Mining for Miracles, the BC mining community’s longstanding fundraising campaign for BC Children’s Hospital, raised $1,156,730 on May 18 at its signature event – the Teck Celebrity Pie Throw. Participants raised funds by volunteering to take a pie in the face while asking friends, family and colleagues to pledge their support.
This year, representatives from Teck, Goldcorp, Eldorado Gold, Atlantic Gold, Capstone, Fednav, Hatch, Golder, Fluor, Tetra Tech, CWA Engineers, Finning, Ausenco, Amec Foster Wheeler, Cassels Brock, Blakes, and the Mining Suppliers Association of BC participated in the Pie Throw. The event was hosted by Karina LeBlanc, former Canadian national soccer team goalkeeper, who provided commentary to the large crowd gathered outside the Vancouver Art Gallery. Luis Canepari and Brent Bergeron, who between them they raised an amazing $129,408.00 towards the grand total for BC Children’s Hospital, and Todd White, all gamely received a pie in the face to raise funds, helping to exceed the fundraising goal of $800,000.
“The success of Pie Throw is truly a testament to the generosity of the mining industry,” said Joanne Klein, who co-chaired the 2017 Mining for Miracles campaign. “As a former Pie Throw participant, I can tell you that friends, family and supporters of the industry make it possible, and they have done it again this year.”
Jeff Hanman, co-chair, Mining for Miracles and Vice President, Corporate Affairs at Teck also added, “For the past fifteen years, Pie Throw has brought together representatives from across the mining industry in support of BC’s sick and injured children. We were proud to exceed our fundraising goal of $800,000, which will go to creating the new TRACE program at BC Children’s Hospital.”
Mining for Miracles aims to raise $2.9 million in 2017 and 2018 to support the development of two state of the art facilities for TRAnsplantation & CEll Therapy Program (TRACE). TRACE will work towards providing children across British Columbia with personalized medicine using the patient’s own cells to prevent rejection of organ transplants, kill cancer cells and fight infection.
“The Teck Celebrity Pie Throw is such a fun, high spirited, community event that unites the mining industry for a great cause – the health and well-being of BC’s children,” said Teri Nicholas, President and CEO of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. “We can always rely on them to draw a crowd, and inspire the philanthropy that transforms the lives of children and families who rely on BC Children’s Hospital.”
The partnership of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and Mining for Miracles is a leading example of how industry, institutions and social-profit organizations can work together to provide world-class health care to children and families across BC.
Visit www.miningformiracles.ca for more information.
Luis Canepari vs Kal Ruberg, CIO, Teck
Karen Dunfee, Corporate Secretary, Teck, pies Brent Bergeron
Todd White, pie-ed by Duane Gingrich, President of Mining & Metals, Americas, Amec Foster Wheeler