June/July 2008

Superheroes for a super cause

Cominco Limited donates $25 million to BC Children's Hospital Foundation


Teck Cominco "superheros" man the phones during Campaign for BC Children’s launch. From left: Mike Agg, Gaynor Downie, Doug Horswill, Don Lindsay (campaign chair) and Kimberly Hoy

Teck Cominco Limited recently announced that it will make a $25 million donation to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation to support the planned construction of a new children’s hospital in Vancouver. This is the largest gift in the history of the hospital and is the first major contribution since the $200 million Campaign for BC Children was announced on April 14.

“Giving back to the community has always been a priority for Teck Cominco,” said the company’s president and CEO Don Lindsay. “BC Children’s Hospital has touched the lives of many Teck Cominco employees over the years as well as those of families in communities across BC. This gift to the Campaign for BC Children is a natural step in our 21-year history of supporting the hospital.”

Since 1986, Teck Cominco and its employees have been active fundraisers for BC Children’s Hospital. Through popular events such as the Teck Cominco Celebrity Pie Throw, the company has donated over $3.5 million. They have also brought many others to this worthy cause via their annual Mining for Miracles campaign, co-founded in 1986, which to date has donated over $10 million to BC Children’s Hospital.

“Teck Cominco is one of our greatest friends,” said Sue Carruthers, president and CEO of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. “Every year Teck Cominco and its employees have raised the bar in terms of their support for BC’s kids.”

Priorities of the Campaign for BC Children include a new Acute Care Centre (that will be named in honour of Teck Cominco), the relocation of the childhood development and rehabilitation services, and support of Child Health BC, an initiative that is building pediatric care capacity throughout the province. Construction of the new Children’s Hospital will provide urgently needed space for critical care, including new operating rooms and diagnostic facilities.

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