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Apr 25, 2015
The Roy Financial Mayor's Charity Walk - St.Albert, Alberta
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Lace up and create the magic of a wish! Register today to join the Wishmaker Walk Team as part of the Mayor’s Walk for Charity in St. Albert on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Click here for more information or to learn more  contact Roxann Vaos at 587-881-0063 or email roxann.vaos@childrenswish.ca.

Apr 30, 2015
I Wish for a New Waiter Gala - Edmonton
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Join us April 30, 2015 for an unforgettable experience and celebration at the 3rd Annual I WISH FOR A NEW WAITER GALA to benefit The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada.

VENUE 
Chateau Lacombe 
10111 Bellamy Hill, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 1N7 

To learn more about the event go to www.iwishforanewwaiter.ca

May 20, 2015
Children's Wish Gala - Calgary
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Join us on May 20th for an evening of inspirations as we celebrate the magic of a wish. 

May 20, 2015
TELUS Convention Centre, North Hall
120 9th Avenue SE Calgary, AB T2G 0P3
6:00 pm – cocktails
7:00 pm – dinner and program

For more information please go to www.childrenswishgala.ca or contact Elisha Jackson at 587-880-3253 (Toll-free: 1-800-267-9474)

 

 

Jun 4, 2015
Travelling Quilt Show - Lethbridge
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Travelling Quilt Show - It’s Time for Colour! in support of Children’s Wish.

A rare opportunity to purchase a quilt made by a Master Quilter. Sold quilts must remain with the show until after our annual Quilt Canada event in Lethbridge, Alberta, June 4 – 6, 2015, after which they will be sent to their new owners.

June 2015 Schedule:

  • June 4-6 Lethbridge

For more details and to see this years’ winners in the photo gallery at www.canadianquilter.com

Jun 18, 2015
10th Annual P.E.I. RumRunners / STRIKE Charity Classic
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Join us for the 10th Annual P.E.I. RumRunners / STRIKE Charity Classic in support of The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada.

Date: June 18, 2015
Time: 7:45 AM Shotgun Start
Location: Calgary Elks Lodge & Golf Club
Registration: $300 per player

Meal, Silent Auction and Prizes!

For more information about the event please visit www.peirumrunners.com.  

Jun 20, 2015
Wishmaker Walk - Sherwood Park
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Join us for a great day filled with family-fun for all ages! Register for the Sherwood Park Wishmaker Walk for Wishes so we can continue to create a joyful experiences for local children and their families through the magic of a wish!

Walk information:

Location – the Agora in Sherwood Park's Community Centre at 401 Festival Lane
Timing – Registration will be at 10:00 am. Walk starts at 11:00 am. The after-walk carnival runs from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Pub night information:

Location – Averages Joe’s at 390 Baseline Rd
Timing – Pub night activities will begin at 7:30 pm.

For more information please call 780.217.3402 or email bsharp@sharpconstruction.com

Click here to register online.

Aug 18, 2015
P.E.I. RumRunners / STRIKE “Home From Away” Charity Golf Classic
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Join us for the P.E.I. RumRunners / STRIKE “Home From Away” Charity Golf Classic  in support of The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada.

Date: August 18, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM Shotgun Start
Location: Stanhope Golf & Country Club
Registration: $125 per person (includes golf, cart, meal and prizes)

Meal, Silent Auction and Prizes!

Sponsorship opportunities available. 

For more information on the P.E.I. RumRunners, visit www.peirumrunners.com or contact Beth or Darryl at 902-566-5526 or pei@childrenswish.ca.

 

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Princess Tea Party - New Brunswick

The New Brunswick Chapter has been everything princess over the past few weeks hosting three Princess Tea Parties. The Children’s Wish Princess Tea Party is a real life fairy tale for many children, whisking them away for a day filled with magical moments. All of our special little guests get to meet their favorite princesses, have their picture taken together, and get an official autograph in their autograph book as a souvenir. Further to this excitement, there is a beauty parlour where all the little princesses get a hairdo topped with sparkles, and their own personal tiara! Cupcakes and juice are enjoyed by all, while experiencing a live sing along song from their most loved fairy tale stories. One of our very special guest princesses was Wish Child Mikaela. Mikaela and her sisters were transformed into princesses for the day, and tried on the famous glass slipper from a very famous prince! They enjoyed a day full of fun together, endless smiles, and well deserved royal treatment. Combined, all three Princess Tea Parties raised $30,000.00 granting at least three wishes, and creating a lasting memory for all those who attended.

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Golf for Wishes

Exile Island and Golf Tournaments - Upcoming Events for anyone

The weather might still be a bit chilly, but spring is almost here and that can only mean one thing – The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada’s Exile Island and the Air Transat Golf for Wishes tournament are just around the corner!
Taking place on May 29 at Toronto’s Centre Island, Exile Island offers teams an unique opportunity to not only overcome physical, mental and fundraising challenges but it also matches teams with a Wish child coping with a life threatening illness. The ultimate goal for each team will be to outsmart, outplay and outpledge the other teams to grant a child’s most heartfelt wish. If you are interested in becoming part of this exciting fundraising initiative as part of a team or as an event sponsor, you can contact Dale Brusselers by phone at 647-725-6162 or by email at dale.brusselers@childrenswish.ca.
Taking place at the prestigious Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ont., on Thursday, June 11, this year’s Golf for Wishes tournament hopes to be the best one yet. For golfers interested in playing, register a foursome or multiple foursomes and spend your on the immaculate greens that this golf course has to offer. If your golf game isn’t quite ready for the links just yet, you can sponsor a hole and tee block or choose from a variety of tournament sponsorship levels that will help provide your company optimal exposure. To register contact Shannon Wilson by phone at 647-725-6166 or email at shannon.wilson@childrenswish.ca.

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Jaxen's Story

At 15 months of age, Jaxen took sick and was rushed to hospital on life support where his family sadly discovered that a virus had attacked his heart. He was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy and he and his family moved to Toronto to await a transplant. After 10 very long months, Jaxen received his new heart and thankfully today, he is doing quite well. His mom had heard about Children’s Wish from friends and when we told her he was to receive a wish, she told us “…after spending so much time in the hospital and having to do so many nasty things that he don’t want to do, it’s really cool that Jaxen gets to do something he actually wants to do.” Jaxen told us that he wants to meet his favourite character, Diego at Disney, because he saves animals, so he and his three older siblings and parents are very much looking forward to seeing his wish come true. Coming from a large family, his mom Joy told us that, as parents, they try to do special individual outings with each of the children, to give them special one on one time together, so when we asked if Jaxen would like to attend Exile Island Moncton, she readily agreed. Jaxen was a big help at the fundraiser, handing out reward stones and cheering on the competitors, but it was the team of firefighters that he really took a shining to. Thank you to the brave team of firefighters for helping to grant Jaxen's Wish!

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Conor and Family

2015 Shiver Ball

The 6th annual Shiver Ball Gala held on February 20th was a very special night for the Children’s Wish Foundation. 370 guests were in attendance helping us raised over $115,000 for the Foundation. The room was adorned with pictures of wish children and their families from the past 30 years. Guests were welcomed with passed hors d'oeuvre and sparkling wine, and later treated to a night of an exquisite dinner, followed by dancing and an exciting key prize draw for various prizes.The true star of the night was 5 year old Conor who, at the young age of 2, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Conor’s mom, Morgan spoke about Conor’s journey, his continuing treatment and what his wish meant to him and his family. This year’s dinner had even more significance as it was also a celebration of the Foundation’s 30th Anniversary. In 30 years, Children’s Wish has been able to grant over 20,000 wishes across the country, touching thousands of lives in the process. We would like to thank everyone who was a part of this exciting event and who generously supported the Foundation with their commitment of helping to grant wishes.

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Exile Island Edmonton

Exile Island Edmonton

Sovereign General has been a Children’s Wish Corporate Donor partner for over 10 years, collectively raising over $200,000 to help grant wishes through their corporate partnership in many Children’s Wish events. For their Exile Island corporate team challenge, they wanted to get to know their wish child; Wish Child Matthew, who was invited to Sovereign General, Edmonton Office, for an introduction and to learn about his wish. “I don’t think anyone on the team was prepared for such an overwhelming journey,” team member Natalie said. Thirteen-year-old Wish Child Matthew was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 11-years-old and has faced many challenges in his life as a result of his illness. Matthew’s Wish is to meet the cast of The Walking Dead, and so the name of Sovereign General’s team was determined to be “Matthew’s Walkers”. A week before being “Exiled” at the West Edmonton Mall, “Matthew’s Walkers” regrouped at the Sovereign General office for lunch and some Nerf gun target shooting to prepare for any zombie pirates that they may run into the day of Exile Island. “We will all treasure that time with Matthew. The bonds made over Nerf bullets are never to be broke,” said Natalie. Through corporate donations, personal fundraising, 50/50 draws, and Bingo for Wishes, Sovereign General raised over $18,000 this past January to help grant Matthew’s wish. With the help of corporate partners like Sovereign General, wishes like Matthew’s Wish have come true, as well as so many others.

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2015 WISH Gala

On Thursday, March 5th, 2015, 180 glamorous Vancouverites raised over $165,000 to support the work of The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, at the 2nd annual WISH Gala, presented by Pacific Blue Cross. Held at Vancouver’s historic Vogue Theatre, the event was sold out months in advance. Guests gathered for an incredible meal prepared on stage by Edible Canada, plus canapés from Fable, and a sweet finish by Farm 2 Fork. Wish Child Avery, who was diagnosed with a herart condition and underwent two open-heart surgeries when she was nearly three-years-old, was the Co-Host of the evening. Wish Child Emily has lived with Chron's Disease most of her life, and after her wish was fulfilled, she began volunteering with Children's Wish. You can view Emily's story here, produced by Vancouver's Noravera Visuals. Emily's video was premiered at the WISH Gala. (In Photo from Left to Right - Event Chair Lana Bradshaw and event Co-Host Avery. Photo courtesy of Lana Bradshaw.)

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Wish-A-Thon

You can't put a price on joy, but the best things in life aren't free. During the Season Of Giving, there are many wishes waiting to be granted. Children's Wish honoured those wishes by celebrating with 12 Days of Wishes. We celebrated 12 wishes that were anxiously waiting to be granted from the support of our donours. As part of Wish-A-Thon, Air Transat and The Children's Wish Foundation celebrated their 10th anniversary partnership with the annual Flight in Search of Santa. Over 300 wish children and their families experienced a magical flight to the North Pole! Throughout the month of December, Wish-A-Thon raised close to $60,000! The Children's Wish Foundation would like to thank you for helping us reach our goal, and for granting the wishes of children with a life-threatening illness. Visit www.wishathon.ca to read all of our amazing wish stories and to find out how you can help grant a wish!

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Okotoks Wishmaker Walk for Wishes

On October 4th, the community of Okotoks came together for another successful Wishmaker Walk! From bouncy castles, to live musical performances, the day was packed full of fun and entertainment for the whole family. The whole community rallied together to help raise funds for Children's Wish. Ten year old Rylee Ried shaved her head to help support wishes at the walk this year (raising over $2,100 herself!)

The Okotoks Wishmaker Walk raised over $50,000! Thank you to the committee for all of their hard work, and thank you to all of the supporters, volunteers, and families who worked hard to create another successful walk.

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The Pirates of Exile Island

On September 19th, Exile Island proved itself to be fit for only the most rugged, courageous and resilient pirate crews of Calgary. Thirteen teams joined together as they dug for treasure, walked the plank, and battled the high seas with their hand-built pirate ships.

Thanks to the generosity and determination of the pirate crews, Exile Island Calgary raised a record breaking $335,000! Thank you to all of the participating teams, wish children, families and volunteers for the outstanding success! 

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Sam Sung auctions off last Apple business card

Sam Sung, a former Apple employee, generously auctioned off his last Apple business card, alongside an old uniform, to help grant wishes. Sam is a volunteer in the BC & Yukon Chapter of The Children’s Wish Foundation. He was introduced to Children’s Wish at the inaugural WISH gala in Vancouver, BC in March 2014. When the auction of his Apple items went live, it began generating a buzz on social media due to the irony of the items. After eliminating fake bids, the final bid was nearly $3,000 (CDN) and Sam was very pleased with the overall outcome. He continues to help support the magic of a wish!

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Heavy Civil Association grants close to 90 wishes 

The Heavy Civil Association of Newfoundland and Labrador has been supporting The Children’s Wish Foundation since 1996. They are the voice in the road construction, water & sewer, and heavy construction industries. For close to 20 years, the HCANL host an auction and dinner each year to help create the magic of a wish. We would like to thank The Heavy Civil Association of Newfoundland and Labrador for their continuous support throughout the years. Their generosity has made close to 90 wishes possible.

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Alberta Wish Gala 2014

The Annual Children's Wish Gala in Alberta raised $700,000

On May 29th, 2014, Children’s Wish hosted a magical night full of fairy-tale like adventures for young pirates and princesses with a bounty of treasures! Honourary wish child Aboudi and his mother Zubaidah spoke of his inspiring wish. Wish Child Joshua also received his wish! He will get to meet and skate with the Stanley Cup Champions, the LA Kings!

We would like to thank all of our supporters, donors, sponsors, wish families and guests that helped make this evening magical and we hope to have as much success next year!

 

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