Small Change, Big Hearts with Air Transat

For 90 minutes in the skies over Canada on December 7th, hundreds of children living with severe illnesses, and their families, were treated to an unforgettable experience, when they were greeted by Santa Claus on special flights organized by The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada and Air Transat. The flights, which took off from Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, were part of Air Transat’s 12th annual Flights in Search of Santa, a joint effort in partnership with Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. And for the second year in a row, a flight from Paris carrying some 50 sick children and their families also took off in search of Santa.

Air Transat also used the flights as an opportunity to announce a further $98 975 donation to Children’s Wish, which represents the amounts collected over the past year as part of the air carrier’s Small Change, Big Hearts program and other initiatives, and is in addition to the over $5 million raised for Children’s Wish since the inception of the partnership between the two organizations.

“There is truly nothing better than seeing a child smile in wonderment, and we in turn are delighted to bring a little magic into the lives of hundreds of children across Canada and in France,” said Jean-Francois Lemay, President, Air Transat. “The Flights in Search of Santa is at the core of our partnership with The Children’s Wish Foundation and is the Air Transat family’s favourite event of the year.”

The memorable day began at the Air Transat check-in counter at Vancouver International airport, where some 250 passengers, including children living with severe illnesses, along with members of their families, received their boarding passes for the North Pole. They then made their way to the boarding lounge, where a number of festive activities awaited. Finally, they took their seats in the aircraft for a 90-minute flight during which Santa Claus made a surprise appearance and distributed presents to the wide-eyed children.

Chris Kotsopoulos, Chief Executive Officer of The Children’s Wish Foundation enthused: “Children’s Wish Foundation is very fortunate to be able to count on the support of Air Transat, a partner since 2004. This event is truly one of the greatest moments of the year for Children’s Wish and for the participating children. We are delighted that Air Transat is here to help us make this unique day possible for these kids, for whom illness is a daily reality.”

The annual Flights in Search of Santa are made possible thanks to the generous collaboration of several partners including Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto Pearson, Vancouver International airports and Roissy Charles de Gaules airport, and the volunteer efforts of Air Transat employees.

For more information, follow the #SantaFlight hashtag on social media.

Help Barbie Make Donations!

From the beginning of November through December 31, Barbie™ is placing loved ones first, by asking Canadian children to submit a heartfelt wish for someone special in their lives on the Barbie™ My Dreams. Barbie™ will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish Canada every time a wish is submitted. Canadians are also encouraged to spread social joy using the #BarbieWishes hashtag, and Barbie™ will donate $1 for qualifying posts to a maximum of $10,000. Barbie™ will also celebrate the season by granting one wish submitted online!

How to Submit a Wish and Make a Difference
This holiday season, Barbie™ is encouraging Canadian children to think of someone in their life who deserves something extra special, and to submit a wish on their behalf. Whether it’s a much-needed vacation for Mom, a chance for Dad to meet his childhood hero, or a day of pampering for Grandma, Barbie™ wants to know.

To submit a wish, children are invited to visit www.barbie.com/mydreams and either record a video message or draft a written wish using the Barbie™ Wish Card templates. Submissions will be sent to the user’s Barbie™ My Dreams registered email address, and the wish will then be forwarded to its intended recipient for them to share.
Spread the joy using the #BarbieWishes hashtag, and all donations will go to help bring hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions. 

Rope For Hope for Make-A-Wish

Rope for Hope is currently searching for 60 people willing to take part in Rope For Hope! Rope for Hope is an event that helps raise money for the Make-A-Wish foundation in which participants rappel off a high-rise building. If you’re feeling brave and want to help a great cause, then be sure to sign up and take part either as part of a team, on your own or with friends from work!
This is the first year that the event is being held in Vancouver and they want the event to be a huge success! The rappel will take place on 22 July off the Hyatt Regency Vancouver. Please spread the word! Info here!!.
Rope for Hope also is looking for people willing to volunteer at the event, so be sure to get in touch and help out this amazing cause.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation helps children with life-threatening illnesses by making their dreams come true. Sign up today!