Chester Batstone has participated in all 8 years of the annual Ride for Wishes event. Everett Butt is the driver.
SPRINGDALE, NL — The Green Bay/White Bay Subchapter of the Children’s Wish Foundation is touting its eighth annual Ride for Wishes as the most successful to date.
The July 22 event saw 16 all terrain vehicle (ATV) operators parading through the Town of Springdale with their machines decorated to celebrate the occasion.
The event raised over $10,000, enough to grant a wish to a sick child and their family says Everett Butt of the Green Bay/White Bay Subchapter.
“I never dreamed we would reach the $10,000 mark,” an elated Butt said in an interview.
I never dreamed we would reach the $10,000 mark.
Everett Butt, Ride for Wishes organizer
In addition to individuals and families raising money, corporate donations were also up over previous years, he said
Carl and Doreen Anstey of King’s Point took prize for top fundraiser. They brought in $1,020. They will enjoy a boat tour of the Springdale area compliments of Green Bay Eco Tours.
The second prize went to Jason and Janet Harris and family of Springdale. The family raised over $800, and received a $100 gas card from the Irving station in Springdale.
Third prize went to Chester Batstone of Jackson’s Cove who raised over $700. Batstone has taken part in the ride ever since it was started eight years ago. His prize was a $50 gas card from the Esso station in Springdale.
The prize for the rider who collected the most corporate donations (over $900) went to Chris Oxford of Springdale. Oxford rides in memory of local businessman Howard Wellman.
Oxford received a night at the Blue Water Inn in Triton for his efforts.
Batstone’s wife Laura also did her part to help with the fundraising. as did the couple’s young daughter Savannah. The child held her own yard sale and penny drive. In total, the Oxford family raised $1,799.
Butt and his wife Brenda have been volunteering with Children’s Wish for over 15 years. They are both delighted with the success of this year’s ride.
It’s the first year that the riders paraded through town, Butt said, and it drew a lot of interest from residents.
“We were surprised to see some people standing along the streets waiting for us,” he said. “It was a great ride for sure. Everybody was really excited about it.”
About Children’s Wish
The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada grants wishes to Canadian children between the ages of 3 and 17 who are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.
In the past three decades, Children’s Wish has granted wishes to 25,000 children and their families across Canada; over 825 of those wishes have been granted to children and youth in this province.