Friday, August 15, 2008

Granting wishes for children

Granting wishes for children
The runners from HMCS Charlottetown outdid themselves last weekend in their bid to raise cash for the Children's Wish Foundation. Hats off to them - and to those who donated so generously to the cause of bringing a little joy into the lives of sick kids.

The sixth annual Run 4 Wishes raised more than $60,000 for the Children's Wish Foundation. This far exceeds not only last year's $32,000 total, but this year's projected goal of $40,000. That must be gratifying to the participants in the run who, over the course of five days, ran an estimated 364 kilometres travelling from North Cape to East Point and ending in Charlottetown on Saturday. The actual amount raised (as of the last report received this week) was $64,968.50.

Since the run was started, the group has granted six wishes. This year's collection will enable the group to keep on giving. This is a significant gesture of support for these very brave and special young people in our community.

Run4Wishes total ‘crazy’
The Journal Pioneer

Leading Seaman Michael Murphy was shocked by Run4Wishes’ final tally.
“That’s crazy,” he said of the $64,968.50 total. “We doubled last year.”
Run4Wishes, a five-day tip-to-tip run in aid of the P.E.I. chapter of the Children’s Wish Foundation, wrapped up last weekend.
It was the sixth year crew from HMCS Charlottetown took to Island roadways to raise money to help grant wishes for ailing youngsters.
Murphy admitted it was a gruelling week. Weather didn’t exactly co-operate, with rain each of the five days, sometimes so heavy it slowed the runners’ progress.
“The runners on the team, there were a lot of guys at the end of the day whose feet were bleeding,” he added. “They just kept on running.”
What made the blisters and sore feet worthwhile was meeting youngsters like Summerside’s Pacey MacIsaac, who had a wish granted thanks, in part, to the runners’ past efforts.
“It’s very special when you get to see the children that you helped in some way. We work really hard to be able to raise all this money,” said Murphy. “I’m really glad that people embraced what we’re doing. It’s an organization that’s in their own province and we’re helping them. I’m lost for words right now because it’s a lot of money.”
With the almost $65,000 raised, at least five children with life-threatening illnesses will have a wish granted.
Islanders generously donated along the run route and at Island Credit Union locations. Daily barbecues were held at Sobeys’ locations and, at each store, people could donate by rounding up their purchase to the next dollar.
“Without the amount of support we received on the Island we wouldn’t be able to do what we did. The most important thing is that the children on P.E.I. that need these wishes would thank the people of P.E.I. more than I would,” said Murphy.
“I think it means more to the kids than anybody else. That’s why we did it.”
To view photos from the run and the wrap-up video, visit

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