Monday, March 20, 2017

CPS is helping to make wishes come true for children in Southwest Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, the only all-Canadian wish-granting charity dedicated to granting wishes to children between the ages of 3 and 17-years-old who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, received a $10,000 donation from CPS’ Southwest Saskatchewan Division. 

Ken Linsley, Marketing Manager for CPS Southwest Saskatchewan, says they felt the Saskatchewan Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada was an important charity that they felt is sometimes overlooked. After meeting with the provincial director, Linsley says they learned the average child's wish costs roughly $10,000. With 11 children in the Southwest, mostly in the Swift Current area, waiting for wishes to be granted he says it was it an easy choice to support them.  

The money was raised through the first annual Southwest Saskatchewan Crop Information Day put on by CPS in Swift Current on March 8th - a tradeshow and conference for local producers.

“There isn’t a trade show like this in our area,” Linsley explains. “We saw this as an opportunity to hold an informative agriculture conference with reps from every retail branch in our Division, while simultaneously raising money for our community.”

Fees for admission and vendors, as well as the profits from a 50/50 and silent auction were all raised for the charity – enough to grant one wish to a local child. Linsley says they have plans to make this an annual event. 

Saskatchewan Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada Director, Gay Anderson, told Swift Current Online, they are currently in a funding conundrum with “the highest amount of wishes ever.”

"We're just trying to promote and raise funds for the wishes we've already got that have been deemed eligible and we're now granting those wishes as those kids come forward,” Anderson says.

The charity received the funds from CPS Southwest Saskatchewan Division in a presentation before the Swift Current Broncos hockey game Thursday, March 16th (pictured above).