The Children's Wish Foundation's Wishmaker Walk for Wishes is making a return to Estevan.
The event was held in the Energy City in 2010 and 2011, but it took a one-year hiatus in 2012. It'll happen this year on Saturday, September 21 at Woodlawn Regional Park.
There will be a five-kilometre run that will start at 9 a.m., a two-kilometre walk that will begin at 9:10 a.m., and a half-kilometre children's jaunt at 10 a.m. All three will start and finish at the park's Doug Third Gymnasium.
A celebration for participants will start at 11 a.m.
Local spokesperson Lisa Moser said that they have been accepting entries on-line for the walk. People can participate individually or in teams.
The first two editions of the walk started and finished at the Souris Valley Aquatic and Leisure Centre. But Moser thought the park would be a great location.
"It's beautiful down there, and it's a different atmosphere," said Moser.
It also provides a nice route for those who sign up for the five-kilometre run.
Moser hopes that the promise of a five-kilometre run and the children's walk will attract more people.
"I think it will bring a lot of different people in who maybe wouldn't have come to the walk," said Moser. "There aren't many runs around this area."
The local goal is to raise enough money to grant one wish. A wish typically costs around $10,000.
“Wishmaker Walk for Wishes is one of the most important events on our calendar,” said Saskatchewan chapter director Gay Oldhaver. “It is an opportunity for people of all walks of life to gather and help to turn the wish of a child with a life threatening illness into reality.”
Participants from across the country are expected to raise more than $1 million in support of The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada.
The Wishmaker Walk for Wishes is the largest fundraiser for The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, and its success ensures the Foundation’s continued tradition of never refusing a wish for an eligible child.