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Variety Week on Global BC 2021 – Day 1

It's the sixth annual Variety Week on Global BC. Global News
The sixth annual Variety Week begins Monday, highlighting stories from children and families around the province who have been helped by Variety – the Children’s Charity.

Viewers can donate to help kids in B.C. through Variety by calling 310-KIDS or donating online.

And thanks to partnerships with organizations and matching donors from across the province, viewers will have a chance to double their donations throughout the week.  They can also make an automatic $20 contribution by texting KIDS to 45678.

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

Variety is giving one family in each of B.C.’s five health regions their very own wheelchair-accessible Sunshine Family Van. We meet Grace, a six-year-old girl from Kelowna who relies on a wheelchair for mobility and hear how her support systems have been affected due to COVID-19.

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Variety Week: Brand new Sunshine Family Van for six-year-old Grace – Oct 18, 2021

Variety CEO Cally Wesson joins Global News Morning to kick off Variety Week and discuss Variety’s commitment to fund private autism assessments. Donate this morning and double your dollars to support kids with special needs across B.C.

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Variety funds private autism assessments – Oct 18, 2021

Wait times for government-funded autism assessments can be between two to three years, and many families cannot afford the fee for private assessments, so Variety is providing grants for families to cover that cost. Dr. Sharon Arnold discusses the importance of this new funding from Variety, and how families will be able to get help faster as a result.

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Variety Week: Funds for private autism assessments – Oct 18, 2021

Crystal was having a hard time keeping up with her peers in her manual wheelchair, so Variety provided her with a grant for a new power wheelchair. Crystal can now be more independent and go wherever she wants, without always needing someone to push her.

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Variety Week: Prince George girl receives gift of independence – Oct 18, 2021

Tayla is a 12-year-old girl who has been previously diagnosed with ADHD and presents with many of the signs of autism. Variety’s new Autism Assessment Fund has ensured that Tayla will now have an opportunity to get a diagnosis, and a chance to access supports without having to wait years for an assessment.

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Variety Week: Autism fund grant gets Tayla help with diagnosis sooner – Oct 18, 2021

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