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Loved ones remembered on the Burin Peninsula

The Dream Fund held their fourth annual Wings for an Angel butterfly release this past weekend.

Eva Moulton’s butterfly was in no hurry to leave her hands on Saturday at The Dream Fund’s fourth annual Wings for an Angel butterfly release in Marystown.

A total of 1,700 butterflies took flight from eight locations throughout the province.

Mary Lou Short, who serves on the charities board of directors, said she was pleased with the event.

“The release on the Burin Peninsula went very well. Mother Nature cooperated with ideal weather conditions for butterflies,” she said.

Short said she is grateful to everyone who gave their time to help out with the release.

“The success of the event is not possible without the support of volunteers and the residents of the Burin Peninsula. Special thanks to everyone who took part in our fourth annual Wings for an Angel Butterfly Release.”

She added she would especially like to thank those who sold and purchased butterflies.

“We could never have sold over 700 butterflies without you.”

The Wings for an Angel event started simply as a way of honouring loved ones who have passed away or are fighting an illness

The event took on a special meaning for the charity after Kendra Pike, the recipient of The Dream Funds' second dream, passed away in February, 2010.

According to The Dream Fund, Pike was referred to by her mother as “little angel” and loved butterflies. After her passing, it made sense to honour the impact that she had on the members of the organization with the butterfly release.

Other butterfly releases this past weekend took place in St. John’s, Carbonear, Clarenville, Gander, Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Labrador City.

The annual event has raised roughly $11,000, William Short, chief executive officer of the charity, said the amount of money raised was down from last year’s event.

“The numbers dropped a little overall from last year but many locations increased their numbers,” he explained.

He added, “We didn't have any unexpected expenses this year, though, so we actually made more profit.”

The Dream Fund is a registered Canadian charity that helps grant the wishes of critically ill children in Newfoundland and Labrador.


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