Canucks for Kids Fund gives $1 million to BC Children's Hospital

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Trevor Linden announced this morning that the Canucks for Kids Fund has donated one million dollars to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation for a new Canucks-themed playroom.

The playroom will be built in the new Teck Acute Care Centre (Teck ACC), opening in 2017. It will serve some of the hospital’s most critically ill and medically complex patients and families.

Part of the money will go to supporting child and youth mental health initiatives, and programs within the hospital’s Child Life department. The Canucks have been heavily involved in mental health initiatives, of course, since the passing of former player Rick Rypien in 2011.

“Our goal is to help as many children and families as possible in BC each year, so we are very grateful for the opportunity to extend our long-standing relationship with BC Children’s Hospital Foundation,” said Paolo Aquilini, President of the Canucks for Kids Fund in a team-released statement. “On behalf of our players, coaches, management, and fans all over BC, we hope the new playroom will provide a happy escape from daily treatments and the supporting mental health programming will improve the lives of children for years to come.”

“The important work of the Canucks for Kids Fund is deeply woven into the fabric of our hospital and in our community. We are immensely grateful for this extraordinary commitment,” said Teri Nicholas, president and CEO of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. “The new playroom will benefit so many children and families and most importantly, provide them with a space removed from medical treatment and enjoy the healing benefits of play.”

The Canucks have been involved in numerous charitable initiatives for a long time and have been particularly involved with the Children’s Hospital. Henrik and Daniel Sedin donated $1.5 million to help build a new Children’s Hospital back in 2010.

The Canucks for Kids Fund shares a longstanding partnership with BC Children’s Hospital. They have funded childhood diabetes research, urgently needed equipment, and various mental health initiatives – as well as provided the hospital with substantial in-kind and promotional support.

The Canucks for Kids Fund has granted more than $50 million to charities throughout BC since 1986. The Fund serves more than 121 different charitable organizations and is dedicated to assisting charities that support children’s health and wellness, foster the development of grassroots hockey and facilitate and encourage education in British Columbia.

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