At a recent Optimist Club dinner meeting, we were fortunate to hear the story of the Sunshine Foundation of Canada. As a club we are happy to support their mission.
For more than 30 years, The Sunshine Foundation of Canada has been a pioneer and innovator in helping children and youth living with severe physical disabilities look past barriers and reach for their personal goals by making dreams come true. A Sunshine Dream is an individual experience, dreamed by a Sunshine dreamer and fulfilled by a dedicated DreamTeam. These experiences are as unique as the kids who dream them and often include family members in the celebration of this once-in-a-lifetime customized dream.
Before the pandemic, the children and youth that Sunshine served (ages 7 – 17) were at a 51% greater increase of developing mental health challenges. The pandemic has only worsened this statistic and now more than ever, these kids need a special event or experience to look forward to. These events often boost a dreamer’s self confidence, self esteem, and physical health and give a new sense of independence. Some dreams have even contributed to a vision of a career optimizing their new skills.
Last year alone, Sunshine was able to complete 51 dreams and change the lives of children and youth across the country. These dreams ranged from adaptable bikes and off-road wheelchairs, virtually meeting celebrities, bedroom makeovers, new gaming consoles, laptops and phones, language learning opportunities to so much more!
For 2022, Sunshine plans on fulfilling over 52 dreams to change more lives. For more information about Sunshine, completed dreams, upcoming events, and how to donate, please visit their website at www.sunshine.ca.