The Sunshine Dreams for Kids Foundation held a hotdog sale fundraiser outside of the Winners store at Meadow town Centre this past Saturday.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. volunteers, including the president of the Metro Vancouver chapter, Daryl Stone, sold hotdogs, chips, and pop to shoppers and passersby for $4.50 per combo.Isaac The hotdog sale raised $325 and a donation box brought the total to $450.
Stone said the hot dog sale is just one of the group's fundraising efforts through the year. There's also a golf tournament.
With Winners as the national sponsor of the foundation, the location of the sale was no accident.
Stone added, however, that the events aren't just about the money "It's really a three-pronged process," he clarified. "Yes, these events are about fundraising, but they're also about creating public awareness, and team-building among our volunteers."
The mandate of the Sunshine Dreams foundation is to fulfill any dream a child has. "Dreams" can cost anywhere between $6,500 and $10,000.
According to their website, the foundation is the only National Canadian charity that fulfills the dreams of kids with severe disabilities and life-threatening illnesses.
Stone said funds are distributed through an application from the parents.
"The child applies for the dream through the parents, the parents are contacted by our medical board, and they have to look at the child's medical file to make sure that they qualify," said Stone. "Once they qualify... we can get a child to their dream within six to eight weeks, which is phenomenal. It used to be six to nine months, depending again on the dream itself."
Stone said public response to the Saturday event was "excellent."
"It's so gratifying to do this," he said.
"One mom came up to us this morning with a daughter in a wheelchair who has CP, a son who's 12 with CP, and their middle son is autistic. There's so much to looking after these children."
For more information on the charity or to get involved, visit sunshine.ca
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