Andrew Ryan Memorial Hockey Tournament raises $15,000 for Children's Wish

ST. JOHN'S, May 10 /CNW/ - The 8th annual Andrew Ryan Memorial Hockey Tournament was held this past Sunday. Thanks to the dedication of peewee hockey players and their parents throughout the province and the efforts of local volunteers, the spirit of hockey player Andrew Ryan lives on each year through this event.

The Andrew Ryan Memorial Hockey Tournament in support of the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada was established in 2004 in memory of Andrew, an all-star peewee hockey player with the St. John's Caps Minor Hockey Association. Andrew, who passed away on August 27, 2003 at the age of 12 from cancer, would be very proud to be remembered by so many people because of this tournament. According to his father, Mike Ryan, Andrew was very grateful to Children's Wish for the wonderful gift and opportunity to travel to Australia and visit the Australian Zoo, home of the late Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter.

By the conclusion of Sunday's event, the amount raised had been updated to $15,000, bringing the 8 year total raised through this event to over $100,000.

"In 2010, we granted 33 wishes. So far in 2011, we have completed 15 wishes and we are now working on 36 more, in Newfoundland and Labrador alone. This increase in wishes also means a greater need to raise the necessary funds to grant those wishes.  The Newfoundland & Labrador Chapter is honoured to receive the funds raised from this event in memory of our wish child, Andrew Ryan," said Edie Newton, Chapter Director for the Newfoundland & Labrador Chapter of Children's Wish.

The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada

Each year, thousands of Canadian children between the ages of 3 and 17 are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.  Since 1984, The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada has worked tirelessly to grant exceptional wishes to 16,000 children and their families.

This year, the Foundation expects to grant 1,000 new wishes and is proud to have never refused a wish to an eligible child, and with the help of volunteers and generous donors, is able to grant nearly three wishes every day.  Each wish is an individual adventure, carefully structured to meet the needs of a particular child and family. The Foundation is a grassroots charity with chapters in every province and territory. Visit www.childrenswish.ca for more information.

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SOURCE Children's Wish Foundation of Canada

For further information:

Contact:
Christine Morgan
The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada
Chapter Fundraising Coordinator
Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter
christine.morgan@childrenswish.ca
Tel:  (709) 739-9474

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