March Celebrates 'Children's Wish Month' Throughout Alberta

Calgary's Poker Tournament and a Special Wish Granting Event Highlight a Packed Month

CALGARY, March 1, 2016 /CNW/ - March has officially been declared 'Children's Wish Month' throughout the province of Alberta. This month is dedicated to celebrating the Wish Children, donors, and volunteers who allow The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada to grant the most heartfelt Wish to children facing high-risk, life-threatening illnesses.

The Edmonton Mayor and The Calgary Tower
March begins today with Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson's official decree of 'Children's Wish Month' in the provincial capital. To symbolize the unity of the province in support of Wish Children, in the south of the province the Calgary Tower will be lit up in Children's Wish blue all evening.

The Children's Wish Foundation Poker Tournament
To highlight the importance of 'Children's Wish Month', one of the AB/NWT chapter's biggest fundraisers, The Children's Wish Poker Tournament, takes place at the Cowboys Casino on March 29. Local celebrities will call, fold, and most importantly, raise, during the tournament to raise funds for Children's Wish. Tickets are $250. Follow the link to register or donate: www.childrenswish.ca/pokertournament/calgary

A Surprise Wish Granting Event
The biggest announcement comes at the end of the month when a special Wish child will have their single most heartfelt Wish revealed at a surprise event in front of family and friends in Calgary. Date and time for this special surprise are TBA for media to attend.

The Bay Giving Day
In both cities on Thursday, March 24 the Hudson's Bay Company is holding their 'Bay Giving Day'. Part of the proceeds on specific items goes to Children's Wish. The events take place at the Southgate Centre location in Edmonton and the downtown location in Calgary from open until close.

Alberta Fundraising Events
March is packed with fundraising events throughout the province in support of Children's Wish.

Beginning on Sunday, March 6 at 2 pm in Medicine Hat, the Arabella's Charity Arts and Crafts Sale is donating a portion of sales from lovely artisan arts and craft products towards The Children's Wish Foundation.

Long-time Children's Wish supporters, the P.E.I. Rumrunners, are holding their 'One Night – One Child's Wish' fundraiser at the 4th Avenue location of Ceili's Pub in Calgary on Wednesday, March 23. Proceeds from the event go towards the Foundation.

In Edmonton, a three-day BBQ event begins on Thursday, March 10 until Saturday, March 12 at the KMS Tools and Equipment at 14530, 111th Ave NW, Edmonton, A. BBQ proceeds goes towards Children's Wish.

Every third Wednesday of each month, the Children's Wish staff takes part in arts and craft with patients at the Stollery Children's Hospital. This month the visit is on Wednesday, March 16.

Read With Chapters
Another way to make your buying dollars help grant a most heartfelt Wish is by shopping at the Chinook location of Chapters in Calgary. Registering with The Children's Wish Foundation desk between 3 and 7 pm that day and a portion of your purchases of all non-sale items goes towards Children's Wish.

You Can Grant A Most Heartfelt Wish
Already this year, we are experiencing unprecedented increases of wish referrals through our strong medical community relationships for our wishes granted to children with life-threatening illnesses. 'Children's Wish Month' is a time to rally Albertans to donate and support to Children's Wish to help us continue to grant the next most heartfelt wish.

To show your support for children dealing with life-threatening illnesses, use the hashtag #ChildrensWishMonth throughout March.

About The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada

The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada is the largest all Canadian wish granting charity dedicated to granting wishes to Canadian children between the ages of 3 and 17 who are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.  For more than 30 years, Children's Wish has worked tirelessly to grant heartfelt wishes to more than 23,000 children and their families.

This year, the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada expects to grant over 1,000 new wishes across the country with the help of volunteers and generous donors; that is approximately three wishes each and every day, all year long.  The BC & Yukon Chapter has granted nearly 100 wishes in the last year alone, and over 1,500 wishes ever!  Each wish is the child's most heartfelt wish, and carefully structured to meet the particular needs of the child and their family.

Already this year, we are experiencing unprecedented increases of wish referrals through our strong medical community relationships for our wishes granted to children with life-threatening illnesses.

Now more than ever, we are encouraging Canadians to donate and support The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada to help us continue to grant the next most heartfelt wish. Children's Wish is a national charity with chapters in every province and territory. Visit www.childrenswish.ca for more information and to donate.

Twitter: @ChildrensWishAB
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SOURCE The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada

For further information: Rhys Dowbiggin, Communications Specialist, The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada, Alberta Chapter, T 587.880.3252, M 587.889.1613, E rhys.dowbiggin@childrenswish.ca

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