This weekend on January 25th and 26th, an army of volunteers will be at their stations for BC’s 48th annual Variety Telethon.
The event is a marathon of giving as British Columbians pause for a moment to listen, share and work together for a better future for children with special needs.
And at the calm center of Variety’s universe will be White Spot – the BC based restaurant that was founded by Nat Bailey in 1928.
White Spot is a key partner with Variety in giving back by providing meals to everyone volunteering their time for the telethon.
Bill Senghera from White Spot has personally been involved with Variety for over two decades. He oversees the feeding of the volunteers on behalf of White Spot Restaurants at the Annual Telethon.
Over the last number of years he has served on the Executive as the 1st and 2nd Vice President.
In November 2013, he was elected as the President of the board overseeing Variety.
“Variety is the longest running telethon in BC at 48 years – White Spot has been involved with the telethon for 47 of those years,” said Senghera who is currently working as a Business Consultant/Risk Manager with White Spot.
“Variety is a uniquely BC based charity. We are there for those families with special needs - last year we helped over 1200 families, aside from helping a number of other local charities through grants.”
Looking ahead into the future, Senghera stressed that the charity will continue to help British Columbia families with special needs.
“We want to be the charity of choice. All the money we raise stays in BC and our focus remains on the kids of BC.”
Last year generous donors helped Variety raise over $7 million.
In 2013, Variety’s fundraising efforts helped buy new equipment in hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Units, expensive life-saving medications, physical therapies, mobility and communication devices and educational bursaries to special schools.
The programming lineup this year includes performances by internationally renowned artists including Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, Elton John, and “Journey of Man”, a visually stunning celebration of life presented by Cirque Du Soleil.
Watch your favourite Global BC personalities on January 25th at 7:00 p.m. to January 26th at 5:30 p.m. and make a pledge by calling 310-KIDS. Donations can also be made online at www.variety.bc.ca
A recipe for success
What does it take to feed an army?
As far as the grocery list goes, here’s what White Spot donates to fuel the folks who bring you the show each year.
Over 140 staff from various White Spot restaurants around the Lower Mainland volunteer their time to run the cafeteria.
• 3,500 Triple O Burgers
• 45 gallons of soup and chowder
• 1200 sandwiches
• 120 sheet cakes/desserts
• 750 cookies
• 500 muffins
• 40lbs tomatoes
• 100 lbs lettuce
• 10 lbs onions
• 175 cases of water = 4,200 bottles
• 350 flats of pop = 8,400
Plus 4000 cups of coffee!