VANCOUVER – TECK COMINCO and British Columbia’s mining community raised $1,083,000 on June 2 for the BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH) Foundation through the 9th annual Mining for Miracles Celebrity Pie Throw.
“We’re proud of the results this year and gratefully acknowledge the many individuals in our industry and related industries who committed their hearts, their time and their pocket books towards making this fundraiser such a phenomenal success,” said Don Lindsay, Teck Cominco’s president and CEO.
From “humble pie” beginnings eight years ago at Teck Cominco’s office in Vancouver, the Celebrity Pie Throw has grown into a major source of public and industry-supported funding for the hospital. This year, 10 industry leaders and supporters plus two doctors from BCCH took a pie for the kids, for the record total.
Since the inception of the Mining for Miracles campaign, B.C.’s mining industry has raised more than $8 million for the BCCH. Beginning in 2006 and for the next three years, funds raised by the industry will be directed towards the re-development of two BCCH operating theatres into “Smart Ors”, operating rooms that will enable the hospital’s surgical staff to treat children with minimally invasive techniques that mean less waiting and recovery time, and conversely less fear and trauma.
Readers may donate to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation at www.BCCHF.ca.