To the editor:
Who would have dreamed 18 years ago, when Wendy’s DreamLift Day started with one restaurant and raised $10,500, that it would grow to raise $114,276 in a single day? That was the total for this year’s Dreamlift Day on Jan. 25.
But then who could have imagined the “magic” that happens on the last Wednesday every January in the Southern Interior of B.C.?
It can’t be said enough: I truly don’t know of any philanthropic gesture that matches these nine Wendy’s. To donate everything for the day—all their wages, salaries and profits—is unheard of.
This year was very special, topping the $1 million mark for the past 18 years.
Wendy Thomas herself and seven Orange County Sheriff representatives flew in to help celebrate this milestone.
It truly is a milestone, not only in the amount raised, but also in how the event is self-sustaining. It doesn’t just keep going and growing.
The result is there will continue to be a planeload of very special kids who get to fly to see Minnie and Mickey every other year.
And it’s all because of you. For some of you, it involved a very long wait in line to support our charity. To the volunteers who came in to flip hamburgers (and other jobs), thank you.
And to all the media for your wonderful support delivering messages before, during and after the event, another big thank you.
This note of thanks to our community is from a lot of very special kids.
Many have already had their dream come true, and many more will in the future, thanks to your grateful support of Dreamlift Day.
Steven Tuck, past president,
B.C. Interior chapter,