“Dreams Take Flight” trip to Disney World receives boost from Rotary Club

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Four Amherstburg children that will head to Disney World in roughly a month’s time are being supported by the Rotary Club of Amherstburg.

The local Rotary Club made a $500 donation to “Dreams Take Flight” and its representative Jackie Carroll last Wednesday night during the Rotary’s meeting at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157.

Carroll said “Dreams Take Flight” is a charitable organization through Air Canada. She will be accompanying four local children on a trip to Orlando, Florida May 3-5.

“(Air Canada) has been doing this for 26 years,” explained Carroll.

Rotary Club of Amherstburg president Lena Lazanja (left) presents a $500 cheque to Jackie Carroll from "Dreams Take Flight" during the Rotary Club's March 30 meeting.

Rotary Club of Amherstburg president Lena Lazanja (left) presents a $500 cheque to Jackie Carroll from “Dreams Take Flight” during the Rotary Club’s March 30 meeting.

The children that get chosen are those who normally wouldn’t get to go due to being from an underprivileged family or those who have suffered some sort of trauma in their lives.

“It’s a big party from the minute they fly from Windsor to Toronto,” said Carroll.

After spending a night at a Toronto hotel, all of the children heading to Orlando travel to the hangar with the help of a police escort. An early morning party, one that occurs at roughly 4 a.m., occurs before the children and their chaperones head for Florida. On the plane, they enjoy games, activities and music.

Carroll said that once at Disney World, they have “Fast Pass” which allows them to more time to enjoy the rides and games. She pointed out it is $2,000 to fund the trip but everything for the kids is paid for.

“It’s massive,” she said. “There’s a lot of people going.”

They return home the next morning at 1 a.m.

“If it wasn’t for organizations like Rotary, the Legion, the K of C and the Ladies Auxiliary, this wouldn’t happen,” said Carroll.

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