Radiothon hits air for kids

Nanaimo residents can help children with special needs simply by turning on their radio and then making a call.

Nanaimo residents can help children with special needs simply by turning on their radio and then making a call.

Variety – The Children’s Charity’s fourth annual Nanaimo Variety Children’s Radiothon airs live on 102.3 The Wave Wednesday and Thursday (Sept. 21-22) from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

The event introduces listeners to some of the children Variety has helped in Nanaimo as well as projects Variety has supported in the community.

All money raised over the two days stays in Nanaimo and the surrounding areas to help local children who have special needs and organizations that support children. The 2010 event raised $26,686.

“It’s great to be partnering with 102.3 The Wave for the fourth straight year and to be back in such a supportive community like Nanaimo,” said Barbie Hislop, executive director of Variety. “The kids in Nanaimo and the surrounding areas will benefit directly from this event so it is a great opportunity for the community to get involved.”

Over the last year, Variety has provided more than $30,000 in individual grants to families in the Nanaimo area. In the last six years, organizations including the Nanaimo Child Development Centre, Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation and the Errington Therapeutic Riding Association have received more than $1 million in grants courtesy of Variety.

The charity has also provided sunshine coaches, specially equipped, wheelchair-accessible vans, to the Boys and Girls Club of Nanaimo and District, Nanaimo Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission and the Nanaimo Unique Kids Organization.

 

For more information or to donate online, please visit www.variety.bc.ca.