Air Transat and The Children’s Wish Foundation invite hundreds of sick children on a special flight to the North Pole

Published on : Friday, December 11, 2015

Air Transat and The Children's Wish Foundation invite hundreds of sick children on a special flight to the North Pole (CNW Group/Air Transat)For the 11th year in a row, Air Transat and The Children’s Wish Foundation have teamed up to create a magical, unforgettable experience for hundreds of sick children across Canada as part of the Flights in Search of Santaevent. These annual flights bound for the North Pole take off simultaneously from Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Air Transat took the opportunity to hand over more than $143,000 to the foundation. The donation represents the amounts collected over the past year as part of the air carrier’s Small Change, Big Hearts program and other initiatives, and is in addition to the $5 million raised for Children’s Wish since the inception of the partnership between the two organizations.

 

The memorable day began at the Air Transat check-in counter at Montréal–Trudeau airport, where some 250 passengers, including children living with severe illnesses, along with members of their families, received their boarding passes for the North Pole. They then made their way to the boarding lounge, where a number of festive activities awaited. Finally, they took their seats in the aircraft for a 90-minute flight during which Santa Claus made a surprise appearance and distributed presents to the wide-eyed children.

 

This year, Air Transat was pleased and proud to bring the magic of Christmas to France as well: the carrier joined forces with Aéroports de Paris and the Association Petits Princes to make dreams come true for sick kids and offer their loved ones a day of magic and joy.

 

“For Air Transat, this annual get-together is a mainstay of the Holiday season, and a favourite event of our employees,” said Jean-Francois Lemay, General Manager, Air Transat. “A child’s smile truly brings tidings of comfort and joy, and we in turn are delighted to bring a little magic into the lives of hundreds of children with severe illnesses, across Canada and now in France as well, with our first flight from Paris.”

 

For her part, Juli Meilleur director of The Children’s Wish Foundation in Quebec enthused: “This one-of-a-kind, enchanting adventure is a welcome moment of respite for the kids and their families, who face a daily struggle with the realities of illness. We are so fortunate to have a long-standing partner in Air Transat that enables us offer a magical experience for the kids, as well as support us in achieving our mission.”

 

The annual Flights in Search of Santa are made possible thanks to the generous collaboration of several partners including Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto Pearson and Vancouver International airports, and the volunteer efforts of Air Transat employees.

 

For more information, follow the #SantaFlight hashtag on social media.

 

 

The Small Change, Big Hearts program is supported by the donation of pocket change from Air Transat passengers at the end of each flight. Since December 2009, funds raised through the program have been donated in equal parts to the Children’s Wish Foundation and to SOS Children’s Villages, an international organization that assists orphaned and abandoned children in 134 countries.

 

 

Source:- Air Transat

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