Everybody is smiling at The Children’s Wish Foundation – Canada’s largest wish granting charity that puts smiles on the faces of children with life-threatening illnesses.
Our More Wishes, More Wonders Major Giving Campaign to raise $10-million by 2021 surpassed a key milestone target in March by which time leadership volunteers coast to coast raised over $3-million in donations and pledges, according to Dave Lacey, National Campaign Chair at The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada.
In October 2015, Children’s Wish launched its More Wishes, More Wonders Major Giving Campaign to expand wish granting efforts to include children with serious genetic and neurological diagnoses. Volunteer leaders across Canada have engaged as Provincial Chairs and are joining together to make their own contributions and to involve like-minded philanthropists within and outside the Children’s Wish family.
“It has been encouraging to see peers across the country step forward to do something to help these deserving children,” he said in Toronto on Saturday.
Children’s Wish has now surpassed this key milestone. In fact, this campaign marks the largest single-pledge donation in the history of Children’s Wish: a $1-million pledge over four years from The Slaight Family Foundation.
The More Wishes, More Wonders Major Giving Campaign is funding heartfelt wishes for children like Katherine Simpson, who has complex genetic diagnoses and is fully dependent on oxygen and a ventilator. Five year-old Katherine’s wish was to go to Disney World with her parents; something her mom explains, they never thought would be possible.
“It was one of those things for us that money couldn’t buy,” she said. “There was no way we ever could have taken her without the help of Children’s Wish.”
The impact of a wish is so powerful that it can be life-changing for the child and their family. After returning from their Disney trip, her family said that Katherine had learned how to smile! “Katherine doesn’t show her excitement too often,” explained her dad. “We said before we left that the trip would be worth every bit of everybody’s effort if she smiled once, and she lit up!”
Katherine and her family’s wonderful experience highlights the urgent need to bring joy and relief to children with life-threatening and significantly complex medical conditions. Each special wish granted impacts about 100 people including parents, grandparents, teachers, classmates, business and community groups and the medical community.
Dave Lacey is asking existing and potential donors, volunteers and supporters to help The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada reach its 2021 major giving fundraising target of $10-million.
“As a father, when I heard how much little Katherine smiled on her Disney wish, it served as a great reminder of our campaign objectives,” he said. “We’re inviting leaders and philanthropists coast to coast to join and contribute to the campaign to ensure no eligible child is denied a wish.” – CNW