Dreamlift sets sail Tuesday

A special group of kids is getting ready to visit the Magic Kingdom

A special group of kids is getting ready to visit the Magic Kingdom.

Fifty-six children with severe physical disabilities and life-threatening illnesses will fly from the Okanagan to Disneyland Tuesday as part of the Sunshine Dreamlift.

All funds for the event have been raised by Wendy’s restaurants in the Thompson-Okanagan.

“It’s wonderful to be part of this special day,” said  Ken Park, owner of the region’s Wendy’s outlets.

“We are very excited to help bring smiles to these children’s faces.”

For many of these children, the Dreamlift adventure is their first time away from their parents or their first time on an airplane. It is an opportunity for them to experience independence, freedom and have a special day that’s all about them.

While at Disneyland, the children will be chaperoned by members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

“We’re so grateful to Wendy’s Southern Interior, its employees and customers for making this day happen for so many kids,” said Nancy Sutherland, Sunshine Foundation national executive director.

“Their long-standing relationship with the communities in the Okanagan Valley has made it possible for everyone to come together and support Sunshine Kids year after year.”