CKNW Orphans' Fund

CKNW Orphans' Fund

June 06, 2013 17:11 ET

CKNW Orphans' Fund Host 3500 Children at PNE's Playland

Special needs children from over 260 schools attend annual summer event

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - June 6, 2013) - For the last 41 years, the CKNW Orphans' Fund has hosted a collective 95,000 special needs children at the annual summer event. Yesterday, June 5th provided a day of fun for 3,500 children facing a variety of physical, mental, social and behavioural challenges.

"This is a day where children can be just children. They can forget about what current issues they are challenged with and just have a great time," says Jen Schaeffers, Executive Director, CKNW Orphans' Fund. "These are children that wouldn't have the opportunity to attend Playland like many others, due to their financial limitations or current special needs that make it too much of a challenge for their parents or caregivers to take them for a regular day at the park".

CKNW Orphans' Fund booked almost every school bus, coach and wheelchair accessible taxi in the lower mainland to help transport over 3500 children from schools out as far as Abbotsford and up to the Sunshine Coast. Over 260 schools were represented with the majority coming from the lower mainland.

In addition to the rides and music the children experienced, there was a host of entertainment, including local Vancouver mascots Jack from the Vancouver Giants, Mr. Fox (CFOX), Ronald McDonald, Leo the Lion (BC Lions) and Top Dog (CKNW). This special day was made possible thanks to generous donors and corporate partners of the CKNW Orphans' Fund including Odlum Brown and The Globe and Mail.

For more information on the annual picnic at Playland, please visit

View our photo gallery from June 5, 2013

About CKNW Orphans' Fund: Dedicated to enhancing the lives of children with social, behavioural, physical and mental challenges living in BC communities. We provide funding to both individual children and organizations for a variety of developmental needs, with an emphasis on therapies, educational bursaries and specialized medical equipment.

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