Halifax Business Leaders Help Grant Wishes While In Exile

Over $350,000 Raised For The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada

HALIFAX, Sept. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - Business and community leaders from across Halifax rallied together in the spirit of friendly competition to help grant the most heartfelt wish of children living with a life threatening illness.  Although the final numbers are still to be determined, the initial results show that over $350,000 has been raised in support of The Children's Wish Foundation.

"Our friends and supporters in the Halifax business community, once again rose to the challenge and made Exile Island a triumphant success," commented Cheryl Matthews, Chapter Director for The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada, Nova Scotia Chapter.

On September 23, 120 local business leaders, including Exile Chair, Colin MacDonald, Chairman Clearwater Seafoods, were exiled to Halifax Citadel to compete in Exile Island - Halifax in support of The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada - Nova Scotia Chapter. Armed with little more than Blackberrys, cell phones and their natural instincts, tribe members participated in the day-long event competing in challenges testing their mental, creative and physical abilities.

The bragging rights went the Palooka Tribe, lead by Exile Island Halifax Chair, Colin MacDonald, who raised $176,000.

"With the average cost of a wish at $10,000, the Palooka Tribe alone will help Children's Wish grant close to 18 wishes," remarked Matthews. "And it's through the dedication and support of all the tribes that we will be able to proudly continue our tradition of never refusing an eligible child a wish."

Exile Island will return next fall with new challenges, new teams and more children whose wishes will be granted thanks to the fun-filled day of fundraising and good-natured competition.

ABOUT THE CHILDREN'S WISH FOUNDATION OF CANADA

Each year, thousands of Canadian children between the ages of three 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 17,000 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 national charity with chapters in every province and territory. Visit www.childrenswish.ca for more information.


SOURCE Children's Wish Foundation of Canada

For further information:

Cheryl Matthews
The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada
Chapter Director, Nova Scotia Chapter
Office: 902 492-0025
Mobile: (902) 229-9474
Email: cheryl.matthews@childrenwish.ca

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