October 23, 2018 2:16 pm
Updated: October 24, 2018 12:09 am

Variety Week on Global BC 2018: Day 2

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Variety Week continues on Global BC and we are highlighting stories from children and families around the province who have been helped by Variety.

On day one of Variety Week, generous donors raised more than $100,000, meaning Variety will be able to help 40 kids.

READ MORE: Variety Week on Global BC 2018: Day 1

Our coverage of Variety Week continues below.

WATCH: Variety cannot provide all of its incredible grants without the dedication of suppliers across the province – suppliers such as Motion Specialties. Motion Specialties provides adaptive equipment and mobility solutions to children with special needs. Anne Drewa has more.

WATCH: Through the Variety Cares Program, hospitals like Surrey Memorial are able to provide new mothers with tools to help them feed their newborn babies while they are in the NICU. Jennifer Palma meets one of the mothers, and learns how a breast pump made a huge difference for her newborn twins.

Kathleen Jeffrey, principal of Coquitlam’s Mediated Learning Academy, joins Sonia Sunger in studio to discuss the need for specialized education for children with special needs, and how the ministry works with private schools to ensure kids get the attention they need.

Independent schools can be a lifeline for kids who struggle in the public education system. But that lifeline comes with a price tag, as many independent schools have expensive tuitions. With Variety’s help, many families are able to access this resource, and ensure their child gets the best education possible. Sonia Sunger has more.

WATCH: Squire Barnes introduces us to Bryan, a 16-year-old boy with hearing loss. Bryan found his hearing aids made it difficult to be in social situations. But a special device provided by Variety has enabled Bryan to participate socially, and has allowed his confidence and independence to grow.

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