February 14, 2016 8:40 pm
Updated: February 15, 2016 10:08 pm

50th annual Variety Show of Hearts telethon raises over $6.8 million

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The 2016 Variety Show of Hearts telethon raised nearly $7 million for B.C. children.

In total, $6,811,736 were raised during the live, two-day event – the 50th anniversary for the telethon.

Funds given to Variety support children across the province who are sick or have special needs. Variety gives grants for medical emergencies, therapies, specialized equipment, drug prescriptions and out-of-town accommodation and travel costs.

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WATCH: Variety Show of Hearts telethon 2016 magic moments

The first telethon was staged in October 1966 and raised $60,000, and last year’s raised $5.9 million. The Show of Hearts is the longest running telethon in Canada.

You can still donate to Variety by clicking here.

The telethon this year included live musical performances at The Centre at 777 Homer Street by Jim Byrnes, 54-40, Chilliwack, Five Alarm Funk and many more.

Variety has raised more than $24 million since 2010.

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