There’s still hope that Okanagan kids with life threatening challenges could board a plane and head out for a day of worry-free fun in Disneyland.
The Sunshine Foundation of Canada says it’s dedicated to fulfilling dreams for kids across Canada and as such will continue to serve kids in the region through individual dreams and the Dreamlift program.
“We are working quickly to secure full funding to operate a Sunshine Dreamlift from the Kelowna Airport as soon as possible,” said Nancy Sutherland, CEO of the Sunshine Foundation of Canada.
“We know first-hand the generosity of the people and businesses in this special part of Canada and they have always stepped up to ensure kids with severe physical disabilities gain confidence and independence through their involvement with Sunshine.”
The Wendy’s franchise in the Okanagan has withdrawn from its Dreamlift partnership with the Sunshine Foundation.
“Now it’s time to help out other groups in need,” said Wendy’s chain owner Ken Park.
“We are going to shift our charitable giving to align with the other 51 Wendy’s restaurants in B.C., the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.”
The Dave Thomas Foundation’s goal is to find “loving and permanent families for children who are lingering in the Canadian foster care system in B.C.”
Park said that as a father to two teenagers, the idea of children not having a home is particularly heart wrenching, and that’s why he’s shifting gears.