Canucks 50/50 is back again with raffle supporting Special Olympics

Nov 5 2020, 2:35 pm

The pandemic-proof Canucks 50/50 is holding another raffle, fresh off their $1,121,400 jackpot, which awarded over half a million dollars to a lucky winner on Monday.

This time the 50/50 draw is helping to raise funds for Special Olympics BC, with tickets available online until Tuesday, November 10 at 7:30 pm PT. The Canucks for Kids Fund is running a series of 50/50 draws to help replace the funds they normally raise through in-person events. This draw will help replace the Sports Celebrities Festival, an annual gala that usually involves Canucks players rubbing shoulders with local Special Olympics athletes — though they will be holding an online event involving Brandon Sutter, Jay Beagle, and Nate Schmidt.

“The pandemic has reminded us how vital Special Olympics BC’s year-round sport programs and empowering community are to our more than 5,200 athletes with intellectual disabilities of all ages in 55 communities throughout the province,” said Dan Howe, Special Olympics BC President and CEO. “Far too often, individuals with intellectual disabilities are still marginalized and forgotten, leading to significant health challenges and social isolation — and COVID-19 has exacerbated the issues.

“In response, Special Olympics BC has launched new virtual programming to support our athletes’ health and well-being, and we are working on a safe, phased return to our life-changing in-person sport programs. The funding from the Canucks for Kids Fund 50/50 will provide critical support for these efforts that matter so much to the Special Olympics BC family, and to our mission of building inclusive communities throughout our province.”

Special Olympics BC’s mandate is to enrich the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities through the “power and joy of sport.” The organization provides year-round training and competitive opportunities in 55 communities in BC, in 18 different sports to more than 5,200 athletes of all ages and abilities.

The Canucks for Kids Fund has generated over $4.2 million for local charities during the pandemic, through online 50/50 raffles. Beneficiaries include organizations that support community nourishment, mental health, and children’s support programming during COVID-19 relief efforts.

As always, fans can select from one of four ticket pack options through the Canucks website:

  • 3 tickets for $5
  • 7 tickets for $10
  • 50 tickets for $20
  • 150 tickets for $50
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