BY GEORGE MACVICAR
The Southern Gazette
The trips, for children with life threatening illnesses, were arranged through the Burin Peninsula Wish Chapter.
Ethan Hunt, 13, and Leah Burke, 5, left for Disney World in Florida earlier this spring. The weeklong trips were arranged for the two children along with their parents and brothers.
Ethan said he “liked his trip” and Leah shook her head in agreement.
Both were served ice cream each day.
Leah eat hers “every morning.”
They both got to meet Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck as well as the other Disney characters.
Ethan’s mother, Lori from Spanish Room, said they were treated well with an organization called ‘Give Kids the World Village’. It’s a 70-acre non-profit ‘storybook’ resort located near central Florida’s children’s attractions.
“They looked after us, even taking our food trays after we finished eating.”
The wish children’s brothers – Liam Hunt and Kerry Burke – were excited about their trips as well, beaming bright smiles when asked about their journeys.
Children’s Wish Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter Director Edie Newton said there had already been a few Burin Peninsula families who had received trips “with a couple more to come.”
She said the Foundation was now approaching 20,000 wishes for children, ages 3-17, diagnosed with a life threatening illness. The Foundation has worked to grant wishes since 1984.
“Each wish has an average cost of $10,000 with nearly three wishes granted every day. Think about it, that’s one wish every time you sit down to a meal.”
Ms. Newton said Wish children, like Ethan and Leah, think not only about themselves when considering what wish they would like but also their families, their animals, etc.
Members of the provincial and Burin Peninsula Children’s Wish Foundation were at the Peter Kiewit Offshore facility in Cow Head Wednesday to accept a large $35,000 donation from both Suncor Energy and Peter Kiewit Infrastructure.
Sarah Molloy of Creston South, Leah’s mother, thanked both the donors and the Children’s Wish Foundation for their support indicating both play a big role in the lives of their families.
In addition to corporate, business and service organization donations, Children’s Wish rely on the community for financial support during their annual Children Wish Walk, held on the Burin Peninsula each October.