NEWS RELEASE – July 19, 2013
BC Building Trades charity drive raises over $25,000 for Variety & Diabetes Research
More than $250,000 raised for charity over the last 15 years
SURREY – This week, the BC Building Trades Council, the organization that represents unionized construction workers across BC and the Yukon, raised over $25,000 for Variety – The Children’s Charity and the Diabetes Research Group at the University of British Columbia at their Charity Golf Tournament at Hazelmere Golf Club in Surrey and other fundraising.
Over the last 15 years, the BC Building Trades has raised over $250,000 dollars for charity through their charity golf tournament and annual DAD’s Day (Dollars Against Diabetes) bucket collection drives.
“Our members care passionately about these charities,” said Tom Sigurdson, Executive Director for the BC Building Trades. “We know these charities depend on stable and predictable funding to operate and that’s why the golf tournament and bucket collection drive have become an important tradition for the Building Trades.”
The money collected is funding ground-breaking research at the Diabetes Research Group. Last year, researchers from UBC used human embryonic stem cells to reverse Type 1 diabetes in mice by maturing the cells after transplant into insulin-secreting, pancreatic beta-cells.
Funds have also been collected for Variety – The Children’s Charity, which raises funds and distributes grants throughout British Columbia to inspire hope, enrich lives, and build a better future for children who have special needs.
“It’s because of help from organizations like the BC Building Trades Council, and its members, that Variety is able to do what we do,” says Jim Ross (Treasurer – Variety). “For many years the BCBTC has shown its heart to children who have special needs, making a significant impact in the lives of families across BC. The funds will go towards providing children with life-saving, life-changing and life-enriching support, helping them to live, grow and excel. I’d like to offer a special thank you to Tom Sigurdson and Nancy Antolcic for organizing this wonderful event.”
“After 15 years, it’s humbling to know that our fundraising efforts have helped to build and maintain a world class diabetes research group at UBC and have supported children who have special needs through to adulthood,” said Sigurdson.