Compassion Canada

November 25, 2010 10:05 ET

Compassion Kids Benefit from Battle of the Blades

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 25, 2010) - After eight weeks of incredible performances, Canadian voters declared NHL star Valeri Bure and Olympic figure skating champion Ekaterina "Katia" Gordeeva the season two winners of the CBC's Battle of the Blades. The Russian duo won a combined $100,000 donation for Canadian charities Cardiac Kids and Compassion Canada. The grand prize will be divided evenly between the two charities.

Compassion Canada is putting the $50,000 donation to good use by fully funding the Bethel Child Survival Program in Moca, a small community 20 km east of Santiago, Dominican Republic. Compassion's Child Survival Program rescues mom and babies from danger as it partners with the local church to teach caregivers the skills necessary to give their kids a healthy start in life.

When asked why he chose Compassion as his charity, Bure responded that the competition gave him the opportunity to "get the word out about this fantastic charity that's giving opportunities to these kids around the world, teaching [them] about the Bible and about Jesus… I'm competing for children around the world who are getting fed, getting clothed and getting spiritually fed as well. It's an unbelievable opportunity."

Compassion Canada's president, Dr. Barry Slauenwhite, says, "When Valeri Bure first announced that he would designate his prize to Compassion Canada, we knew that his hard work and this money would make a big impact. We are so proud of Val and Katia and congratulate them for an amazing accomplishment."

Compassion International has partnered with the local church in the developing world to bring an eternal solution to poverty into the lives of children since 1952. Today, Compassion Canada and its international partners work with over 5000 churches in 26 nations to bring care to more than one million children and families. For more information, visit

Contact Information

  • To request an interview with Dr. Slauenwhite,
    please contact:
    Compassion Canada
    Aaron Armstrong
    Communications Specialist