If you’ve ever been looking for a lovely way to remember your loved ones who have passed the Dream Fund has just that for you. The Dream Fund is a local charity started by William Short that helps grant wishes to seriously ill children in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Each year they host the “Wings for an Angel” Butterfly Release, where hundreds of butterflies (yes, real painted lady butterflies) are sold in memory of lost loved ones and released across the province. I have had the privilege of volunteering with the Dream Fund for the past several years by selling butterflies, helping out at the event and raising awareness for such a great cause.
This year was no different, I began selling butterflies when I returned home from university and I could hardly wait for the event to come. On July 15th (my 19th birthday) I traveled to the Marystown Track and Field complex for this beautiful day. The day was filled with live music by JohnBoy and Racquel, they even sang me Happy Birthday!
There were butterfly crafts, butterfly face painting, and some children and I created chalk masterpieces and blew bubbles! Finally, it was the moment everyone was waiting for, time to release the butterflies!
At the exact same time across the province, all 1,700 butterflies were released, 700 of those were sold in the Marystown region! Watching the butterflies fly over the field brought back some of my favorite memories with the loved ones I was there to remember. The Wings for an Angel Butterfly Release not only supports so many ill children in Newfoundland and Labrador but also provides closure for those who have lost those who they hold close to their heart and I am forever grateful to be able to be apart of that.
Bailey, Miss Teenage Newfoundland and Labrador 2017 ❤