Thursday, January 17, 2008

Kick Off Breakfast For Children's Hospital

This morning I went to the BC Children’s Hospital kick off breakfast for the 21st annual Miracle Weekend. This year, it will be a two-day celebration held over May 31st and June 1st. As part of the Wholesale and Retail Council, our group was there to represent.

As I looked around the room, I was impressed to see the amount of people who are a part of making a weekend like this come together. There were senior people from Global TV across the board to people who manage the catering, parking, and phone systems during the event, to name a few. They asked for a show of hands for how long people had been involved – 25 – 10 – 5, each time they counted hundreds of hands went up. This is my second year so, under 5 years you had some stripes to earn they said jokingly.

Children's Hospital Super Heroes!The theme this year is BE A SUPER HERO and the senior board at the hospital wore orange super hero capes to draw awareness and roll out the new look. Of course there was a few laughs and jokes about “where’s the tights”.

At our table, we were honored to sit with Amanda and her mother. Amanda is a recent patient at the hospital and continues to get the care she needs for her ongoing medical problems. She was quite the brave young girl, and made us all realize why we are a part of such a worthwhile cause.

This year's Miracle Weekend goalDuring the breakfast, there were videos of recent patient stories and a few words from doctors. At times you could see a few people wiping tears from their eyes, myself included.

At the end of the breakfast, the goal for this year's Miracle Weekend was unveiled: $14,730,000. I hope you can all watch and contribute is some way. Volunteers are always needed, too.