Penticton & South Okanagan News
Burgers, fries and a DreamLift
Wednesday's inclement weather didn't stop hundreds of Okanagan residents from participating in the annual Wendy's DreamLift Day in Penticton.
For many it's an annual event they wouldn't want to miss out on.
"We come every year, because it's a great cause and so uplifting when you see those kids board that plane," said Louis Albinati of Okanagan Falls.
This is the 20th anniversary for the annual fundraising event to benefit The Sunshine Foundation of Canada.
All the net proceeds from the day's sales in the nine participating Wendy's, including Penticton, as well as staff, management and owners' wages, will be donated to Sunshine.
The funds generated send a planeload of special children with severe physical disabilities or life threatening illnesses to Disneyland for a day.
"I had a nephew who went on the trip when he was 7, and he still talks about it," said general manager Alyssa Corke. "I get goose bumps just talking about it. You don't see many events like this anymore, with so many people volunteering."
Among the volunteers were MLA Dan Ashton, City councillors, RCMP officers and a special visitor, Capt. Mike Toledo with the Orange County Sheriff's department.
Toledo, one of five representatives from the sheriff's department in the Okanagan Wednesday, has been a volunteer when kids get to Anaheim for 20 years.
This is his fourth trip to the Okanagan, visiting Salmon Arm twice, and now Penticton.
"Every year when you see the plane taxi up and the little faces against the window, it is amazing," he said. "And I love coming up here and seeing the generosity of the community. I see the same faces over and over again."
Toledo expected to spend at least eight hours at the busy Wendy's Wednesday.
Inspector Kevin Hewco with the Penticton RCMP, who was on hand for the morning shift, shared the enthusiasm.
"I love it," he said, as he handed out drinks and food at the drive-thru. "It's great to see everyone stepping up even though it's a snowy day and everyone is busy out there dealing with the weather."
Comments on this story are pre-moderated and approval times may vary. Before they appear, comments are reviewed by moderators to ensure they meet our submission guidelines. Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments are open and welcome for three days after the story is published. We reserve the right to close comments before then. Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of Castanet, but only of the comment writer.
Read more Penticton / S. Okanagan News
- Mt. Baldy may open this yr.Penticton / S. Okanagan - 3:47 pm
- Snow on 97CBC - 3:30 pm
- Ex premier has Alzheimer'sWest Kelowna - 12:09 pm
- Foul play ruled out in deathVernon / N. Okanagan - 1:24 pm
Town of Oliver
Town of Osoyoos
Town of Keremeos
Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen
Penticton & Wine Country Chamber
Penticton Discussion Forum
District of Summerland
Summerland Chamber & Tourism
School District 67 - Okanagan Skaha
School District 53 - Okanagan Similkameen
Okanagan Regional Library
Township of Hedley