Disney World: A dream come true for special needs children

OTTAWA, Oct. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - This morning, 120 physically, mentally and/or socially challenged children and over 95 volunteers watched the sunrise from their seats aboard the Air Canada flight that will take them to the most magical place on earth. Dreams Take Flight has been making dreams come true, every year, by taking children on a one day trip to Walt Disney World.

"Awesome! Amazing! It's the most fun I've ever had in my whole life," said Austin, direct from Walt Disney World, Florida.

A not-for-profit organization, the Dreams Take Flight Ottawa Chapter has been run voluntarily by Air Canada employees, families and friends for over fourteen years. Children are selected for the yearly trip through various agencies from the Ottawa / Gatineau region. Agencies such as Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa, Featherston Dr.P.S. Autism Program, Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre at CHEO, and the CSSS de Gatineau, Clinique du diabète pédiatrique nominate children they know to participate on the trip.

"Dreams Take Flight has been making dreams come true for over fourteen years, and if it wasn't for the volunteers and sponsors we could not go on," says Gilles Laframboise, President, Dreams Take Flight Ottawa Chapter. "Seeing the look on the children's face when we arrive makes all the hard work all the more worthwhile."

Since 1989, various divisions of Air Canada have donated their time to organize the trip of a lifetime for physically, mentally or socially challenged children to Walt Disney for a day. For more information, please visit www.dreamstakeflight.ca.

For further information: Aurelie Walsh, Communications, Dreams Take Flight, Ottawa Chapter, C: (613) 797-4259; Néomie Duval, Communications, Dreams Take Flight, Ottawa Chapter, C: (613) 219-6522