Dear friends of the Children’s Heart Network,

Normally at this time of year, we would invite you to our Annual Wine Gala and Dinner. Sadly, due to COVID-19, we won’t be able to host the event. This year we are hoping to raise funds in support of our heart warriors and families through donations, an online auction, and sponsorships. The proceeds will go towards our important youth program, camps, CPR classes, and a range of other services that help our member families in their lifelong journey with heart disease.

Ways that you can help:

  • Donating the funds you might normally use towards your gala ticket (or any amount) and receive a tax receipt
  • Becoming an official sponsor

To do either, please go to chnevents.org.

Note: As a Gold, Silver, Bronze, or Associate Sponsor, we will publish your name and/or company logo on our website as a major supporter until the end of April 2022, or we can provide a tax receipt. If you would prefer to use a cheque, please select the offline solution.

We are also looking for donations for our online auction in April (certificates for experiences, gift cards, wine, or other items.) We encourage you to share this with anyone you think might want to support heart families in BC. Please contact Hege if you have a donation for the auction at hhoegler@childrensheartnetwork.org.

For those who are not familiar with CHN’s programs, here is some information about what we do:

Did you know that 1 in every 100 children is born with congenital heart disease? Congenital heart disease is the most common organ malformation, and every year another 500 families in BC will receive the unfortunate news their child has a heart defect. Thousands of BC heart families have been supported by CHN. We are a non-profit organization that collaborates closely with the Heart Centre at BC Children’s Hospital, and through education and support we work to enhance the lives of children, youth, and families affected by congenital heart disease.

Due to the pandemic, many of our CHN children are being homeschooled and have no direct social interaction with their peers. Even during normal times, these kids often face daily challenges: exercise limitations, the need for multiple medications or treatments, and fewer opportunities to socialize. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for some of our children and teens to become depressed and/or develop anxiety. In pre-COVID-19 times, our camps and monthly youth meetings provide an opportunity to help combat these challenges by building confidence and friendships and offering experiences that help them move forward in life.

Over the last year, our Hearts of Gold youth group has been arranging monthly social evenings online. We send out care packages with fun activities and treats, including bingo, crafts, face painting, cookie decorating kits, and more! We have held virtual s’mores-making nights (using candles), gingerbread house–building contests, and scavenger hunts. Most importantly, we provide an opportunity for our youth to support each other and be together. They connect with others who are facing similar challenges and who understand how it feels to be different, which in some cases has become more evident during COVID-19 times. We held a virtual magic show and Christmas Party for all our member-families, which brought a lot of joy. In addition, we continue to host virtual parent support groups, provide online education sessions, and fund CPR training. We hope to get back to hosting in-person camps for children and families by this fall.

Please find below two links to recent interviews with Global News that focus on our Hearts of Gold youth group:
https://www.childrensheartnetwork.org/kristi-coldwell-global-news/
https://globalnews.ca/video/6593889/health-matters-childrens-heart-network

Please consider donating or purchasing a sponsorship that will allow us to continue supporting BC heart families. You can make a difference for a family going through some of their most difficult times, and you can give a child with challenges an opportunity to connect with similar peers.

Sincerely,

The Children’s Heart Network of BC Society
Registered Charity Tax # BN 139462394
https://www.childrensheartnetwork.org/