CBC announces its 2015 annual holiday charity drives

November 30, 2015, Toronto

Details announced for CBC’s annual cross-country holiday fundraising events and programming

The CBC’s plans for its 2015 regional holiday charity drives are set, with special events and holiday programming scheduled to roll out across Canada this December. CBC personalities and local talent will engage with Canadians through a wide range of events, including open houses, concerts, radiothons and sing­ins. The CBC’s goal is to raise funds and collect foods and to create meaningful experiences that connect with Canadians in their local communities.

Each year, the CBC partners with many local organizations and charities, while dedicating programming and volunteers to raise awareness in efforts to bring Canadians together and strengthen local communities. Much of CBC’s holiday fundraising supports local food banks, soup kitchens and Christmas-hamper programs.

CBC/Radio­Canada’s 2014 regional holiday charity drive raised more than $7,770,500 in cash donations, and collected more than 415,600 lbs. of food and 12,000 turkeys for Canadians in need. In addition, through its participation in the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign, the CBC raised almost $250,000 to support local United Ways, HealthPartners, and more than 80,000 registered Canadian charities. More than 1000 current and retired CBC employees participated in the campaign.

A rundown of this year’s CBC holiday charity drive activities across the country is as follows:

  • CBC Calgary is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the CBC Calgary Suncor Food Bank Drive, with programming and events Dec. 1–24. Highlights include: the Calgary Eyeopener will sell Fratello coffee and specially designed mugs in Calgary at the Analog Café on Dec. 4, in Red Deer on December 9 and Medicine Hat on Dec. 14; Key of A host Katherine Duncan will showcase three local bands on Dec. 9 at Festival Hall; a live broadcast of our provincial program Alberta at Noon in Red Deer with host Donna McElligott; live broadcast of The Homestretch from Canada Olympic Park on Dec. 11 with Doug Dirks and Jenny Hows; and a live broadcasts in the CBC lobby on Dec. 17 with CBC hosts David Gray, Angela Knight, Doug Dirks, Jenny Howe and CBC News host Rob Brown. #feedyyc
  • CBC Edmonton will host its 20th Annual CBC Turkey Drive for Edmonton's Food Bank from Dec. 11–18. Special programming includes: An Edmonton Food Bank special airing Dec. 12–14, followed by a newsroom tour on Dec. 16 for donors dropping off frozen turkeys and monetary donations in person. Edmonton AM will be broadcasting live remotely at La Cité Francophone from 5:30 – 8:30 a.m. and Radio Active’s bid-a-thon will also take place on Dec. 17 from 3 – 6 p.m.

CBC Saskatchewan’s 15th Annual Comfort and Joy Open House and Food Bank Day takes place on Dec. 11. In Saskatoon, Saskatoon Morning with host Leisha Grebinski will broadcast live from 6 – 8:30 a.m. with contesting, live music with Don Griffith, and behind-the-scenes tour of the CBC. In Regina, The Morning Edition with host Sheila Coles will broadcast live from the CBC Galleria from 6 – 8:30 a.m. with roots singer Eli Barsi. Blue Sky will air live from 12 noon – 1 p.m. and The Afternoon Edition with host Garth Materie will broadcast live from 4 – 6 p.m. with refreshments and live music from Ben Sures. Tours run from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. with special guest appearances with CBC Kids' Bookaboo and storytime with CBC Saskatchewan meteorologist Christy Climenhaga. #cbccomfortjoy

  • CBC Manitoba will be hosting its CBC Manitoba Harvesting Hope Campaign on Dec. 11 in support of Winnipeg Harvest, featuring live performances by local musicians, live broadcasts throughout the day and appearances from CBC Radio One hosts Marcy Markusa and Ismaila Alfa, Winnipeg News host Janet Stewart and meteorologist John Sauder. #CBCHarvestHope
  • CBC Ottawa is holding a special day of programming on Dec. 11 as part of the annual charity drive Project Give. It’s a day of stories, songs, prizes and charitable giving that will help those in need build a better life in their community. Ottawa Morning host Robyn Bresnahan will broadcast live from the Bridgehead Roastery and Coffeehouse from 5:30 a.m. on CBC Radio One, 91.5 FM. #cbcProjectGive
  • CBC Toronto’s Sounds of the Season (SOTS) annual charity drive in support of local food banks takes place at the CBC Broadcasting Centre on Dec. 4 from 5:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. The event features live radio and television broadcasts, appearances by CBC personalities – including Metro Morning host Matt Galloway, and CBC Toronto News co-hosts Anne-Marie Mediwake and Dwight Drummond – performances by some of Toronto’s best musicians, including Francesco Yates, Fito Blanko, Alysha Brilla, Scott Helman and Julian Taylor. Food and monetary donations can continue to be made until Dec. 31. #CBCSOTS
  • CBC Montreal will be celebrating its annual CBC Christmas Sing-In Charity Drive with an all-day broadcast (5:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.) from the NDG Food Depot on Dec. 11, and the Sing-In concert with host Ben Hepner and Sonali Karnick on Dec. 13. All proceeds go to help the NDG Food Depot's Boîte à Lunch program that offers healthy cooking and after-school workshop programs for children and teens. #cbcsingin
  • CBC Quebec City CBC Radio One in Quebec City is a proud partner of the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign. The campaign will bring the English-speaking community together for its 20th year. Until Dec. 11, CBC will collect non-perishable food donations at the CBC office (888 rue St-Jean). Tune in to Quebec AM (6 – 8:30 a.m.) and Breakaway (4 – 6 p.m.) on CBC Radio One 104.7 FM for more details. #qchamper
  • CBC Thunder Bay will open its doors at 6 a.m. for its Sounds of the Season open house on Dec. 4. Admission is free with a donation to the Regional Food Distribution Association. #CBCSOTS
  • CBC Windsor’s Sounds of the Season will broadcast live from St. Clair College, featuring St. Clair's Glee Club, on Dec. 11 from 6 – 8:30 a.m. St Clair College basketball teams will be raising their weight in food donations for SOTS and CBC News Windsor with Lisa Xing will be broadcasting live from 6 – 7 p.m. Donations go to support the Unemployed Health Centre. #CBCSOTS
  • CBC Hamilton will broadcast a noon-hour Sounds of the Season special featuring Terra Lightfoot and Rita Chiarelli on Dec. 4 from 12 – 1 p.m. at CBC Hamilton Studio. Admission is free with a donation to the Hamilton Food Share. #CBCSOTS
  • CBC Kitchener-Waterloo will broadcast CBC KW's Morning Edition at TheMuseum for a special Sounds of The Season live show on Dec. 4. Two hours of special programming will feature Twin City Harmonizers and Slide by Slide brass band starting at 6 a.m. Donations go to support The Food Bank of Waterloo Region. #CBCSOTS
  • CBC Fredericton’s Feed A Family raises funds to support food banks in the Upper River Valley of New Brunswick. This year, over 2500 families need support. The campaign finishes on Dec. 18 with an open house during Information Morning from 6 – 9 a.m.
  • CBC Saint John Harbour Lights supports food banks in Southwestern New Brunswick. The show hits the road Nov. 30 and will be visiting communities from Sussex to St. Stephen, leading to the Saint John City Market Show on Dec. 11.
  • CBC Moncton Tree of Hope radio-a-thon took place on Nov. 27 during Information Morning Moncton from 6 – 9 a.m. and raised $214,000.
  • CBC P.E.I. Turkey Drive is a three-week campaign in which Islanders donate turkeys at partner locations across the province. Local weather host Kevin "Boomer" Gallant will be on the road to collect contributions in five communities the week beginning Dec. 7. The campaign will wrap-up on Island Morning on Dec. 18 from 6 – 8:40 a.m. #CBCHelps #CBCTurkeyDrive
  • CBC Sydney’s Light Up A Life three-week campaign on Cape Breton Island will raise funds in support of Feed Nova Scotia.
  • CBC Nova Scotia (Mainland) hosts Feed Nova Scotia Day on Dec. 11, raising much-needed funds and collecting food for Feed Nova Scotia. The day runs from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. starting with Information Morning and ending with Mainstreet. #CBCHelps #CBCFeedNS
  • CBC Newfoundland & Labrador collects turkeys every year so families in the province can enjoy a delicious turkey dinner for the holidays. The annual CBC NL Turkey Drive runs from Dec. 7 – 23 with a range of live radio remotes in local neighbourhoods. There will also be a special Saturday Turkey Drive drop-off at the local CBC station where KIDS’ CBC and local CBC personalities will also be on-site for a meet-and-greet! #CBCHelps #CBCTurkeyDrive

For more details on the local charity drives, please visit http://www.cbc.ca/holidayguide/charity-drives

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