Golf­ing for char­ity nets cash for kids

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - New Condos - KATHY MCCORMICK

Peter Pan had it right when he told the chil­dren to think of the hap­pi­est things. “It’s the same as hav­ing wings.” For dozens of Cal­gary kids, Cardel Homes is mak­ing that hap­pen.

The home­builder re­cently held its fifth an­nual char­ity golf tour­na­ment sup­port­ing Dreams Take Flight Cal­gary, rais­ing $48,500 to help send a spe­cial group of kids to Dis­ney­land.

Dreams Take Flight con­sists of a group of Air Canada em­ploy­ees, fam­ily mem­bers and as­so­ci­ates who vol­un­teer to raise money to take ter­mi­nally or chron­i­cally ill — as well as those men­tally, phys­i­cally, so­cially, or emo­tion­ally chal­lenged — to the Mag­i­cal King­dom for an all-ex­pense-paid, one-day trip to visit Mickey and his friends.

Air Canada Kids Hori­zons do­nates a Boe­ing 767-300 air­craft for the day to fly the chil­dren to Los An­ge­les.

Fundrais­ing helps pay for ex­penses like air­craft fuel, im­mi­gra­tion fees, buses to Dis­ney­land, gate ad­mis­sion and spending money.

Dur­ing the 16-year his­tory of Dreams Take Flight Cal­gary, 2,089 chil­dren have vis­ited Dis­ney­land.

Dur­ing the past five years, Cardel Homes has raised more than $200,000 for Dreams Take Flight Cal­gary. The char­ity is just one of many phil­an­thropic en­deav­ours in­volv­ing the builder.

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