Keep an eye on your mailbox! Our annual appeal letter has been sent, kicking off our fall-campaign and another season of giving back and supporting BC kids across British Columbia.
Summer is here and we hope you're enjoying the sunshine! ☼
The CKNW Kids' Fund is working hard to prepare for some very exciting events coming this fall and we can't wait for you to see what we have in store for our 75th Anniversary year.
Children of the Street Society hosted their annual Youth Art Gallery and the event was full of talented, creative, and socially aware young artists.
We are so proud to work alongside organizations that create such vital educational and artistic opportunities for youth in our community- if you are interested in learning more about the work they do or supporting them, please check out their website HERE.
Congratulations to all of the amazing artists and thank you to everyone who made it possible!
The registration site for the 2nd Annual CKNW Kids' Fund Take a Swing Golf Tournament presented by CKNW and Global Television is LIVE!
We are close to selling out so make sure to reserve your spot for our tournament- click HERE and join us for this exciting fundraiser on September 9th at the Vancouver Golf Club.
If you have any questions, please contact our Executive Director
We have an amazing community of supporters and it's because of you that we are able to create such a positive impact in the lives of children with special needs across BC.
Thank you for all of your support!
From specialized equipment, to unique forms of therapy, and healthy food options-
we cover a wide range of resources for kids living with mental, physical, and/or learning disabilities to help them achieve their full potential.
Curious where your dollar goes? Check out our Donor Impact Report
for January to June 2019 on our website HERE.
Our annual Pink Shirt Day Luncheon presented by Coast Capital Savings took place on February 22nd at the Blue Water Cafe in downtown Vancouver. With the generous support of our guests, donors, sponsors and volunteers we raised nearly $90,000, making it one of our most successful luncheons to date. These funds will go towards programs throughout BC, helping build children’s healthy self-esteem with a focus on anti-bullying and violence prevention.
For the second year in a row the Pink Shirt Luncheon took place during a surprise snow storm. Despite the snow, the afternoon, hosted by CKNW host Simi Sara, was a great success. Guests braved the elements to enjoy a delicious meal, enticing silent auction, a live auction led by the incomparable Fred Lee, and of course bubbly pink wine!
The highlight of the afternoon was the speech given by Nick Chernoff of Safer Schools. With his hands on experience with bullying in schools, he was perfectly suited to sharing more about how we can all be more kind, both in person and online.
We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the many generous donors and volunteers who made this event such a huge success. We also couldn’t have done it without our amazing sponsors. Thank you to Coast Capital Savings, Beedie, Wheaton Precious Metals, Skin Technique, London Drugs, Stong’s Market, Stittgen Fine Jewelry, Glo Skin Beauty, the Washington Kids Foundation, Brunette the Label, Blue Water Cafe, Gray Monk Estate Winery, Global News Radio 980 CKNW, and Global BC! It is amazing to see what we can achieve when we work together. And, of course a big thank you to all of our guests who ensured we had another successful year.
This year we are hosting a new event in celebration of the launch of Pink Shirt Day 2018. The cocktail reception will take place between 5 and 7 pm and will be held at JOEY'S Bentall on Wednesday January 30th where we will officially unveil the creative for this year’s campaign. CKNW on air host Jon McComb will host the event and the keynote speaker with be Russell Teibert of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
About Russell Teibert:
A versatile midfielder who can play on the left side of midfield or in a central position, Russell Teibert joined Whitecaps FC's Major League Soccer roster after signing a Generation adidas contract as a Homegrown player on March 17, 2011. The native of Niagara Falls, Ontario, was one of four players to join Whitecaps FC Residency during its second year of existence. He was named Canadian U-17 Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009, after joining the program on September 10, 2008, and has more than 20 senior international caps since making his debut with the men's national team in 2012. Teibert was awarded the George Gross Memorial Trophy as the Canadian Championship MVP after the ‘Caps won their first-ever Voyageurs Cup in August 2015. In 2016, he set a new club CC record in appearances. Teibert was named the 2017 WFC Humanitarian of the Year and the 2018 Jock MacDonald Unsung Hero.
The Pink Shirt Day 2019 campaign focus is on cyber bullying. Kindness requires no manipulation, no focusing on the negatives, and no filtering yourself. It’s simply, truly nice. For social media users, we want them to THINK before they post. We want them to ask themselves if it is: True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary and KIND.
Thank you to our generous sponsors for this event:
On Saturday, December the 8th at the Pacific Coliseum, the Vancouver Giants will be hosting their 2018 playoff rivals the Victoria Royals for the Chevrolet Teddy Bear Toss. To get in the festive spirit, they’ll be wearing limited edition Buddy the Elf themed jerseys all throughout the game!
These jerseys will be autographed and available for purchase through an online auction, until December 12th at 1:00 PM. Proceeds from the jerseys will go towards the CKNW Kids’ Fund.
Fans attending the Chevrolet Teddy Bear Toss are encouraged to bring stuffed toys, toques, mittens, and scarves with them to the game. Once the Giants score their first goal, all items can be thrown onto the ice, and from there, the donations are gathered, loaded into bins and donated to various local children’s charities.
You and a friend could be the lucky ones who experience the magical journey that is Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker performance!
With a stage of painted sets, beautiful costumes and a live orchestra, this rendition of The Nutcracker will captivate all in the audience at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
On Pledge Day, Goh Ballet’s Executive Director, Chan Hon Goh, will be on air at 4:15PM. Between 4:00-5:00PM, four pairs of tickets to December 23rd’s The Nutcracker will be given out to four lucky donors. You have the chance to win a pair!
Goh Ballet provides local dancers the opportunity to reach their goals, while enhancing the city’s cultural build. They have been a long-running supporter of ours over the years, and we are so thankful for all that they do.
Wondering what to do in Vancouver this Christmas? There’s something for everyone at the Aurora Winter Festival!
The Aurora Winter Festival is a brand new festive winter experience. The Festival features a hidden village by the North Pole filled with captivating light displays, magical characters, market huts, food gardens, amusement rides, live entertainment, as well as plenty more exciting activities and attractions. It will be held at Concord Place between November 23rd and December 30th.
We are excited to participate in the festival as one of the selected charities. Come join us between December 11th - 16th as we will be on site with holiday crafts you’ll enjoy at Santa's Workshop.
Buy your tickets between now and December 9th for the Aurora Winter Festival, and use promo code CKNWKidsFund for tickets bought for Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday nights. The promo code will donate 20% of your ticket cost (excluding taxes and fees) to the CKNW Kids' Fund. Your donation will change the lives of BC children with special needs.
We look forward to seeing you there!
We are so excited to continue our partnership with Cartwright Jewelers for another year. Susan Cartwright-Coates has been a generous donor to the CKNW Kids’ Fund and we are so thankful for her consistent support over the last 19 years.
This year, Susan has designed a trio of beautiful snowglobes exclusive to 2018. The snowglobes feature a snowman, reindeer and bear in a glass ball on top of a winter boot. Susan’s designs are thoughtfully created and sell out quickly every year. They sell for $10, and thanks to Susan Cartwright-Coates’ generosity, the entire sale benefits the CKNW Kids’ Fund. There are only 1,000 snowglobes produced annually, which makes them a beautiful collectible item for years to come.
We are fortunate to be partnered with such a charitable business, who is glad to support the CKNW Kids’ Fund every year.
Thank you, Susan and Cartwright Jewelers!
We are so excited to announce that the Pink Shirt Day Store is OPEN beginning today!
Going into it’s 11th year, our 2019 focus is on Cyberbullying.
We are so excited about this year’s BRAND NEW t-shirt design and encourage you to wear it proudly to show your support of anti-bullying initiatives. Visit the Pink Shirt Day Store to buy it NOW!
The dawn of social media brought with it a whole new way to interact, communicate, and even bully. But in this digital world where filtered photos and crafted messages can be posted in an instant, it often takes more time and effort to say something mean than it does to say something nice. Kindness requires no manipulation, no focusing on the negatives, and no filtering of yourself. It’s simply, truly nice. For social media users, we want them to THINK before the post. We want them to ask themselves if it is: True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary and KIND.
Trail Appliances are celebrating their 44th Anniversary with a fantastic sale event.
Part proceeds from every purchase until October 28th will benefit children with special needs in BC communities. Redecorate your home, and help Trail Appliances reach their fundraising goal of $10,000!
We are incredibly thankful to Trail Appliances and their customers for their generosity.
Stunning views of glaciers, wildlife, and incredible parks await you in Alaska, the land of the Midnight Sun. Sail from Vancouver on an amazing week-long cruise generously donated by our partner, Hagen’s Travel and Cruises, and help BC kids in need!
We have already been able to help hundreds of kids with special needs so far this year, and through your generosity we can help even more. We support families and children in need, providing them with funds for therapies, medical equipment, and accessible vehicle and home modifications.
Raj is an 10 year old boy diagnosed with Global Developmental Delay and blindness. He is currently home schooled for health reasons and fully dependent on others for his self-care and mobility needs. As he grows, it will be more difficult for his parents or care assistants to help him, and it was recommended that the family’s bathroom be modified for increased accessibility.
Through the support of generous donors like you, the CKNW Kids’ Fund was able to help Raj and his family. With your continued support, we can help more kids with special needs all over BC.
On September 10th, 144 golfers joined us on the green for the Take A Swing Businesses Helping Kids Golf Tournament.
In partnership with the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce, the inaugural Take a Swing Businesses Helping Kids Golf Tournament brought in over $100,000, supporting BC kids in need throughout the course of the evening. We are so thankful to all our sponsors, including our presenting sponsor McQuarrie Hunter, and the many volunteers who helped make it a great day of golfing, dining, and giving back to BC’s kids.
Special congratulations go out to Brad who made a stupendous shot for a Hole in One! He went home with a brand new 2019 MINI Clubman, generously donated by MINI Canada.
Read more about the event on Fred Lee’s Social Network in The Province here!
Tractor Foods is dedicated to giving back to the community in many ways, including providing the CKNW Kids’ Fund with catering services for the past 4 years.