Shift lead Alehandro Ewart, at Papa John’s, opens a can of pizza sauce to prepare the next pizza. All proceeds were donated to the Sunshine Foundation Wednesday, April 25. - Credit: Carli Berry/Capital News

Pizza places help make dreams come true

The fourth annual Papa John’s Dreams for Kids Day is held today in Kelowna and West Kelowna

Central Okanagan kids will have some of their dreams fulfilled thanks to a generous slice of support from the community.

Papa John’s Dreams for Kids Day, which was held April 25, is in its fourth year. The pizza-selling fundraiser directs a day’s worth of sales and worker’s wages to the Sunshine Foundation, a non-profit that provides support to children with severe illnesses and disabilities.

“They’re giving their time and their talent,” said Christine Freeman, of the Sunshine Foundation about the fundraiser.

“All the funds that are raised here in Kelowna, are going back to make the dreams come true in the community.”

Papa John’s got involved in Kelowna fundraiser four years ago to help raise funds for Dream Lift day after the previous sponsor dropped out. The Dream Lift takes a plane full of kids to Disneyland for the day, said Freeman.

“Ever since they’ve been carrying on with the tradition.”

Dreams can be anything from meeting a celebrity, a family vacation or upgraded sports equipment.

“The dreams are as individual as the children that dream them,” she said.

Over the last three years, $127,000 has been raised.

Scott Patt, director of operations with Papa Johns, said the pizza place is raising money for individual dreams and also raising money for children to go to Disneyland.

Around $7,000 has also been raised as of 2 p.m. Wednesday at the store on Harvey Avenue.

“We’re open until 11 o’clock tonight so we’re just asking for people to come down and purchase pizzas,” he said.

The Papa John’s location in West Kelowna is also participating, at 2483 Main Street.

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