Beneficiary: Make-A-Wish Foundation Canada
Paint-A-Thon may be months away but nonetheless, the team is super excited and we’re already getting ready to go! Power Unit Youth Organization (PUYO) has chosen the official beneficiary for our events in 2012. This year, the funds raised through this initiative will go towards the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Canada. This organization aims to grant the wishes of children who suffer from life threatening medical conditions, and to enrich their lives with hope, strength and joy.
The first Make-A-Wish Canadian chapter was established in B.C. in 1983 after Nigel Brown and Robb Lucy heard about the launch of Make-A-Wish in the United States. At the time, a 13 year old girl named Debbie was suffering from Leukemia and her only wish was to visit her grandparents in Germany. In order to grant her wish, Nigel paid for Debbie’s trip with his personal credit card. Although she was sick, she had a wonderful time re-connecting with her family in Germany.
With the heart-warming completing of their first wish, the small group of friends recruited more friends and soon the first chapter of Make-A-Wish in Canada was off and running. To date, there have been 4,390 wishes granted to children all across the country. With your help, PUYO anticipates granting many more wishes to children across Canada.