Colonel helps kids

B.C. Children’s Hospital is getting a big helping hand from The Colonel

B.C. Children’s Hospital is getting a big helping hand from The Colonel.

The Colonel Harland Sanders Charities (CHSC) has donated $1 million to support the construction of a new B.C. Children’s Hospital.

This donation brings the total raised in B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation’s $200-million capital campaign, the Campaign for B.C. Children, to more than $165 million.

“The Colonel is recognized around the world,” said Teri Nicholas, president and CEO of B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation, of the man who founded Kentucky Fried Chicken.

“Less well known is the fact that the Colonel Harland Sanders Charities has a long history of giving and has supported more than 20 children’s hospitals in North America.

“This contribution will touch the lives of thousands of children and families in British Columbia and the Yukon.”

B.C. Children’s Hospital is the province’s only full-service, acute-care hospital dedicated to serving nearly one million kids.

living in B.C. and the Yukon.

All children who are seriously ill or injured are referred to Children’s Hospital and are either treated at the hospital facility in Vancouver or, with consultation from Children’s specialists, in their home community.

In 2012 more than 81,000 children were treated at Children’s Hospital.

“I have seen how the services of B.C. Children’s Hospital improve children’s lives,” said Bill Karny, vice-president of Harland Sannders Canadian Charities, president of Harland Sanders American Foundation and a Vancouver Island resident.

“We are pleased to support the great work that the hospital does and I am proud to extend the Colonel’s philanthropic spirit with this donation.”