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Join the Children’s Heart Network
Family memberships are $25 per year and are available to all families supporting children with heart disease. Member families will receive invitations to all CHN events and education sessions and receive our newsletter and regular updates about CHN.

Membership is also available to individuals, groups, or businesses interested in supporting the CHN. Supporters will receive newsletters and information about fundraising events and education sessions.

You can either join CHN online through Canada Helps or your can mail your cheque and membership form to our office.

Join online
CHN uses Canada Helps to process its online financial transactions. Click the Canada Helps image to go to our secure donation site and choose “Membership.” [Link to Canada Helps site]

2 Join by sending a cheque
Print a CHN membership form and mail the form and cheque to [add link https://www.childrensheartnetwork.org/Membership.pdf
Pacific Children’s Heart Network
5151 Canada Way
Burnaby, BC V5E 3N1
Please make the cheque payable to Pacific Children’s Heart Network

DONATE
Your donation to the Children’s Heart Network helps send children and youth to summer camp [link], helps connect youth to other youth growing up with health issues through the Hearts of Gold Youth Program [link], and helps CHN continue to provide support programs and educational opportunities for children and families living with congenital heart disease.

You can either donate to the Children’s Heart Network generally or donate to Mila’s Fund, which provides funding that ensures that CHN continues to provide quality summer camp experiences and that all children, regardless of family income or geographical region, will have access to camp.

The Pacific Children’s Heart Network is a registered charitable organization. Official receipts for income tax purposes will be issued for donations $25 and over.

CHN’s registered tax number: BN 139462394 RR 0001

1. Donate online
Go to Canada Helps [Add LINK] and select either Single Donation or Monthly Donation.

2 Donate by cheque
Print the Donation form. [add link https://www.childrensheartnetwork.org/Membership.pdf] Mail the Membership/Donation form and cheque to:
The Pacific Children’s Heart Network
5151 Canada Way
Burnaby, BC V5E 3N1
Please make the cheque payable to Pacific Children’s Heart Network

3 Donate through the United Way
You can make a directed donation through the United Way either as a one-time donation or through payroll deduction.
To make a payroll donation, fill out the United Way Payroll Donation Application Form. In Section 3: How I Would Like to Help the Community, check the Other box and indicate an amount to: The Pacific Children’s Heart Network. Please include our charitable business no: 139462394 RR0001

For a one-time donation, issue a cheque to the United Way with a letter indicating that you wish it to be considered as a directed donation to the Pacific Children’s Heart Network. Please include our charitable business no: 139462394 RR0001 [NEW PAGE] VOLUNTEER
As a member of the CHN volunteer team, your commitment to the organization is priceless. By volunteering your time, you are not only filling an important position in our organization, but you are also assisting us in carrying out our mission. The work of CHN would not be possible without our team of volunteers who offer their skills, experience, and time.

Who are our volunteers?
Most are parents, grandparents, and siblings from all across the province helping from their homes and within their communities. Some are students from post-secondary institutions looking for meaningful experiences. Some are professionals who bring their talents and hobbies to our families and children as guest speakers.

What do our volunteers do?
Our volunteers get involved in various ways, including helping at events, collecting donations for the CHN Wine and Dinner Gala, organizing parent coffee groups, planning community fundraisers, and serving on one of our committees. Volunteers also join the Board and help guide CHN to ensure we fulfill our mission to provide support, education, and information to children and families living with heart disease.

If you are interested in volunteering, please e-mail saitken@childrensheartnetwork.org.
[NEW PAGE] ORGANIZE A FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT CHN AND SPREAD AWARENESS ABOUT CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS
Fundraisers planned by volunteers are an important source of funds that help us continue our programs for children and families. They also help raise awareness about congenital heart disease and build support and community. If you are interested in organizing a fundraiser or have any questions, please contact saitken@childrensheartnetwork.org.
Want to hear about the experiences of other fundraising volunteers? Read their stories. [Add link to Heart Heroes Supporting CHN] Volunteer fundraisers can be as simple as a birthday wish or a bake sale. Here are some simple fundraising ideas:
Host a party. Gather your friends and family together to celebrate a special occasion like a holiday, your birthday, or even the anniversary of a child’s surgery. Instead of gifts, ask your guests to bring a donation for CHN. Many children prefer to have their birthday guests make a donation in lieu of receiving gifts [add link to fundraising heart heroes] This is a great way to celebrate your special day while promoting and supporting the work of CHN.

Hold a bake sale. Coordinate a bake sale at your school, workplace, or community centre to raise money for Children’s Heart Network. Promote that buying your treats will benefit children supported by CHN. Deck out your tables in the colors of red and white and decorate your treats with hearts to celebrate CHN!

Make a lemonade stand. When the weather is hot, a lemonade stand is a fun way for kids to raise some money. [add link to lemonade stand] Organize a recycling program at your workplace and donate funds raised to CHN. [add link] Ask a restaurant or bakery in your community to donate proceeds from a particular menu item for a month.
Organize a dance-a-thon (or yoga-a-thon or zumba-a-thon—a “thon” of any sort!) at your child’s school or local community centre. Charge a small fee and ask participants to collect pledges for Children’s Heart Network in support of their efforts.
Look into holding an office-wide dress down day to benefit the Children’s Heart Network.
Organize a garage sale or community yard sale and donate the profits to the Children’s Heart Network.
Organize a car wash.
Ask the manager at your favorite restaurant or pub if they would be willing to co-host a fundraising event or pub night in support of Children’s Heart Network (e.g., 10% of proceeds from a specific night). [add link to Fountainhead Pub] Host a bingo night or a basketball or tennis tournament. It’s a great way to build community, have fun, and raise some money.

HEART HEROES SUPPORTING CHN

Birthday Gift Donations
Chloe Isaac decided to do something very special for her 8th birthday party. In memory of her adored cousin Mila, she had her friends come and celebrate with her at Pony Meadows and suggested they forego bringing birthday gifts and instead make a donation to the Children’s Heart Network. Chloe’s friends and family raised $550!
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Rhys Isaac had his 6th birthday at the Extreme Air Trampoline Park. Instead of bringing him gifts, he asked his friends and family to make donations to CHN in memory of his cousin Mila. Rhys and Mila are pictured here at a family barbeque in the summer of 2012. He raised $485! Rhys said he wanted the contributions to go to something that “would make Mila really happy.” The money he raised goes directly toward sending kids with congenital heart disease to summer camp.

For Will Hick’s 12th birthday, he invited 20 friends to play football, soccer, and British bulldog in a local park. Instead of gifts, he asked his 20 friends to bring a donation for the Children’s Heart Network. He has a good friend, Danielle Aitken, who had heart surgery when she was a baby. Will raised $620.

Lemonade Stand
Sister and brother team Louisa and Douglas Cassidy of Vancouver ran a lemonade stand to raise funds to support CHN. Louisa learned of the Heart Network through her friend Rhys, whose cousin Mila had heart disease.
(Insert photo of Louisa and Douglas) Caption: Louisa and Douglas at work

Recycling with Heart
Tanya Lawes (mom to heart child Layna Lawes) noticed that lots of bottles and cans were getting thrown in the garbage at their family-run business Bridge Street Car Wash in Princeton, BC. So she put a special recycling box out with a sign telling their customers that all the proceeds would go to the Children’s Heart Network.

(photo of Layna)

Pub Night Fundraiser
Fountainhead Pub in Vancouver donated $857 from a recent fundraiser.

Jewellery Sales
Hege Hoegler has sold well over 800 heart bracelets since she decided to do something to raise money for the Children’s Heart Network. These sterling silver heart bracelets are $15 and are available at CHN events or in the Heart Centre at BC Children’s Hospital. If you are interested in selling bracelets and necklaces in support of CHN, please contact saitken@childrensheartnetwork.org.
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Half Marathon and 5 KM Run
Every year, the Children’s Heart Network participates in the Scotia Bank Half Marathan. In 2014, cardiologist Dr Shu Sanatani led a team that ran the half marathon while others participated in the 5 km run at Stanley Park. Dr Sanatani and his team raised $5332 for Children’s Heart Network.
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