BC Mining Community Kicks Off 2013 Fundraising for BC Children's Hospital

BC Mining Community Kicks Off 2013 Fundraising for BC Children's Hospital 
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/28/13 -- Mining for
Miracles, BC's mining community's longstanding fundraising campaign
for BC Children's Hospital Foundation, kicked off 2013 fundraising
with the launch of the Diamond Draw at the Mineral Exploration
Roundup Conference January 28 in Vancouver. 
De Beers Canada Inc. has generously donated a diamond in support of
the 2013 Diamond Draw. The diamond is a 1.0 carat ideal square cut De
Beers Snap Lake Mine diamond, valued at $17,500. The Diamond Draw
package is worth over $22,000, including the diamond, gold and
designer setting donated respectively by De Beers, Teck Resources
Limited and Andrew Costen of Costen Catbalue. Mining for Miracles
thanks these supporters for their generosity. 
"Mining for Miracles works closely with BC Children's Hospital
Foundation to make donations count. We support research, capital
investment and the provision of outstanding health care at the many
centres of excellence within BC Children's Hospital," says Jason
Weber, 2013 Chair of Mining for Miracles. "Over the past 25 years
BC's mining industry has raised more than $20 million for the
children and families who visit the hospital, and 100 per cent of the
funds raised by Mining for Miracles go directly to the areas of
In 2013 Mining for Miracles will be raising funds to support an
Institutional Pediatric BioBank at the Child and Family Research
Institute at BC Children's Hospital. Biobanking is a new and
indispensable research tool that holds the potential to improve
treatments and find cures for diseases affecting millions of children
around the world. This will be the first Institutional Pediatric
BioBank in Canada and will facilitate breakthrough medical
discoveries that will improve the lives of children suffering from
debilitating and life-limiting diseases. 
As in previous years, the success of Mining for Miracles depends on
the generosity of individuals and corporations throughout the
province. Donations can be made through employee and corporate
fundraising initiatives or through fundraising events such as Jeans
Day(TM), the Diamond Draw, Slo-Pitch Tournament or the Teck Celebrity
Pie Throw, taking place on May 2, 2013. 
Visit www.miningformiracles.ca for more information and to donate. 
About Mining for Miracles 
Since 1988, Mining for Miracles has raised over $20 million for BC
Children's Hospital. Every year, volunteers from the mining community
work together to help improve the quality of health care for children
in our province. One hundred per cent of funds raised through Mining
for Miracles go toward specific projects at BC Children's Hospital.
Through its support of the construction of facilities and acquisition
of specialized medical equipment at the hospital, Mining for Miracles
is helping to keep BC Children's Hospital at the forefront of
pediatric care excellence. For more information, visit
About BioBanking 
In a BioBank, a collection of biological samples is stored in an
environment which will preserve them. Scientists who are members of
the bank can seek permission to make a withdrawal from the bank and
use the samples for research. In the last 40 years the survival rate
for children with cancer has increased dramatically from 10 per cent
to 78 per cent. This advancement is due to extensive research and the
development of new treatments. Similar progress has been made for
other pediatric diseases. A BioBank offers researchers a "ready to
use" collection of samples which are the basis of their research
Mining for Miracles Chair:
Kiska Metals Corporation
Jason Weber
(604) 669-6660 
BC Children's Hospital Foundation:
Veronika Pavlina
Philanthropy Officer
(604) 875-2504
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