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Even frightful winter weather can’t keep the RCMP from celebrating Wish Tree launch in Bonavista

A large crowd gathered in Bonavista Thursday, Dec. 6 for the official lighting of the local RCMP detachment’s Wish Tree. The goal this year is to raise $5,000 for the Children’s Wish Foundation. Over the last 35 years, the non-profit has granted close to 860 wishes for children aged 3-17, with a further 35 wishes expected this year. It takes approximately $10,000 to grant a wish. The Bonavista detachment has raised enough money to grant one wish since the initiative was started locally in 2014, and they’re reportedly well on their way to granting a second, with $2,890 raised so far. A bulb on the tree will be changed from red to white for every $25 raised.
A large crowd gathered in Bonavista Thursday, Dec. 6 for the official lighting of the local RCMP detachment’s Wish Tree. The goal this year is to raise $5,000 for the Children’s Wish Foundation. Over the last 35 years, the non-profit has granted close to 860 wishes for children aged 3-17, with a further 35 wishes expected this year. It takes approximately $10,000 to grant a wish. The Bonavista detachment has raised enough money to grant one wish since the initiative was started locally in 2014, and they’re reportedly well on their way to granting a second, with $2,890 raised so far. A bulb on the tree will be changed from red to white for every $25 raised. - Stephen Tremblett

While Bonavista received 19 cm of snow on Dec. 6, it did not stop the outpouring of community support for the annual RCMP Wish Tree for the Children’s Wish Foundation.

Bonavista RCMP has been involved with Children’s Wish since 2014 and to date have raised over $15,000.

The goal for this year is to raise $5,000. Const. Jonathon Wokcik reports that they are over halfway there after raising $3,000 at the Dec. 6 event.

A donation of $25 will turn one of 200 bulbs from red to white and the fundraising will continue until Old Christmas Day, Jan. 6, 2019.

In attendance at this year’s event were participants from the local Minor Hockey Association, Beavers and Girl Guides. They brought lots of life to the event and joyously counted down to the lighting of the tree. Also in attendance at the evening’s festivities were representatives of the local Lions Club and many residents.

The RCMP extends appreciation to the businesses who supported the initiative by donating lights for the tree and food for the event. They are thankful for all the community support in helping them bring wishes to children who face life-threatening illness.

The Bonavista RCMP goal this year is to have the white lights on the Wish Tree outshine the white snow on the ground.

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