Telethon time is upon us again. On Sunday, November 7th, 2021 the Comox Valley Child Development Association (CVCDA) will host our 46th CVCDA Children’s Telethon from 12 noon to 8 pm.
The telethon will be broadcast live from the Sid Williams Theatre via our Broadcast Partner, Shaw Spotlight. Our supporters can be part of the wonderful fundraising spirit of the Comox Valley from the comforts of your own home or where ever you are. The event will still be a FREE, live event for the whole family to view in real-time from a TV or streaming device.
As always, participants can contribute to the CVCDA’s fundraising goals through a number of methods. After going 100% virtual last year, our Telethon Committee decided to continue offering everything online through our website including an online donation form, silent auction bidding and 50/50 ticket sales.
It definitely felt like a scramble in 2020 getting everything up and running once the decision was made to proceed with the 45th Telethon. The planning got started quite late and much of our traditional fundraising methods had become temporarily obsolete in the face of COVID-19 shuts downs and safety protocol requirements. BUT in the end, we were able to adjust our fundraising strategies and shift to a virtual format. It was bitter sweet as we of course missed having the live spectators and community support in person at the Sid but at the same time, we were pleasantly surprised at the level of community support.
Following the event, the Telethon Committee made the swift decision to carry forward many of these adaptions whether it would be a requirement or not. Definitely, a new way forward. For this year’s event, we are of course still working against COVID-19 and the ever-changing challenges the pandemic has been presenting. Sticking with this virtual concept including no in person spectators and strictly online fundraising will hopefully once again provide us with a similarly successful outcome.
One of the highlights each year at the Telethon is the CVCDA Silent Auction. As of October 1st at 10am, the auction will go live and bidding will get under way on over 40 items. Bidders can check back regularly as new items will be added weekly leading up to Telethon.
There is a variety of great goods and services all generously donated by local businesses from throughout the Comox Valley and beyond. Always popular, are the numerous gift certificates for local dining, spa and salon treatments and great shopping throughout the Valley. You can check off some of your everyday needs with items like gas, groceries and clothing shopping also included in this year’s auction
Additionally, participants can bid on a number of small home appliances and home decor including cozy blankets and an array of original art from local artists. Don’t forget to treat yourself and the ones you love with any number of gifts ideas and even a romantic getaway. There is no question you can find something for you and everyone on your Christmas shopping list, while supporting local child development.
In the name of keeping the fundraising online and easily accessible to remote supporters, the CVCDA will once again be hosting our online 50/50 Raffle. Tickets will go on sale starting early October (TBA) for $5 each. There will be a total of 4,000 tickets available for sale with a chance to win up to a $10,000 jackpot.
Both the auction bidding and 50/50 ticket sales will remain open throughout the Telethon broadcast. Auction bidding will end at 7pm on Sunday, November 7th. Then, the 50/50 draw will be broadcasted live at 7:45pm. All of these fundraising totals will be included in the total funds raised for the 2021 telethon.
For those who would like to contribute by making a monetary donation, there are a number of ways to do so. Donors can phone in live to the Telethon to make a pledge to 250-334-9200 or call any time before or after the event to 250-338-4288. Online donations are also accepted anytime at CVCDA.CA/telethon-donations.
The Comox Valley Child Development Association is a non-profit organization locally supporting children, youth and adults with diverse abilities and their families since 1974. In 2020, over 1000 Comox Valley children and their families used services at the CVCDA. All of the CVCDA’s 16 programs are designed to not only enrich the lives of the people who access these services but also to contribute to a stronger Comox Valley that welcomes and includes everyone who lives here.