"Every Kid Deserves A Day Off": Air Canada Flew 1,000 Special Kids To Disney This Year
Thanks to the numerous Air Canada employee volunteers, the support of the Air Canada Foundation and the work by the Dreams Take Flight organization, AC flew over 1,000 children on a trip to Disney this year.
Dreams Take Flight is a non-profit primarily made up of current and retired Air Canada employees who volunteer to make these flights a reality. Each year, the organization provides trips from eight cities across Canada for kids who may be facing mental, physical or social challenges.
To highlight the initiative, Air Canada has released a video starring three kids who talk about the significance of the trip to them.
The video, called Every Kid Deserves a Day Off, stars Ariane, an eight-year-old born with a congenital heart defect, 11-year-old Jardie living with Down syndrome and Trent, 9, the youngest of seven siblings, who has Cystic Fibrosis.
Their stories highlight the importance of the program in giving children time away from their challenging daily lives to follow their dreams, have fun, and just be kids for the day.
"Air Canada has been committed to serving and giving back to Canadian communities for more than 80 years, and we're immensely proud of our ongoing affiliation with the extraordinary Dreams Take Flight since it launched more than 30 years ago," said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer at Air Canada.
"Every year, eight Dreams flights depart from cities across Canada onboard Air Canada aircraft operated by our pilots, flight attendants, maintenance engineers along with numerous other employees on the ground and behind the scenes who all donate their time for these flights. Dreams Take Flight is a powerful example of our employees generously giving their time to help children forget their challenges for one day and just be kids."
Since launching in 1989, Dreams Takes Flight has flown more than 40,000 Canadian children to Florida and California.