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Communities rally for Variety

Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star Volunteers Paula Dekker (right) and Jacquie Hansen answer calls during the annual Kiss FM Variety Children’s Radiothon Thursday afternoon at the radio station. Nearly $23,000 was raised during the two-day fundraiser. - Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star
Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star Volunteers Paula Dekker (right) and Jacquie Hansen answer calls during the annual Kiss FM Variety Children’s Radiothon Thursday afternoon at the radio station. Nearly $23,000 was raised during the two-day fundraiser.
— image credit: Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star

Generous donors tuned in to the ninth annual Variety Children’s Radiothon on 107.5 Kiss-FM and helped Variety – The Children’s Charity raise $22,874, showing how strong an emphasis the community places on supporting one another.

The funds raised over the two-day event Wednesday and Thursday will provide much needed support to families with children who have special needs in Vernon and surrounding communities.

Examples of the type of assistance Variety has given to families in the past include tutoring for learning disabilities, physiotherapy, medication and travel and accommodation costs for children receiving specialized treatment at out-of-community hospitals.

“Once again, Vernon and other communities in the North Okanagan have come forward to show their neighbours they’re not alone,” said Bernice Scholten, executive director at Variety.

“Families tell us that Variety helps to alleviate the stress that comes with worrying over how to manage the bills, allowing them to focus on their child’s needs. We can only do what we do because of our donors, and to them we say ‘Thank You.’”

Vernon’s Katia Zaretaski was one of those donors.

The Grade 5 student at Alexis Park Elementary School rallied her classmates to help with a bottle drive, and with a matching donation from the school’s PAC, raised $154.30 for the radiothon.

She then topped it up with a personal donation of $110, collected from her birthday party and paper route money.

Katia has been doing whatever she can to help others since she was five, and has a strong understanding of the fear that surrounds an emergency health scare. Two years ago she was rushed to hospital in Vancouver with a severe case of pneumonia.

Having her parents by her side during the three-week ordeal made all the difference in the world, and she wants to continue to help other children in a similar situation.

Variety would like to thank its generous sponsors including 107.5 Kiss-FM, Telus, Kal Tire, The Jammery, Surg-Med, Vernon Morning Star, Bannister Honda and Bannister GM Vernon.

Variety raises funds throughout the year and is happy to assist individuals or groups wanting to make a significant impact in their communities.

To hold a fundraiser for Variety or to make a donation directly, please visit variety.bc.ca.

 

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