NEWS RELEASE: BC Mining Community Raises Over $1 Million at the Celebrity Pie Throw

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwired – May 9, 2013) – Mining for Miracles, the BC mining community’s longstanding fundraising campaign in support of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, raised more than $1 million recently during its signature event, the 2013 Teck Celebrity Pie Throw.

“Thank you to Teck Resources Limited for its support of this fantastic event,” said Teri Nicholas, President and CEO of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. “The Pie Throw succeeds year after year only because so many enthusiastic industry participants step forward to fundraise and take a pie in the face in support of BC’s kids.”

The Pie Throw, held on May 2, also featured the 2013 Diamond Draw with ticket proceeds going to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. This year, one lucky individual in the mining industry won a 1.0 carat ideal square-cut diamond, valued at $17,500, donated by De Beers Canada Inc. from their Snap Lake Mine. The 2013 Diamond Draw package, worth over $22,000, includes the diamond, gold and a designer setting donated by De Beers Canada Inc., Teck Resources Limited and Andrew Costen of Costen Catbalue.

Mining for Miracles thanks everyone who supported the Pie Throw and the Diamond Draw for their generosity, in particular the hundreds of mining, exploration, development companies, service providers and suppliers across BC, Alberta, Yukon Territories and Northwest Territories, and of course employees, friends and family, who know firsthand the positive difference Mining for Miracles makes to the health of BC’s kids.

In 2013, Mining for Miracles is raising funds to support an Institutional Pediatric BioBank at the Child and Family Research Institute at BC Children’s Hospital. Biobanking is a new and indispensable research tool that holds the potential to improve treatments and find cures for diseases affecting millions of children around the world. This will be the first Institutional Pediatric BioBank in Canada and will facilitate breakthrough medical discoveries that will improve the lives of children suffering from debilitating and life-limiting diseases.

The partnership between BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Institutional Pediatric BioBank and Mining for Miracles is a leading example of how industry, institutions and not-for-profit organizations can work together to provide world class health care & services to the children and families of BC.
Please visit www.miningformiracles.ca for more information and to donate.

About Mining for Miracles

Since 1988, Mining for Miracles has raised over $21 million for BC Children’s Hospital. Every year, volunteers from the mining community work together to help improve the quality of health care for children in our province. One hundred per cent of funds raised through Mining for Miracles are directed toward specific projects at BC Children’s Hospital. Through its support of the construction of facilities and acquisition of specialized medical equipment at the hospital, Mining for Miracles is helping to keep BC Children’s Hospital at the forefront of pediatric care excellence. For more information, visit www.miningformiracles.ca.

About BioBanking

In a BioBank, a collection of biological samples is stored in an environment which will preserve them. Scientists who are members of the bank can seek permission to make a withdrawal from the bank and use the samples for research. In the last 40 years, the survival rate for children with cancer has increased dramatically from 10 per cent to 78 per cent. This advancement is due to extensive research and the development of new treatments. Similar progress has been made for other pediatric diseases. A BioBank offers researchers a “ready to use” collection of samples which are the basis of their research experiments.

Contact Information

Kiska Metals Corporation
Jason Weber
Mining for Miracles Chair
+1 (604) 669-6660

BC Children’s Hospital Foundation:
Veronika Pavlina
Philanthropy Officer
+1 (604) 875-2504
www.miningformiracles.ca

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