LEWISPORTE, NL — The RCMP in Lewisporte are continuing the tradition of helping make wishes come true for children through the annual RCMP Children’s Wish Tree initiative.
During the launch of the eighth annual tree campaign on Nov. 29, RCMP administrative assistant Cindy Primmer made note that over the last seven years $34,946 has been raised locally through the Wish Tree.
That’s enough to grant around four wishes. Since 1986 the Children’s Wish Foundation has granted 800 wishes in this province, and from that 31 of those wishes were made locally.
“We hope we don’t have to grant wishes,” Primmer said. “Granting wishes means there is a very sick child making that wish.”
Wishes are granted to children who have battled or are fighting life-threatening medical situations.
A child’s wish can be anything they can think of basically, like a Disney Cruise, having a bedroom redecorated or the installation of a pool, which is just what Liam Pope of Lewisporte wished for. This past summer a heated pool was installed in his backyard.
“We were very excited to do that for him,” Primmer said.
Pope’s father, Colin Pope, said his 14-year-old son was recommended to have a wish granted by his respite worker, Michelle Wells.
“It means a lot to us that she did that,” he said
While the pool was installed near the end of the summer, Liam did get a chance to try it out before the weather cooled off, and he thoroughly enjoyed it. His father said the pool is beneficial in terms of physical therapy and recreation.
“He can get in the pool with his friends and his brother (10-year-old Joshua) now,” Pope said. “Before he was a bystander. He’s looking forward to getting to use it more next summer.”
To make a donation
Help make this a “White Christmas” by turning the red lights of the RCMP Wish Tree to white for every $25 raised. Any donation, large or small, will go towards turning a light to white and bringing happiness to a child with a life-threatening illness.
Funds raised go directly to the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada.
Donations should be made payable to the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada and can be dropped off or mailed directly to:
P.O. Box 310, 217 Main Street