Wendy’s Dreamlift Day breaks fundraising record

The 19th annual Wendy's Dreamlift Day broke its fundraising record by $750, bringing in a total of $115,027.86.

A customer places her order during the 19th annual Wendy's Dreamlift Day. Wednesday's fundraising event brought in over $115

The time spent waiting in line for a burger and fries was worth it.

The 19th annual Wendy’s Dreamlift Day broke its fundraising record by $750, bringing in a total of $115,027.86.

New ownership didn’t seem to affect the public’s appetite for the fundraiser as residents throughout the southern interior of B.C. graciously gave their time and money to support the cause.

Throughout Dreamlift Day’s 19-year history, more than $1.22 million has been put toward trips to Disneyland for local children suffering from severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses.

The total includes gross profits, wages and salaries from all the staff, management and ownership of the nine Wendy’s restaurants in Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna, West Kelowna and Penticton.

Former Wendy’s employees and community volunteers also lent their time to flip burgers, prepare salads, clean tables and greet customers.

The funds raised will be earmarked for the next Wendy’s Dreamlift to Disneyland this December.

Anne Miller, president of the Sunshine Foundation B.C. Interior chapter, said a typical Dreamlift trip costs around $150,000 to facilitate.

“We are the only club in the country that has the Dreamlift every two years because of the funds that have been raised by Wendy’s,” said Miller.

Although the total dollars from the annual Wendy’s fundraiser continues to inch closer to the amount needed to orchestrate a Dreamlift, Miller said the trip isn’t likely to become an annual event anytime soon.

“There are other (Sunshine Foundation) clubs across Canada that go on Dreamlifts and there is a lot of planning required…if we were the only chapter in the country, it’d be different.

“To have it every second year, it won’t get any closer than that—it’s a year of planning to put the whole thing together.”

The theme of this year’s Dreamlift is: Refer a child. Miller said the foundation is hopeful 82 deserving kids will be on the flight to Anaheim this December.

To refer a child for the winter Dreamlift to Disneyland, visit sunshine.ca.

wpaterson@kelownacapnews.com

 

Just Posted

Eyes on Kelowna’s crime hotspots considered in budget

If you felt like someone was watching as you were out and about this summer, you may be right.

Big Reds a big hit at Big White

More than 600 people turned out on the weekend for annual red wine festival

RCMP hunt for suspect in West Kelowna bank robbery

Suspect used a note and fled bank Saturday with an undisclosed amount of cash

Community Leader Awards: Shelley Pacholok

The Kelowna Capital News honours those who give back in the community

International Arts Festival returns to Kelowna

Living Things is a month-long festival with live performances by artists from around the world

Steve Miller and Peter Frampton headed to Kelowna

Concert announced for Kelowna April 18

Update: Dog inside stolen vehicle in Oliver reunited with owner

A black Honda CRV was stolen from the Oliver Chevron early Sunday morning

Hergott: Capping injury claims

Lawyer Paul Hergott discusses ICBC claims and ‘minor’ injuries

WestJet Christmas video turns children’s wishes into reality

This year’s annual video took a new spin on the 12 days of Christmas

Firefighters protect seaside California towns as blaze rages

A flare-up on the western edge of Southern California’s largest and most destructive wildfire sent residents fleeing Sunday

Putin declares victory on visit to air base in Syria

Declaring a victory in Syria, Putin on Monday visited a Russian military air base in the country and announced a partial pullout of Russian forces from the Mideast nation.

UPDATED:SAR find missing skier at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Joseph Stelcasky was reported missing Sunday afternoon

Pipe bomb explodes in NYC subway

Pipe bomb strapped to man explodes in NYC subway, injuring 4

Toronto FC to hold victory parade following MLS Cup championship

Toronto FC to hold downtown victory parade following MLS Cup championship

Most Read