Donating hope

Wednesday, 10.03.2010 / 9:00 PM / Features
By Derek Jory

Sedins record the biggest assist of their careers.

Henrik Sedin is three assists shy of setting the Canucks all-time franchise record and nine helpers away from matching his own franchise mark for assists in a season.

Daniel Sedin has 10 assists in his last seven games and is six short of setting a new single season career record.

Alex Burrows and Mikael Samuelsson have both set personal bests for goals in a season, already, so they can attest to how giving the Sedins are.

BC Children’s Hospital can now as well.

BC Children's Hospital, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority that provides expert care for the province's most seriously ill or injured children, has been caring for children in one capacity or another since the BC Women’s Institute established a fund for crippled children in 1923.

Running the province’s only full-service acute care hospital, which treated more than 72,000 children last year, couldn’t be done without the generosity of donors, a list that now includes the Sedins.

On Wednesday Daniel and Henrik, together with their wives Marinette and Johanna, made a gift of $1.5 million to help build a new BC Children’s Hospital.

The twins, who have lived in Vancouver for 10 years, made their gift to support the hospital’s Campaign for BC Children, and specifically to the Intensive Care Unit and Diagnostics and Imaging area in the new hospital.

“Henrik and I, along with our families, feel very fortunate to live and work in this great city and province,” said Daniel. “We are committed to giving back to the community we live in and wanted to do something that would benefit children and families across the province.”

“Every time Daniel and I visit BC Children’s Hospital we meet kids and their parents who come from all over BC,” added Henrik. “This is our way of saying thank you to British Columbians for all the support we’ve received since we joined the Canucks.”

The Sedins’ latest assist helps BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s $200-million Campaign for BC Children, that passed the $100-million mark in December.

As the current BC Children’s Hospital was not designed with enough space to meet the needs of children with exceptionally complex conditions, the main priority of the Campaign for BC Children is the construction of a new hospital. This will include a new Emergency Department, Diagnostics and Imaging, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Operating Suites and patient rooms.

Having such high profile figures demonstrate a commitment to improving childcare in BC will hopefully urge others to get involved.

“We are delighted to receive support from Daniel and Henrik Sedin,” said Don Lindsay, chair of the Campaign for BC Children and president and CEO of Teck Resources Ltd. “They’ve supported BC Children’s Hospital for many years, with annual visits and appearances in TV ads for the hospital. British Columbians have tremendous respect for their hockey skills, and it’s great to have this opportunity to recognize them for their many contributions to the community.”

To date, BC Children's Hospital Foundation, which launched the Campaign for BC Children in April 2008, has received campaign donations from thousands of British Columbians in 223 BC communities.

For more information on the BC Children's Hospital Foundation, visit www.bcchf.ca, or http://www.bcchf.ca/campaignforbcchildren/ to donate.