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Jan 1, 2016
GBBA Wish it Forward
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The Greater Burnside Business Association launched a campaign called " Wish it Forward", challenging each of their members to commit to raising $500 this year to help grant wishes!
The campaign will run from January 1st to December 31st, 2016.

Go to www.childrenswish.ca/GBBA to donate to one of the businesses or sign your business up and take the challenge! For more information, please contact Jacob Rafuse, jacob.rafuse@childrenswish.ca or call (902) 492-1113  

Feb 7, 2016
One Wish in One Day, Krispy Kreme Donut campaign
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Starting February 8th until April 7th, the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada, Nova Scotia Chapter will be taking orders of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to help grant wishes! Each dozen is $15 and they will be available for pick-up on April 7th from various locations across Nova Scotia.

If you don't wish to purchase doughnuts but would like to support the campaign, a Dieter's Dozen may be purchased for $15 and a charitable tax receipt will be provided.

Visit www.donuts4wishes.ca to place your order!

For more details, contact:
Creston Rudolph
creston.rudolph@childrenswish.ca
(902) 468-3044

Feb 18, 2016
Police Association of Nova Scotia Benefit Hockey Game
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The Police Association on Nova Scotia is holding their Annual Benefit Hockey Game!

This is the PANS All-Stars against the Maritime All Stars, starring former NHL and other professional hockey players from across the region.

Tickets are $10 each or 4/$30 and can be purchased at the door. Proceeds from the games will be shared with 2 other charities.

Game time is 7 PM at Halifax Forum (2901 Windsor St, Halifax, NS) - be there or be square! 

Feb 25, 2016
Police Association of Nova Scotia Benefit Hockey Game
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The Police Association on Nova Scotia is holding their Annual Benefit Hockey Game!

This is the PANS All-Stars against the Maritime All Stars, starring former NHL and other professional hockey players from across the region.

Tickets are $10 each or 4/$30 and can be purchased at the door. Proceeds from the games will be shared with 2 other charities.

Game time is 7 PM at Pictou County Wellness Center (2756 Westville Road, RR3 New Glasgow) - be there or be square! 

Mar 3, 2016
Police Association of Nova Scotia Benefit Hockey Game
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The Police Association on Nova Scotia is holding their Annual Benefit Hockey Game!

This is the PANS All-Stars against the Maritime All Stars, starring former NHL and other professional hockey players from across the region.

Tickets are $10 each or 4/$30 and can be purchased at the door. Proceeds from the games will be shared with 2 other charities.

Game time is 7 PM at Acadia University Arena (15 University Ave, Wolfville, NS) - be there or be square! 

Mar 8, 2016
Police Association of Nova Scotia Benefit Hockey Game
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The Police Association on Nova Scotia is holding their Annual Benefit Hockey Game!

This is the PANS All-Stars against the Maritime All Stars, starring former NHL and other professional hockey players from across the region.

Tickets are $10 each or 4/$30 and can be purchased at the door. Proceeds from the games will be shared with 2 other charities.

Game time is 7 PM at Trenton Minor Hockey Rink (New Glasgow ) - be there or be square! 

May 1, 2016
Princess Tea Party Yarmouth
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The Yarmouth Princess Tea Party is set to be an afternoon of everything princess! It will include a tea party, stage show, princess parlour, entertainment, silent auction, lots of princesses and fun, fun, fun! 

Date: Sunday May 1, 2016
Time: 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM 
Location: Rodd Grand Hotel - 417 Main Street, Yarmouth, NS, B5A 4B2
Tickets: $35 per person 

To purchase tickets, visit www.childrenswish.ca/princessteaparty/NS

For more details, contact:
Creston Rudolph, creston.rudolph@childrenswish.ca, (902) 468-3044

May 15, 2016
Princess Tea Party Halifax
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The Halifax Princess Tea Party is set to be an afternoon of everything Princess and Superhero! It will include a Princess Tea Party with stage show, Superhero Party with stage show, live entertainment, “Frozen” themed Dance Party, Princess Parlour, food vendors, silent auction, lots of Princesses and Superheroes and fun, fun, fun! 

Date: Sunday May 15, 2016
Time: Multiple seatings, please see website for full details
Location: World Trade & Convention Centre - 1800 Argyle Street Halifax, NS
VIP Princess Tea tickets - $65 per person (please see website for full details)
General Admission Princess Tea OR Superhero party tickets - $45 per person

To purchase tickets, visit www.childrenswish.ca/princessteaparty/NS

For more details, contact:
Creston Rudolph, creston.rudolph@childrenswish.ca, (902) 468-3044

May 29, 2016
Princess Tea Party Sydney
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The Sydney Princess Tea Party is an afternoon of everything princess! It includes a tea party, stage show, princess parlour, entertainment, silent auction, lots of princesses and fun, fun, fun! 

Date: Sunday May 29, 2016
Time: 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Membertou Trade and Convention Centre - 50 Maillard Street, Membertou, NS, B1S 3W3
Tickets: $35 per person

To purchase tickets, visit www.childrenswish.ca/princessteaparty/NS

For more details, contact:
Cathy Sutherland, cathy.sutherland@childrenswish.ca, 1-800-267-9474 ext. 6

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Children's Wish Princess Parties are being hosted across the country!

A fabulous and family-friendly event, our Princess Parties are for kids of all ages! Dress up as your favourite princess or superhero and come out to enjoy lots of great entertainment, games and Royal Fare! Specific activities vary by Chapter, but most include princess makeovers, face painting, crafts, and dancing. Some Chapters are having a silent auction, and Halifax and Ontario are offering superhero themed fun! The true highlight of all Princess Parties is that these events help to fund the single most heartfelt wishes of young Canadian ‘princesses’ and ‘superheroes’ with life-threatening illnesses. Please follow the links for details about Princess Parties in your area: Fredricton, Halifax, Kingston, Moncton, Saint John, Sydney, Toronto, Yarmouth.

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K9 Storm

Behind every great Shiver Ball is a perfect (K9) storm

The Children’s Wish Shiver Ball Gala is unrivaled in its theme, features, entertainment and cause, providing an unforgettable experience for everyone involved. The Shiver Ball features live entertainment, live and silent auctions, featuring unique travel experiences such as a Churchill trip for 2 to experience the Polar Bear Capital of the world, as well as a Napa Valley Wine Excursion for the wine lovers; fun activities for all ages and a fabulous dinner.

K9 Storm is an important guest that will again be in attendance. They are a Canadian-owned company that provide custom-fit canine body armor with built -in specialty harnesses to agencies in the security and defense sectors.

Jim and Glori Slater and the rest of the K9 Storm family have supported Children’s Wish for over 20 years with close to $70,000, and have been the cornerstone of the Shiver Ball since its launch.

Since its inception in 2010, the Shiver Ball has raised nearly $525,000. Now in its 7th year, Shiver Ball will be held at the Delta Winnipeg again, on Friday February 26th. Save the date for a special, meaningful annual event!

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Tribe Scales at Exile Island PEI

Exile Island PEI

The 5th annual Exile Island was held on Friday, September 18th. There were 9 tribes with Tribe Scales as the top fundraising tribe, raising more than $17,500!

Here is Team Tribe Scales with their Wish chilld, Autumn, age 7, who has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. The team consists of Kent Scales (Team Captain), Stuart Wilson, Katie Ramsay, Sindy Boudreau, Catherine Daley, and Craig Lawlor.

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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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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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Princess Tea Party Celebrates Big Success

The Princess Tea Party events that were held across Nova Scotia have raised $56,000 for The Children’s Wish Foundation. It was a magical dream come true filled with shows, the fabulous Princess Parlour, face painting, magicians, sword fighting and much more. Over 800 guests attended in Halifax, and 250 guests attended in Yarmouth and Sydney. Wish Child Brianne was an honourary guest and she was made into a princess for the day!

Thank you to all of our supporters, donors, sponsors, guests and little princesses for helping to create a magical day!

 

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