With temperatures in the mid teens, people were having a hard time convincing the butterflies to leave the warmth of their hands. Shortly after, the butterflies landed again, much to the delight of the children running around trying to catch them.
William Short, chief executive officer of the charity, told The Southern Gazette a total 1,700 butterflies were released across the province Saturday.
But Short said the number of butterflies released at the Marystown event was more then triple that of any other location.
“Marystown released over 800 butterflies, he said. “We probably saw about the same number of people.”
He said the event helped to raise more than $10,000 for the charitable organization, which works to grant the wishes of critically ill children in Newfoundland and Labrador.
“It's amazing to see the outpouring of support from the Burin Peninsula, who have always been the core of our organization,” he said. “
The Wings for an Angel event started simply as a way of honouring loved ones who have passed away or are fighting an illness
The event took on a special meaning for the charity after Kendra Pike, the recipient of The Dream Funds' second dream passed away in February 2010.
According to The Dream Fund, Pike was referred to by her mother as “little angel” and loved butterflies. So after her passing, it made sense to honour the impact that she had on the members of the organization with the butterfly release.
Other butterfly releases took place in St.John’s, Carbonear, Clarenville, Gander, Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Labrador City.
The annual event has raised roughly $30,000.