By KAREN WELLS
LEWISPORTE & AREA/TWILLINGATE/NEW WORLD ISLAND — This past year has been one of great success for the Lewisporte subchapter of the Children’s Wish Foundation.
It was this year that they officially became their own subchapter that encompasses an area from Laurenceton to Lewisporte, including Embree and Little Burnt Bay as well, and the communities along Route 340 to and including Twillingate.
This has also been a successful year in terms of funds raised that go towards fulfilling the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses at home in Newfoundland and Labrador and across Canada.
Some of the recent successes have included the Lewisporte Craft and Trade Show. Lewisporte subchapter coordinator Carl Greening said this was a very successful event in terms of creating public awareness around the Children’s Wish Foundation and fundraising. Brian Pike of Armstrong and Quaile Associates presented them with $620 as part of the Mad Dash For The Cash promotion. Kerry Chaulk of Kittiwake Pure Water presented $291 from donations people made at his booth in exchange for bottles of water. Another $432 was received at the Children’s Wish booth through the donation box and sale of cookbooks and caps.
“We appreciate everyone for their support,” said Mr. Greening. “It was a very successful weekend and we especially want to thank Mr. Pike and Mr. Chaulk for their donations.”
Other support of the Lewisporte subchapter this year has included the Notre Dame Agencies Colour Show in May, which resulted in a $2,760 contribution. Add in other fundraisers and events such as the Lewisporte Mussel Bed Soiree Gospel Concert and a barbecue held at Save Easy in August and that translates into at least another $2,500.
“Every dollar goes towards making a wish possible,” said Mr. Greening. “One wish costs roughly $10,000, so through all the fundraising efforts and donations this year we should come up with enough to make a wish happen for a child this year.“Since we started the subchapter we’ve had such great support. The committee has been doing a great job and the people of Lewisporte and area have been very supportive. I have nothing but praise for them.”