TORONTO, March 11, 2016 /CNW/ - Tomorrow Benoit Lebel begins a cross-Canada trek to help grant wishes for The Children's Wish Foundation.
Starting in St. John's, NL, Benoit will be realising a childhood dream of his own; to see his whole country using his preferred method of transportation, his feet. He will walk more than 5,000 km and use public transportation to cover the remaining 2,500 km that separate him from his goal: Vancouver.
During his journey, Benoit will act as an ambassador for Children's Wish. His goal is to educate communities across Canada about the mission of the foundation and encourage them to support the cause that is so important to him. Benoit considers himself privileged to be in excellent health, which is what inspired him to contribute to the Children's Wish mission. With Canada's help, Benoit's goal is to raise $30,000 to grant the most heartfelt wishes of children diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.
Wish Walk Itinerary:
March 12 – St. Johns, NL
May 3 – Charlottetown, PEI
June 12 – Quebec City, QC
July 1 – Ottawa, ON
August 17 – Winnipeg, MB
October 15 – Calgary, AB
November 30 – Vancouver, BC
You can follow Benoit's journey on his website www.wishwalk.ca or on his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/wishwalk.ca/?fref=ts. You can also make a donation on his website using a secure donations page created by Children's Wish.
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, Children's Wish 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. 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.
SOURCE The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada
Image with caption: "Benoit Lebel will be walking across Canada in support of The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada (CNW Group/The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160311_C5574_PHOTO_EN_640962.jpg
For further information: To request the complete Wish Walk itinerary or to schedule an interview with Benoit and our Chapter staff please contact: Sandy Watt, National Director, Marketing, The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada, National Office, T: 647-725-6123, F: 905-839-3745, [email protected]; Marie-Claire Aubrey, Development & Communications Coordinator, The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada, Quebec East Chapter, t: 418-650-2111 ext 6041, f: 418-650-3466, [email protected]