we can help even more kids with special needs across the province.

Show of Hearts Sponsors

Become a Monthly Donor

Caring for a child with special needs isn’t something parents prepare for. By joining our Monthly Giving community, you can help ensure that we are always there when families need us most. Donating monthly allows Variety to take a planned, long-term approach to making a lasting impact in children’s lives. Sign up to become a Monthly Donor today and receive your very own stainless steel Variety Water Bottle!

Robert Bateman's Poster - 2020 Edition


This year for a minimum donation of just $169, you’ll receive Robert Bateman’s stunning Woodworkers – Pileated Woodpeckers poster. For an additional charge, donors will also have the opportunity to have their poster framed by GS & Company with a portion donated to Variety!

Monthly donors who are at $35/month or who increase to this level are also eligible to receive a poster after five (5) months.

Sunshine Coach


It was a Sunshine Coach reveal to remember during last year’s Show of Hearts when Variety presented a Sunshine Coach to the Take-a-Hike Foundation. This year promises to be just as memorable when our 608th Sunshine Coach will be presented to another amazing organization that supports BC’s kids with special needs. Be sure to watch and be part of the excitement while donating $1047 to become a Sunshine Coach Champion!

About Show of Hearts

The Show of Hearts has been an enduring legacy for the entire 54-year existence of Variety – the Children’s Charity in British Columbia. Proceeds from the annual broadcast event on Global BC have helped countless children with special needs.

Donations can still be made online or by texting “KIDS” to 45678 to make an automatic $20 contribution.

Social Media Toolkit

Click here to download image assets and to view sample posts for sharing on your social media channels!

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