With the Winter Holiday Comes Charity

With the Winter Holiday Comes Charity

Published date: Nov. 22, 2012

For 75 years, CBC/Radio-Canada has led charity fundraising activities that bring together their employees and the community to accomplish great things.

While these activities happen throughout the year, the Winter holiday season particularly calls on Canadians to help others.  From concerts and literary readings, to open house events, radio- and telethons, to auctions, bake sales, turkey drives, holiday sing-ins, and simply passing the hat, CBC/Radio-Canada is there to facilitate giving in every part of the country.

These activities raise critical funds for local charities.  They also help to build community, bringing joy to those who give and those who receive, and remind citizens about the importance of volunteering and donating.

Here is a sampling of fundraising activities in which CBC/Radio-Canada and its employees have involved themselves.

In 2011, CBC helped Canadians across the country to raise a combined total of considerably over $3.7 million for local charities and to collect 11,778 kg of food for the hungry.

Radio-Canada again participated in La grande guignolée des médias.  In concert with their francophone media colleagues, Radio-Canada employees helped to bring in more than $2.3 million from generous donors.

Newfoundland and Labrador

CBC Annual Turkey Drive:  7,015 turkeys
CBC A Christmas Carol:  $3,500

Prince Edward Island

4,600 turkeys

Nova Scotia

CBC Feed Nova Scotia Day (Halifax):  $176,248 plus 2,146 kg of food
CBC Halifax CD Sale:  $5,172
Sharing the View Calendar Sale: $67,460
CBC Cape Breton Light Up a Life Campaign:  $43,309
CBC Cape Breton Comfort & Joy Concert:  $4,513
CBC Cape Breton Annual Skating Party:  $540


New Brunswick

CBC Saint John Harbour Lights Campaign:  $152,786
Fredericton’s Information Morning Feed a Family Campaign:  $79,098
CBC Radio Moncton Tree of Hope Campaign:  $203,498
Radio-Canada Acadie Arbre de l’espoir de Radio-Canada:  $1,602,358

Québec

La grande guignolée des médias 2011 brought in nearly 22,000 bags of groceries, as well as significant monetary donations:
Abitibi-Témiscamingue:  $227,085
Agglomération de Longueuil:  $233,792
Beauce:  $13,665
Côte-Nord:  $85,014
Estrie/Bois-Francs:  $229,910
Gatineau:  $131,136
Laurentides:  $231,207
Laval:  $34,918
Mauricie:  $175,000
Montréal:  $730,700
Pontiac:  $6,294
Québec:  $207,367
Rimouski:  $100,579
Saguenay:  $233,940
Suroît:  $70,661

CBC Montreal also raised nearly $15,000 for Head and Hands.

Ontario


CBC Thunder Bay:  $4,000
CBC Sudbury:  $2,600
CBC Windsor:  $2,672 plus 1,016 kg of food
CBC Toronto:  $390,107 plus 7,144 kg of food
CBC Ottawa:  $44,747

Manitoba

15th Annual Wild Blueberry Pancake Breakfast:  $17,827
Radio-Canada Radiothon:  $113,400
CBC Winnipeg Harvesting Hope Day:  $127,365

Saskatchewan

CBC Comfort & Joy Campaign:  $113,402 (half raised by CBC and matched by the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan) plus 1,472 kg of food

Alberta

CBC Calgary Suncor Energy Food Bank Drive: $1,277,091
CBC Edmonton Turkey Drive:  $295,525

British Columbia

CBC/Radio-Canada Open House and Food Bank Day:  $456,588

For 75 years, CBC/Radio-Canada’s networks and employees have taken great pleasure in helping to make fundraising, awareness-raising and charity events a success across the country.  As the Corporation increases its regional presence through its strategic plan, 2015: Everyone, Every way, such activities will continue as part of the national public broadcaster’s contributions to strengthening Canadian society.

Join us in making this year's fundraising events a great success for Canadians!

Quick facts

    • CBC/Radio-Canada takes a lead in partnering with local communities, businesses and associations for charity fundraising activities, especially during the Winter holiday season.
    • In 2011, CBC helped Canadians across the country to raise a combined total of considerably over $3.7 million for local charities and to collect 11,778 kg of food for the hungry.
    • Radio-Canada again participated in La grande guignolée des médias.  In concert with their francophone media colleagues, Radio-Canada employees helped to bring in more than $2.3 million from generous donors.
    • In line with our strategic plan, 2015: Everyone, Every way, CBC/Radio-Canada will continue to lead fundraising activities across the country as a way to help strengthen Canadian society.
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