VANCOUVER – BRITISH COLUMBIA’s mining industry has made a record contribution of over $1.2 million to BC’s Children’s Hospitala 70% increase over the 2004 amount of $703,850.
The donation, which comes from individuals across the province as well as from operating mines, mining supply companies and their employees, is a reflection of the economic turnaround in mining over the past couple of years.
This year’s $1.2-million contribution means mining joins with only two other business sectorsbanking and retail-wholesalein the ranks of the “million dollar club.” That’s quite an accomplishment given the relative size of mining with just 6,400 direct employees and less than 20 operating mines in the province. The 70% increase was the largest increase in contributions to the hospital by any business or industry sector.
"Teck Cominco and its employees were responsible for raising the lion’s share of the overall contribution," says Michael McPhie, president & CEO of the Mining Association of BC. "Their Celebrity Pie Throw raised an incredible $915,000! It was an extraordinary event in which people make donations to see pies thrown at high profile industry leaders by fellow employees. It’s great fun, enthusiastically supported and all for a good cause."
British Columbia’s mining industry has a long history with BC’s Children’s Hospital and was one of the founding committees of the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon 18 years ago.
The Mining Association of British Columbia maintains its website at www.mining.bc.ca.