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Variety Week on Global BC 2020: Day 1

Variety Week runs Sept. 14 to 18, 2020, on Global BC. Variety - The Children's Charity

Global News is kicking off its fifth annual Variety Week on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, highlighting stories from children and families around the province who have been helped by Variety – the Children’s Charity.

You can donate to help kids in B.C. through Variety by calling 310-KIDS or donating online. You can also text KIDS to 45678 to make a $20 donation.

Here are some of the stories we are sharing on the first day of Variety Week.

Variety Week 2020 kicks off with a major announcement – matching donations up to $500,000 thanks to Strand Development and Townline Homes. Donate this week and double your dollars to support kids with special needs across B.C.

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Variety announces matching donations during Variety Week – Sep 14, 2020
Telethon audiences first met Janelle when she was two and had just received her first hearing aids. They opened a brand new world up to Janelle, and the moment when she hears her first sounds is priceless. Find out how Variety changed her life, and helped to shape the successful young woman she is now.
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Incredible Variety Telethon memories from 2001 – Sep 14, 2020

Variety can help with a wide range of learning disabilities by funding tutoring for special needs children, and tuition bursaries to specialized schools throughout B.C. Dr. Sharon Arnold walks us through the challenges the families and children face trying to navigate the education system.

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Variety helps kids with special needs across B.C. with their education needs – Sep 14, 2020

Mason was born prematurely with a brain injury, while his twin brother was born healthy. Variety helped fund custom orthotics and a standing frame for Mason so that he can strengthen his muscles and eventually learn to walk.

Click to play video: 'Variety helps support Mason while he learns to stand and walk' Variety helps support Mason while he learns to stand and walk
Variety helps support Mason while he learns to stand and walk – Sep 14, 2020

Variety supports kids who have special education needs like tutoring and tuition for special schools. COVID-19 has put a burden on education and made learning even more difficult for kids with special needs.

Click to play video: 'Kids with special needs face more challenges during pandemic' Kids with special needs face more challenges during pandemic
Kids with special needs face more challenges during pandemic – Sep 14, 2020
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