Mining Community Raises $1.15 Million for BC Children’s Hospital at the 2017 Teck Celebrity Pie Throw

May 18, 2017 – Vancouver, B.C. – Mining for Miracles, the BC mining community's longstanding fundraising campaign for BC Children's Hospital, raised $1,156,730 on May 18 at its signature event – the Teck Celebrity Pie Throw. Participants raised funds by volunteering to take a pie in the face while asking friends, family and colleagues to pledge their support.

This year, representatives from Teck, Goldcorp, Eldorado Gold, Atlantic Gold, Capstone, Fednav, Hatch, Golder, Fluor, Tetra Tech, CWA Engineers, Finning, Ausenco, Amec Foster Wheeler, Cassels Brock, Blakes, and the Mining Suppliers Association of BC participated in the Pie Throw.

"The Teck Celebrity Pie Throw is such a fun, high spirited, community event that unites the mining industry for a great cause – the health and well-being of BC’s children,” said Teri Nicholas, President and CEO of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. “We can always rely on them to draw a crowd, and inspire the philanthropy that transforms the lives of children and families who rely on BC Children’s Hospital.”

“The success of Pie Throw is truly a testament to the generosity of the mining industry,” said Joanne Klein, co-chair, Mining for Miracles and Vice President, People at Goldcorp. “As a former Pie Throw participant, I can tell you that friends, family and supporters of the industry make it possible, and they have done it again this year.”

“For the past fifteen years, Pie Throw has brought together representatives from across the mining industry in support of BC’s sick and injured children,” said Jeff Hanman, co-chair, Mining for Miracles and Vice President, Corporate Affairs at Teck. “We were proud to exceed our fundraising goal of $800,000, which will go to creating the new TRACE program at BC Children’s Hospital.”

In 2017 and 2018, Mining for Miracles will raise approximately $2.9 million to support the development of TRACE. TRACE will work towards providing children across British Columbia with personalized medicine using the patient’s own cells to prevent rejection of organ transplants, kill cancer cells and fight infection.

Mining for Miracles funding will establish two state of the art facilities for the TRACE program, giving children in British Columbia access to the best and most current cell therapies and enabling BC Children’s Hospital and its Research Institute to develop new and better cell therapy and transplantation technologies. 100% of funds raised at Pie Throw will go to developing TRACE.

The partnership of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and Mining for Miracles is a leading example of how industry, institutions and social-profit organizations can work together to provide world-class health care to children and families across BC.

For more information please contact:

Jeff Hanman Mining for Miracles Co-Chair 604-354-5230

Joanne Klein Mining for Miracles Co-Chair 604-696-3047

Pamela Smith BC Children’s Hospital Foundation Communications Specialist 604-875-2345 x 5547 psmith@bcchf.ca