Flight Centre and Make-A-Wish Celebrate 15 Years of Granting Wishes

by Crissandra Ayroso
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Flight Centre president John Beauvais and Make-A-Wish CEO Jennifer Ritter at the Travel Centre in downtown Toronto.

Flight Centre has reached a milestone this October, celebrating 15 years of partnership with Make-A-Wish Canada. Since 2003, Flight Centre has supported more than 100 wishes and donated more than $500,000 in cash and arrangements to help make travel dreams come true for children with critical illness. Whether the wish is to visit Disney World in Orlando or see Paris, there’s no mistake in the transformative power of a fulfilled wish.

“Parents see their children become children again,” said Jennifer Ritter, CEO of Make-A-Wish, at a recent cultural event at Flight Centre’s flagship Travel Centre in downtown Toronto. “Wishes bring light back into a dark journey for the whole family.”

Not only do fulfilled wishes create hope and treat the spirit, but the effect they have on wish kids is positive and energetic. Following a fulfilled wish, a child is more willing to comply with medical treatment and experience a period of strengthening and improvement.

Of the 600 wishes Make-A-Wish Canada has granted in 2018, over 65% were travel-related.