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Variety Week on Global BC 2020: Day 4

On the 1990 Variety Telethon, Michelle Rintoull appeared with Bob McGrath as he sang the young girl an emotional song. Years later, the two reunited on the telethon. Global News

 

The fifth annual Variety Week continues Thursday, 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 fourth day of Variety Week.

WATCH: Hearing aids, Continuous Glucose Monitors and medical equipment for home support are not always covered under MSP and can be taxing on a family’s finances. BC Diabetes Medical Director Dr. Tom Elliott explains why CGMs in particular can save the lives of diabetic children, and why funding from Variety for CGMs is crucial.

Click to play video: 'Variety helps with costly medical supplies' Variety helps with costly medical supplies
Variety helps with costly medical supplies – Sep 17, 2020

WATCH: On the 1990 Variety Telethon, Michelle Rintoull appeared with Bob McGrath as he sang the young girl an emotional song. They appeared on posters together to promote the show, along with Michelle’s loveable Variety doll. 27 years later, the two reunited on the Telethon. Relive that magical moment and find out how Michelle has overcome her challenges to become a successful paralegal.

Click to play video: 'Catching up with Variety’s 1990 poster child' Catching up with Variety’s 1990 poster child
Catching up with Variety’s 1990 poster child – Sep 17, 2020

WATCH: Six-year-old Maram has been receiving funding for speech and language therapy and occupational therapy for the past two years, thanks to help from Variety. However, her grant ends next month and she is on a waitlist for additional funding, leaving her family unsure if Maram will be able to continue her much-needed therapies.

Click to play video: 'Maram requires regular occupational therapy' Maram requires regular occupational therapy
Maram requires regular occupational therapy – Sep 17, 2020

WATCH: Hearing aids have come a long way due to advancements in technology, and thanks to Variety, kids with hearing loss can have access to these life-changing devices. Sixteen-year-old Patrice recently received a new pair of hearing aids, which are discreet and allow her to connect to devices through Bluetooth.

Click to play video: 'New hearing aids offer the latest in technology' New hearing aids offer the latest in technology
New hearing aids offer the latest in technology – Sep 17, 2020

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