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Abbotsford man collects funds for Variety – the Children's Charity

Bob Geddes of Abbotsford is interviewed by Mark Madryga for a segment that will air this weekend on the Variety Show of Hearts telethon.  - Submitted photo
Bob Geddes of Abbotsford is interviewed by Mark Madryga for a segment that will air this weekend on the Variety Show of Hearts telethon.
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Bob Geddes’ favourite sound is that of a coin dropping into a tin can.

That’s because it means he’s raised another few dollars for Variety – the Children’s Charity.

One of the ways that Variety raises funds for children who have special need is through the sale of gold heart-shaped pins.

Geddes, who lives in Abbotsford, has a couple of slotted cans firmly secured to his wheelchair, and he invites anyone who will listen to buy a pin or make a donation.

“It’s for the kids, they need more help,” he says. “If I sell a heart (pin) to a person, then they can help a child too.”

It all started 15 years ago when Geddes asked the activity aide at his residence if there was a way he could help other people.

After doing some research, they contacted Variety, which provided Geddes with the two cans that go with him everywhere. Raising funds for children with special needs is a year-round focus for Geddes.

Geddes knows first-hand what it means to live with disabilities – he gets around in a wheelchair and needs 24/7 care. He lives in a residence operated by Communitas Supportive Care Society and knows the importance of a caring community. He praises his caregivers there.

“They are so great,” he says. “They all care for me.”

Geddes doesn’t let his disabilities stop him from living a full life. He loves to go shopping, have coffee with friends or travel, and wherever he goes his tin cans go with him.

His efforts have given him the opportunity to appear on TV at the Variety Show of Hearts telethon.

Over the years, Geddes has raised more than $4,000 with his efforts. He’s received over $400 in donations so far this year and would love to raise $1,000.

Look for Geddes on the Variety Show of Hearts telethon this weekend, Jan. 25 and 26 on Global BC and Shaw.

And if you see Bob around town with his tin can, you can be sure that he’ll accept a donation “for the kids.”

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