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These smiling, red-coated Airport Ambassadors are great friends to Sunshine children. Dreams Come True Airport Ambassadors make | BY DARCY NYBO W hen you put a coin in a luggage cart at the Kelowna International Airport, you help a child fulfill a dream. With enthusiastic support from more than 70 smiling, red-coated Airport Ambassadors, The Sunshine Foundation: Dreams for Kids collected $4,100 from luggage carts last year. Sunshine’s BC Interior Chapter ranks nationally as the “number one” fundraising chapter for the Sunshine Foundation of Canada. Based in Kelowna, BC, this Chapter delivers dreams to special kids throughout British Columbia (excluding the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, an area served by Sunshine’s BC Lower Mainland Chapter). Don Thompson is a volunteer for Sunshine Foundation: Dreams for Kids. He’s proud of the work of his Chapter, and rightly so. The BC Interior Chapter directs ninetyone percent of every dollar raised towards dreams, with a mere nine percent to administration. On a national level, Sunshine’s performance is similarly impressive with more than 80% of all receiptable revenue going directly to dream fulfillment for Sunshine children. Every Sunshine dream is unique to the child who dreams it. Thompson recalls a bike manufactured in Winnipeg at a cost of around $5,000. “The bike was especially made for a blind boy. He could sit on the front of the bike and pedal while his parents sat behind him. Many of the dreams fulfilled include specialty items like a sports wheelchair for a young athlete so she could continue her basketball career.” “There was one young fellow from Vernon,” recalls Thompson. “His grandmother came to me and said that her grandson needed a hot tub. The boy was blind and had a skin condition that could only be helped by immersion in hot water. We were able to get that for him and his grandmother let us know last year how much it helped him.” The story doesn’t end there. Past President, Steve Tuck recalls the couple as well, who’d raised their grandson since birth. “The grandparents wrote to us and let us know that after their grandson goes to bed, they get to relax in the hot tub too. It’s nice this helps the care-givers who work so hard to look after these children.” At sixteen that same young man went on a Dreamlift to Disneyland and got to meet the woman of his dreams – Snow White. Tuck recalls that day. “When I saw him he said, ‘See this big kiss on my cheek – that’s from Snow White. I think she’s in love with me!’” Wendy’s Dreamlift Day was conceived here in the Okanagan in 1993. In its first year, it raised $5,000. To date, it has raised close to $700,000 dollars. This mammoth Wendy’s fundraising initiative, unique to the Okanagan, enables children from the southern interior of BC to participate in Wendy’s Dreamlifts to Disneyland. These one-day, whirlwind adventures to the famed Disney park are a magical experience for these children – a day they will never forget. “The last Wednesday of January every year is Wendy’s Dreamlift Day,” explains Tuck. “The nine Wendy’s from Kamloops to Penticton give all the profits, the manage- 16 WWW.YLW.AERO http://WWW.YLW.AERO

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of YLW Connection - Winter 2009

YLW Connection - Winter 2009
Airport Services
Customer Survey Shows YLW on Track
Las Vegas - The To-Do List That Never Ends
Winter Maintenance: Snow Removal 24/7
Kelowna's Largest Tim Hortons Lands at YLW
Air Canada - Connecting Kelowna to the World
Air Travel Etiquette
Staying Ahead of the Curve at YLW
Airport Ambassadors Make Dreams Come True
Dream Big
Advisory Committee Helps Chart Flight Plan for Kelowna International
Growing a Creative Okanagan Economy
Pregnancy & Travel
Flying Securely
YLW News
Trivia & Games

YLW Connection - Winter 2009