Emma Desauniers, 4, enjoys eating a frosty along with her cousin Bentley Leins, 3, at the Wendy's Restaurant on Harvey Avenue. Wednesday was the 20th annual Dreamlift Day, in which money was raised to support the Sunshine Foundation of Canada's Dreamlift to Disneyland for children with disabilities and illnesses. For more photos from Dreamlift Day, see page A5.
annual Wendy's Dreamlift Day fundraiser Wednesday.
Paramedics, fire officials, Mounties and others handed out mints, cleared tables and flipped burgers to help raise money to send kids with severe disabilities or life-threatening illnesses to Disneyland.
As in past years, people lined up to buy a meal at nine Wendy's restaurants between Kamloops and Penticton.
"I'm impressed with the Kelowna people who will go out in the snow because it's part of their tradition.
"They don't mind the lineups and they do it because they want to help the kids," said Cathy Sarino, a volunteer with the Sunshine Foundation, which puts on the annual Dreamlift to Disneyland, funded by the Dreamlift Day.
Net proceeds from the day's sales, as well as the staff, management and owners' wages, will go toward the next Dreamlift.
Last year's event raised $115,000 from the nine stores.
Fifty-two kids flew to Disneyland on Dec. 19 for an action-packed day paid with the proceeds of Dreamlift Days over the previous three years.
The next Dreamlift likely takes place in 2015, Sarino said.