Chilliwack Chiefs launch major fund raiser for Philippines relief

In addition to a telethon Nov. 21, the team will accept donations at their home games on Nov. 15, 16 and 23.

Chilliwack Chiefs players and executives are encouraging their fans and Chilliwack residents to join them in supporting the efforts of the humanitarian coalition in delivering desperately needed aid to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan which has left thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless in the Philippine Islands.

Under a banner of “Chiefs to the Rescue,” the BCHL team players will man telephones in a four-hour telethon on Thursday, Nov. 21 – from 3 to 7 p.m. on the club’s home radio station 89.5 The Drive.  Drive announcer Bobby Ferris will be broadcasting live from the Chiefs’ office at Prospera Centre as players take calls and pledges from Chilliwack residents.

The telethon is also being supported by the local Shaw television channel and network as well as by the city’s two newspapers, The Progress and The Times.

In addition to the telethon, the Chiefs will accept donations at their home games on Nov. 15, 16 and 23 – the final day of the fund-raising event.

All proceeds (any costs will be covered by the Chiefs and Prospera Centre) will be directed through the Humanitarian Coalition, a joint effort of CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Plan Canada and Save the Children Canada.

“When we see a city larger than Vancouver virtually wiped off the map and hear stories of desperation and pain like we have been witnessing on television over the past week – how can we not step up and do something to help?” said Chiefs’ president Glen Ringdal.

“Just as we care for personal crisis in our own community, we care for victims in far-off lands when tragedy of this magnitude occurs.  We hope the efforts of our club and our media partners will provide caring Chilliwack people with an easy and direct way to show their compassion.  Simply by clicking on the websites of the Chiefs or any of our media partners, our supporters will find a link to our group donor page  – Chiefs to the Rescue.  Donations will go directly to the Coalition and receipts issued immediately when requested for gifts of $10 or more,” he said.

Just Posted

Chilliwack Chiefs erase three goal deficit in overtime win

Down 3-0 to the Cowichan Capitals, the Chiefs came back to win 4-3 in the BCHL Showcase match.

Chilliwack man feeling helpless about puppy stolen while at church

Evidence of neighbour trespassing and accusing him of dog neglect not enough for RCMP

UPDATE: Missing Chilliwack man has been found

Chilliwack RCMP is thanking the public for keeping an eye out

UPDATED: Chilliwack councillor’s expenses being sent to the RCMP

Decision to have expenses audited and shared with RCMP taken at special meeting of council

Risk of thunderstorm this afternoon for Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland

A special weather statement calls for heavy rain and wind over the next 48 hours

Conservation officer frees B.C. deer from flotation gear mishap

BC Conservation Officer Service is reminding residents to keep backyards clear of entanglements

Ottawa to name new ambassador for women, peace and security, Freeland says

Chrystia Freeland also confirmed Canada would spend about $25 million to fund number of initiatives

‘A little bright spot:’ Ottawa residents rescue dog trapped beneath rubble

Freelance journalist says rescue of a dog trapped under rubble was happy ending amid chaos in Ottawa

B.C. deaf community wants different sign languages on federal accessibility act

Advocates also want Indigenous Sign Language to be recognized on the Indigenous Language Act

Remainder of Vancouver Whitecaps season filled with ‘must-win’ games: coach

With Vancouver currently sitting four points out of a post-season spot, each contest is crucial

VIDEO: B.C.-born firefighter remembered by MP in emotional speech

Family asks first responders to look after one another in wake of suicide, growing concerns of PTSD

Airline has ‘close call’ with drone while en route to B.C. airport

Jazz Aviation reported the drone sighting near Vancouver to the RCMP and Transport Canada

Tragic accident claims life of B.C. toddler

Fundraising effort has been created to help mom and family

B.C. nanny charged with sex abuse of 3 children

Saanich Police seek potential victims of Johnathon Lee Robichaud from Central Saanich

Most Read