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WestJet to provide ‘gifts of flight” for Make-A-Wish(R) children and their families

Make-A-Wish Foundation(R) of Canada, and WestJet today announced a new philanthropic partnership that will provide donated flights for the granting of travel wish requests.


September 18, 2007
By Carey Fredericks

Make-A-Wish Foundation(R) of Canada, and WestJet today announced a new philanthropic partnership that will provide donated flights for the granting of travel wish requests.
Through a new community investment program entitled WestJet Cares for Kids, WestJet will donate 600 flights for Make-A-Wish Foundation(R) of Canada to use when granting travel wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

"More than 50 percent of the wishes granted by Make-A-Wish Foundation(R) of Canada in 2006 were travel wishes," says Dave Stinton, President of Make-A-Wish Foundation(R) of Canada. "This contribution from WestJet will have a profound impact on our wish granting activities in future both in terms of the number of wishes we will be able to grant, and the speed with which we will be able to fulfil all such requests. Now, when a child makes a wish to swim with dolphins or to have lunch with Cinderella at Walt Disney World(R) Resort, we know they will be traveling under the care of WestJet. We are thrilled, honoured and grateful to be partnering with WestJet as our airline of choice."

"WestJet is dedicated to supporting children's health through community investment," says Sean Durfy, President of WestJet. "We strive to empower all WestJetters to make a difference in their communities. Partnering with Make-A-Wish(R) will allow us to extend our caring culture to many courageous children."