Mining for Miracles Launches 2021 Campaign to Establish Cellular & Regenerative Medicine Centre

In 2021, Mining for Miracles will add to funds raised in 2020 toward their commitment to establishing the Cellular & Regenerative Medicine Centre (CRMC), a $3.385 million initiative. The CRMC will give clinicians at BC Children’s the tools to better understand the genetic cause of heart arrhythmias so they can provide the best possible care to children in BC. It will result in improved diagnoses, identification of optimal treatments, and potentially, cures—improving and saving the lives of children across the province and beyond. In the future, the CRMC may also be used to provide answers for the thousands of children living with other life-altering conditions, like diabetes, cancer, bowel disease, and epilepsy.

Mining for Miracles 2021 Campaign

2020 Hooked on Miracles Notice of Cancellation

To our participants, sponsors and supporters:

Due to the increasing global severity of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, we have made the tough but necessary decision to cancel this year’s Hooked on Miracles Charity Fishing Tournament.

We know that the Mining and Mining Suppliers’ industry is facing a real challenging time during this pandemic, not only ensuring their employees are safe as we navigate through this uncharted territory, but also economically. It is important that all resources are aimed towards keeping our industry running, its workers safe and employed and helping the economy of British Columbia.

We are still very much committed to Mining for Miracles’ goal of raising $3.385 million for BC Children’s Hospital’s Cellular and Regenerative Medicine Center. Perhaps now more than ever we understand the need for cutting edge medical research.

We do hope that in 2021 we can welcome you back to Tofino for a weekend of fishing, networking, fun and fundraising.

Thank you again for your support of Hooked on Miracles and BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Maintain your generous spirit and take care of each other.


Al Cloke, Founder
Tim Bell, Co-Chair
Cathy Strickland, Co-Chair
Rachel Risi, Coordinator

Our 2019 Weekend Raised $271,000!

Thank you to all our incredible sponsors, participants, guides, and of course, the town of Tofino for helping us raise $271,000 during our 2019 event. Your continued support and generosity is overwhelming and sincerely appreciated. Because of you, we are able to help support BC Children’s Hospital Foundation with their cutting edge research to give BC kids a brighter and healthier future.

Mining for Miracles to fund Gut4Health for its 2019 & 2020 campaign

Premier John Horgan meets Layla Houghtaling, BC Children’s Hospital patient, along with her mother Kristin Houghtaling, father Jeff Houghtaling, younger sister Charlotte Houghtaling, and Karla Mills, Mining for Miracles Co-Chair and Vice President, Project Development, Teck, in Prince George, BC.

We’re excited to announce that our new Mining for Miracles fundraising campaign for 2019 and 2020 is BC Children’s Hospital’s Gut4Health program.  The initiative will further microbiome research and the development of new therapies with the goal of making BC Children’s the first children’s hospital in Canada to use gut bacteria to predict, prevent and treat infections and chronic inflammation in kids.

Premier John Horgan joined BC mining industry representatives at the BC Natural Resources Forum to launch this year’s fundraising campaign, with a goal to raise $3.725 million over the next two years for Gut4Health.

Why is Gut4Health so important?

  • Gut4Health will further research into the use of gut bacteria to predict, prevent and treat infections and chronic inflammation in kids.
  • Currently the diagnosis and treatment of many chronic diseases involve invasive procedures and medications with serious side effects—Gut4Health will study the gut microbiome to find better and safer ways to predict and prevent these diseases.
  • BC’s kids need microbiome research so that new and effective therapies can be developed—Gut4Health will develop and test new treatments with the goal of creating cures that will work for a lifetime.
  • BC Children’s Hospital has the clinical and scientific expertise to be the Canadian leader in pediatric microbiome research and therapeutic development, but the required facilities are not available in any children’s hospital in Canada—Gut4Health will provide the infrastructure needed to create these facilities and drive forward microbiome research.

Donations can be made through employee and corporate fundraising initiatives, or through annual fundraising events, like Jeans Day™, the Online Silent Auction, the Diamond Draw, Hooked on Miracles, and the Celebrity Pie Throw (May 23, 2019).

“Mining for Miracles has provided an excellent conduit over many years for the BC mining industry to give back to the communities where we operate and help BC Children’s Hospital lead the way in children’s health care.” —Karla Mills, Co-Chair of Mining for Miracles and Vice President, Project Development at Teck.

Our continued success in funding past initiatives is a direct result of our donors recognizing the importance of child health care and preventative treatments. It is through the generosity of individuals and corporations in our community that we are able to positively impact the lives of children in BC. We thank you for your support and look forward to another success story in fundraising for Gut4Health.

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Hooked on Miracles team presents the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation a cheque for $319,000

In November, the Hooked on Miracles team was proud to present to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, on behalf of the participants, sponsors, guides, and organizers, a cheque for $319,000 – the proceeds from the 2018 fishing tournament. Pictured from left, Hooked on Miracles coordinators Cathy Strickland and Rachel Risi, Hooked on Miracles Co-Chair, Tim Bell, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation CEO, Teri Nichols, and BC Children’s Hospital Foundation Philanthropy Officer, Meghan McQuaid.”