VANCOUVER – Mining for Miracles, the BC mining community’s longstanding fundraising campaign for BC Children’s Hospital, raised more than $1 million on May 7 at its signature event, the Teck Celebrity Pie Throw. Participants raised funds by volunteering to take a pie in the face while asking friends, family and colleagues to pledge their support.
This year, representatives from Teck, Goldcorp, New Gold, Golder Associates, AMEC Foster Wheeler, BLG, McMillan, Hatch, Finning, Ausenco, AME BC and MABC participated in pie throw. B.C. Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett also got into the act, challenging the audience to raise $10,000 to “pie a politician”. The industry happily obliged, raising the $10,000 so that Minister Bennett could receive a pie in support of BC kids.
The Pie Throw also featured the 2015 Diamond Draw benefiting BC Children’s Hospital. The winner received a diamond package, valued at over $16,000, including a 1.20-carat cushion cut diamond, gold and a designer setting donated by C3 Alliance Corp., Teck and Costen Catbalue.
Funds raised by Mining for Miracles in 2015 and 2016 will support the development of the CAUSES Clinic at BC Children’s Hospital. The new CAUSES Clinic will provide diagnostic DNA testing of rare genetic diseases.
The CAUSES Clinic’s single test will reduce the number of invasive tests required.