Sunshine Foundation

Papa John's Pizza Dreams for Kids Day Delivers!

Mercredi 2 mai 2018

No Matter How You Slice It, Papa John's Dreams for Kids Day Delivers!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 marked the 4th Annual Papa John’s Dreams for Kids Day for two popular Papa John’s Pizza locations in the Kelowna area, and the excitement began bubbling well before the first pizza went into the oven.  
 
Staff at the two participating Papa John’s Pizza locations – on 1959 Harvey Ave, Kelowna BC and 2483 Main Street, West Kelowna, BC – bustled about with final preparations, Sunshine volunteers, media and well-known community personalities tied their aprons, local radio stations set up their live on location sets and the crowds started lining up.    
 
“Order a pizza and make dreams come true” read the banners, and the community needed no explanation. For close to 30 years, Kelowna has been a national hotspot for supporting The Sunshine Foundation of Canada’s mission to fulfil dreams for kids living with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses.  
 
For the fourth consecutive year, the Kelowna community rose to Papa John’s challenge, producing yet another record-breaking day. Fourteen hours and thousands of pizzas later, $25,134.82 had been raised for Sunshine Dreams. In addition to providing vital funds for Sunshine Dream Programs, Papa John’s Pizza Dreams for Kids Day engaged volunteers, staff and community members, while raising awareness about Sunshine’s mission to offer kids as many life-changing experiences as possible.   
 
For Papa John’s Pizza, Sunshine has been a natural fit. Geoff Lindquist, owner of the Papa John’s Kelowna location and champion of Dreams for Kids Day, explains: “Families and kids are at the heart of what we do. On Papa John’s Dreams for Kids Day, all our pizzas come with extra heart. Many of our staff volunteer their own time or contribute their day’s wages. We all give our best to help Sunshine make dreams come true for kids, and it is really exciting to see how our community responds.”  
 
On behalf of the Sunshine children whose individual dreams have been fulfilled as a result of this special day, Sunshine thanks the staff and owners of Papa John’s Pizza, and the Kelowna and West Kelowna community, for their outstanding support.   
 
Since 2015, Papa John’s Dreams for Kids Days have raised more than $150,000 in support of Sunshine Dream programs.
 
Prego, Papa John’s Pizza!