Beyond being seen in community parades as clowns, driving mini cars or on colourful floats, for 112 years the Shriners of BC and Yukon have been engaged as a philanthropic organization raising funds to provide paediatric health care for children in need.
The Shriners Hospitals for Children is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children through innovative research and outstanding teaching programs. Children up to 18 years old with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lips or pallets are eligible for care and receive services in a family oriented environment at no charge, regardless of financial standing.
Apart from their hospitals, for the last 13 years, Shriners have operated a small fleet of Canadian made, custom-fitted in B.C., child patient transportation buses called Care Cruisers. The Shriners Care Cruisers pick up sick children from all over the province, for medical assessment and/or treatment in Vancouver at BC Children’s Hospital, BC Women’s Hospital and BC Cancer Centre. Sick children requiring immediate orthopedic or other specialized treatments are frequently sent to Shriners Hospitals for Children in Spokane, Portland or Montreal.
The efforts put forth by the Shriners have been so impactful on society that NHL great, King Richard Brodeur, has personally expressed his appreciation. In a recent letter addressed to the Shriners, Brodeur quoted, “Your devotion to helping these kids and helping them try to achieve some type of normal life thru your Shriners Hospitals for Children and your wonderful Care Cruiser transportation system is truly heart warming.”
Throughout his NHL career, Brodeur had a passion for painting—a passion which he chose to keep secret from the NHL, because he felt being an artist had no correlation with being an elite NHL goaltender. Brodeur believes his paintings were meant to heal and help, and therefore he has donated a painting to capture his feelings about the Shriners care for children:
“Watching over the Children”
All entrants must be 19+ to play the Shriners Cash Calendar and receive a 1/4500 chance to win a $1,000 grand prize. The purpose of the Shriners Cash Calendar is to fund the Care Cruiser buses, here’s how to enter:
1. Purchase a $20 calendar to be entered in the Shriners Cash Calendar Draw
2. Winners are posted monthly online www.bcshriners.com
3. Prizes are mailed out monthly to the purchasers last known address
4. Proceeds are for the benefit of the Shriners child patient transportation fund as administered by the Shriners of BC & Yukon Child Services Society
Every week from Monday-Friday a cash prize of $25 will be given away, every Saturday & Sunday cash prize of $100 will be given away, and on January 1, 2015, July 1 and December 24, a grand prize of $1,000 will be given away.
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