SPRINGDALE, NL — Just months after raising over $10,000 for the Children’s Wish Foundation, the foundation’s Green Bay sub-chapter raised another $5,700 recently during its annual Walk for Wishes.
The Green Bay Walk for Wishes, which takes place in Springdale Oct. 14, drew 49 walkers. A lunch at the Salvation Army Youth Hall, where the walk started and ended, was also held.
Everett and Brenda Butt, who head the Green Bay sub-chapter of the foundation, said local businesses are quick to support Children’s Wish in the area. Food for the lunch and prizes for the walkers were all donated, he said.
Prizes were also awarded to the top three participants who raised the most money, Everett said. Kieley Noble of Springdale was the top fundraiser, bringing in $914. Jasmine Normore of Miles Cove raised the second highest amount of money. Her brother, Jeremy Normore, was a wish child who passed away in December 2016. Becky Wiseman was the third top fundraiser. Becky’s son was also a wish child. Elijah passed away in March of this year.
Six “wish families” participated in the walk.
Everett said while he and his wife are the main organizers of Children’s Wish events in the Green Bay area, they are supported by local businesses and great volunteers.
“We are trying to create awareness (about Children’s Wish), and we are happy to be getting more volunteers,” he said.
Everett said one of the highlights of the walk was when wish recipient Ria Colbourne spoke to the walkers about her family’s wish trip to Hawaii earlier this year.
“Everybody was touched by what Ria said about her wish,” Everett said.
When contacted by phone, Kieley’s mother Alice Noble said Kieley has been raising money for Children’s Wish for about 10 years.
“Kieley saw the walk one year and she wanted to join in. The next year we did, and she’s been doing it ever since,” Alice said.
Kieley said she loves raising money for Children’s Wish and participating in CWF events. The food after the walk was delicious, she said, and she received a Source card for raising the most money.
Kieley summed up well why she is passionate about raising money for Children’s Wish.
“I like helping people,” she said.
***Story edited 30/10/2017 to correct an error. The Norwester apologizes for the error***