The Children’s Wish Foundation’s Wishes and Dreams Saskatchewan tour recently made a stop in Estevan.
Saskatchewan Chapter director Gay Oldhaver said the tour began in Estevan and will end in Waskesiu on the 21st.
The main goal of the tour is to promote their million dollar lottery, as the proceeds are a major factor in funding all of the wishes in Saskatchewan, Oldhaver said.
“The Wishes and Dreams tour offers us the chance to promote awareness about wishes and awareness about how to apply for a wish, as well as promoting our 25th lottery, which is our major fundraiser for the year,” she said.
The goal is to sell 30,000 tickets, which would allow them to raise $650,000 from the fundraiser.
Last year the Children’s Wish Foundation granted 70 wishes in Saskatchewan, which was 15 more than the previous year, according to Oldhaver.
“We want to make sure our primary goal is for every eligible child in Saskatchewan to receive a wish,” she said.
Oldhaver said that the proceeds from the lottery are used to fund all of their wishes in a year. But because there are so many other lotteries, they now have to rely on other areas of fundraising to contribute to making all of the wishes happen.
The Wish Foundation grants wishes to children ages three to 17 that have been diagnosed with a life threatening illness. Once they are granted a wish, they have up to five years to take that wish, Oldhaver said.
For a child to be eligible for a wish, they have to apply through the foundation. The Wishes and Dreams tour is an opportunity for families to learn about the foundation and how they can help.
“We just really want people to hear about that it’s a great opportunity not just because of the lottery but also for children and families who are suffering a major critical illness,” Oldhaver said.
The Children’s Wish Foundation has been granting wishes across Canada for over 30 years, and has granted 20 wishes in the Estevan area over that time period.