To provide the best care for kids, children’s hospitals rely on donations and community support, as Medicaid and insurance programs do not fully cover the cost of care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has helped fill those funding gaps by raising more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through Miracle Balloon icon campaigns. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.
Children’s Miracle Network® (CMN) raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals, 14 of which are in Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, paediatric medical equipment and research. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.
In 2017, RE/MAX Canada celebrated 25 years as a Children’s Miracle Network partner and reached $70 million in funds raised.
"With every home transaction, I donate to Children’s so they can continue their amazing work." - Tim Wray
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In 2012, mother-daughter duo, Joanne and Emily-Anne went to Collingwood School in West Vancouver with an idea: what if we could build connection, empathy and a stronger sense of community-commitment among young people while addressing one of our city’s most pressing issues: childhood hunger?
The answer was a resounding YES! from the teachers and students at Collingwood, and so Backpack Buddies was born. In the six years since, our experience connecting kids with giving and volunteerism has affirmed this idea in big ways.
Today, our team at Backpack Buddies tackles the weekend hunger gap head on by working with “buddy schools.” Students at buddy schools are responsible for raising awareness in their schools around childhood hunger, identifying Hunger Heroes in their community who will take on the cause, and investing hundreds of volunteer hours a year packing our Backpack Buddies to care for their peers in different parts of Metro Vancouver.
Last year, with the support of generous donors and a committed community, we delivered 10,925 Backpack Buddies of food to children across Metro Vancouver who otherwise would have not eaten over the weekends.
Are you surprised to learn that kids right here in Metro Vancouver are going hungry?
We feed 2,334 children every month. We work with 32 schools around the Greater Vancouver area: 15 schools that donate into our program each month, and 17 recipient schools. We depend on our Buddy Schools (donors) to ensure that our program continues to grow in impact.
"On behalf of each client and their home sale or purchase, I donate to Backpack Buddies to help
alleviate childhood hunger in BC." - Tim Wray