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Did you know that for a child and family living with a life-threatening illness, normal means frequent trips to the emergency department, numerous missed days at school and at work, and constant bouts of pain and anxiety? Every moment, every day is like a precious gift for critically ill children and their families, who live with so much uncertainty.

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Volunteer and help make wishes come true

Children’s Wish was founded 30 years ago to bring a light of hope into the lives of these families. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Children’s Wish has never had to turn down a request from a child. But to ensure we can continue to make every wish come true, and to make it possible for us to help even more children and families, we need your help.

Help us bring the magic of happiness and healing to children, families and communities across Canada. Become a Children’s Wish volunteer today and join a dedicated, nationwide network of more than 20,000 Canadians who give their time and skills to help create moments of hope for children with serious conditions.

Volunteer with Children's Wish

Our volunteers make a difference by pitching in at special events, providing support in our offices, coordinating fundraisers, and representing Children’s Wish in the community. They work hard and learn new skills while enjoying the camaraderie of other volunteers, Children’s Wish staff and Wish families.

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Love to plan? Children’s Wish is excited to announce our DIY Fundraising platform where event organizers can create their own fundraising pages to support our foundation!

Help continue to grant the heartfelt wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses by organizing a fundraising event in your community. From sports tournaments and auctions to bake sales and dress down days at workplaces across the country, Children’s Wish events raise money that goes directly towards making the dream of a child with a life-threatening illness come true.

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Ongoing Campaigns

Donate A Car Canada accepts Vehicle Donations for Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. We provide free towing in many areas across Canada, or you can drop off your vehicle to maximize your donation. Donate A Car Canada will look after all the details to make it easy for your Charity to benefit. After your Vehicle Donation is complete, Children’s Wish will send you a tax receipt within 45 days! Learn More
CharityCar.ca has joined up with GreenVehicleDisposal.com to utilize its eco-friendly recycling technology. We are now proud to accept the donation of old vehicles on behalf of Charity Programs across Canada. Learn more
Are you tired of receiving gifts you don’t need? Do something different for your child’s birthday (or for your own birthday!) and help make a difference.

Instead of gifts, ask your guests to make a donation to  Children’s Wish and create the magic of a wish for a child suffering with a life-threatening illness. We can provide  everything you need to let your guests know what you’re doing and how they can support your generous initiative.

For more information, please call (204) 945-9474.

CharityCards.ca offers some of the best holiday greeting cards, customizable with your own message, logo, signature and photos. Your purchase of holiday greeting cards will help support Children’s Wish. Learn more
This year Golden Mile Redemption Centre raised $7,000 for Children’s Wish. They are continuing the amazing work they have been doing so take the easy step of dropping off your bottles to our bin at their location.

Golden Mile Redemption Centre on the West Side of Saint John (35 Linton Rd, Saint John) is continuing. Your bottles can help create the magic of a wish – drop your bag off today! The drop off bin is available 24/7!

Wedding Wishes is a meaningful, touching alternative to standard wedding ideas. Some couples choose to donate money that they would have spent on favors to Children’s Wish. Others ask their guests to donate in lieu of gifts. Each gift is truly appreciated and helps us grant more wishes to children who suffer from a life-threatening illness.

Beyond weddings, our cards can also be customized for any occasion, such as an anniversary, retirement, or milestone birthday!

For more information please call or email:

Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, Nova Scotia Chapter
Telephone:  (902) 492-1984 or 1-800-267-WISH (9474)

Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, New Brunswick Chapter
Telephone: (506) 632-0099 or 1-800-267-WISH (9474)

Aeroplan’s Charitable Pooling Program focuses on supporting organizations and individuals who want to improve the lives of people in their local communities.

Children’s Wish can redeem donated Aeroplan miles for travel, car rental, hotel stays and merchandise. They can also be used for fundraising, as can items obtained through redemption of donated Aeroplan miles such as flat screen TVs and gift certificates.

Click Here to donate your Aeroplan Miles to Children’s Wish.

Success Stories

Our More Wishes, More Wonders Campaign

Our partners in the medical community have urged us to provide wishes to children who are diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses, specifically serious genetic and neurological diagnoses. To help grant wishes to these exceptional children we have launched the More Wishes, More Wonders Campaign with a goal to raise $10 million goal by 2021. Dr. Jeremy Friedman, associate Paediatrician-in-Chief at ...

A carefully considered gift

Laurie and Rick Hopkinson from Saskatoon, apply the same skill and passion to philanthropy that they bring to their business, Dynamic Glass & Door Ltd. “We set goals, we are very purposeful and we take nothing for granted,” says Laurie. Rick and Laurie first made a gift of $25,000 to the Saskatchewan chapter of Children’s Wish after conducting the necessary “due diligence.” They did research, ...

A tragedy turns into a legacy

Julie Hamilton has been supporting Children’s Wish for many years and truly understands the power of a wish. When her daughter Maggie was diagnosed with a brain tumour, they were granted a Wish trip to the Caribbean. Tragically, months after returning from their wish trip, Tim was killed in a workplace accident. Since then, Julie has turned tragedy into a commitment to making a difference. In lieu ...

Rose Rudko, builder and philanthropist

Paul and Rose Rudko owned and operated Rudrose Construction for many years, building homes in Winnipeg, as well as shopping centres around the city. After Paul’s death, Rose gave generously to many organizations, including The Children’s Wish Foundation, Manitoba and Nunavut Chapter. Children’s Wish has been the beneficiary of nearly $1 million from Rose, with $725,000 in donations over a 5 year p ...

Jack Attack Pays it Forward

Two years ago, Jack was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). While his prognosis now is very good – he’s been given a 95% chance of survival – his treatment is grueling. Between constant blood tests, chemotherapy, and a spinal tap every 3 months, Jack, now 7, is in constant pain that requires physiotherapy. You’d think when Jack was eligible for a wish from Children’s Wish, he’d choo ...

The More Wishes, More Wonders Campaign takes flight in Vancouver!

On October 29th, the BC & Yukon Chapter joined Children’s Wish chapters across the country to launch the More Wishes, More Wonders Campaign, to announce our new expanded wish granting criteria. The BC & Yukon team partnered with the team at SKY Helicopters to create a special day for 12 year-old Alexa and her family. As she suffers from a very rare genetic condition with symptoms similar t ...

We’re growing at Children’s Wish – granting new wishes

The Children’s Wish Foundation has always been the leader in wish granting in Canada. In 2010, we moved from an illness-based criteria list to a set of High-Risk Life Threatening Principles (HRLTPs) to define the medical eligibility of children. Our objective in doing this was to allow our eligibility criteria to evolve in parallel with improvements in medicine; that year, we saw a 23% increase in ...

Wishes in the Air

Paula's 10 year-old son Brandon was granted a wish in 2013, and since then Paula has been highly involved with The Children's Wish Foundation in Newfoundland. She organized her first Children’s Wish Wishmaker Walk last year, raising over $6000! Brandon was born prematurely at just 27 weeks, weighing two pounds and four ounces. Within a few days of his birth, doctors noticed hemorrhaging on his bra ...

A wish that leads to a career

In 2010, Chef Michael Smith gratefully agreed to fulfill a wish from then 14 year-old Hunter. Hunter has cystic fibrosis, an often fatal lung condition, and his wish was to meet and cook with Chef Michael. The two hung out together, shopped for food and picked vegetables from the garden as if they were old friends. It only further fueled Hunter’s passion for cooking and after high school, he enrol ...

Give Kids The World, one of the happiest places on earth

Each year, Children’s Wish receives many requests from children wishing to visit the theme parks in Central Florida. Our Wish children often stay at a special resort called Give Kids The World Village, which is filled with 144 villas, an enchanted Carousel, and magical entertainment venues. Families receive special visits from Village ‘royalty’, Santa, and characters from the theme parks. The enti ...