Last evening, RCMP Headquarters was brightened with the launch of the RCMP NL 2020 Make-A-Wish Wish Tree campaign, in a small but spirited event. Assistant Commissioner Ches Parsons, Commanding Officer of RCMP NL, flipped the switch to light up the 24-foot Christmas tree and officially launch the annual campaign. Participating RCMP detachments throughout the province will light up their trees on December 5 at 6:00 p.m.
Initiated 34 years ago, this campaign by RCMP NL has raised over $405,000 to grant wishes to children diagnosed with a life-threatening illness or a severe genetic or neurological condition in Newfoundland and Labrador.
"I am so proud of the RCMP's role in making wishes come true for children and families fighting big battles," said Assistant Commissioner Parsons. "The incredible amount of money raised would not be possible without the dedication of our police officers and all employees, as well as our community partners and residents throughout the province who have supported the Wish Tree campaign and made it a success. We will continue our work to make wishes come true!"
Attendees at the launch of the Make-A-Wish Tree campaign included Make-A-Wish Chapter Advisory Board Chair Larry Vodden, Executive Director Barry Fowler, RCMP Assistant Commissioner Parsons, RCMP employees and other supporters.
"COVID protocols cannot deter the spirit of this extraordinary event! It continues with the same vigor and enthusiasm as before, perhaps even more so, given the significance of its mandate," said Mr. Fowler. "We are so thankful to the RCMP for such powerful engagement in our mission. While we cannot be together in large numbers for Wish Tree 2020, we ask that this be the campaign that you hold in your hearts and support to make wishes come true."
To make your donation, please contact Make-A-Wish Chapter Office, 211-31 Peet Street, St. John's, NL. (709) 739-7494. You can also donate by texting "wish" to 4-10-10.