When you are one of the big three media networks in Canada what do you do to show your support for community and the needy during the holidays? Why you invite the community into your studios and all you ask for is a donation in support of local Foods Banks. That is what CBC Vancouver has done for the 29th year in a row on Dec 4th. Welcome to the CBC where you can meet your favourite news anchors, children’s entertainers and get a behind the scenes look at what goes into a news broadcast. Oh, and did I also mention you can attend a live taping of CBC Radio in Studio 700? No one does an Open House like the CBC does. It’s a kind thing.
Starting off at 9 am the doors open to the community in front of the CBC studios on Hamilton Street in Vancouver. You can donate a non-perishable item of food for the Food Bank, or you can make a cash donation. Everything is welcome, but the Food Banks can turn a $1 cash donation into $3 worth of food so if you have cash to give…
Meet your favourite CBC personalities – For kids of all ages the star of the open house had to be Daniel Tiger. Just one of the many CBC stars on hand for fans to meet, Daniel Tiger, was a big hit.
Attend a live CBC Radio taping at Studio 700 – Whether you are a fan of the Early Edition or the BC Almanac how cool would it be to attend a live taping? Well, you can in Studio 700. You can even take part in some special gift baskets of BC Wine offered up by wine writer Ron Wilson if you call in with the right donation amount. First come first served!
Get a behind the scenes tour of the CBC – My favourite part of the entire Open House has to be the studio tour. Here you can walk through the newsroom, see where the broadcasts are recorded, and you can even sit behind the news desk. Hmm, perhaps a future 6 o’clock news anchor is in the making…
The real kindness at the CBC is behind the scenes. All day long volunteers come in to work the phone lines. Taking donation calls from all across British Columbia. This is the ultimate act of kindness, giving your time to help and support others who need it.
Thanks to the CBC Vancouver and all the volunteers who came out to help raise over $630,000 for BC’s Food Banks. That is an impressive amount of kindness to be raised in one day. A lot of people will have food in their fridge thanks to the kindness of people in our province. Way to go BC!
Special thanks to the CBC for lending me the use of some of the photos used in this post.