Justice Scores for Wishes - About Us
In the spring of 2010, Make-A-Wish Atlantic Provinces received a phone call from a member of the Nova Scotia Sheriff’s Department. Deputy Sheriff, Rory Fraser, wanted to organize a new fundraising event for us that involved a softball game between their members and the staff at Nova Scotia Department of Corrections. Make-A-Wish Atlantic Provinces was very grateful to hear from this incredible group. Over the coming months, Make-A-Wish, worked with Rory and Chris Deal from NS Corrections to create the first Pitches for Wishes softball tournament.
Make-A-Wish learned that this was not the first fundraiser that Chris and Rory had helped organize. They had spearheaded a very successful hockey game earlier in the year in support of the Atlantic Chapter of the Breast Cancer Foundation called Justice for the Cure. This game also pitted the two departments against one another in a fun event that included a silent auction. The combination of working with a charity, mobilizing staff and resources within their respective departments, and working with businesses like Scotiabank was a formula for success! Everyone involved benefited from the fundraiser in a win-win scenario.
The hockey game took place in 2010 and again in 2011 at Cole Harbour Place with over $10,000 going to the Breast Cancer Foundation each year. In the meantime, Pitches for Wishes softball game went off without a hitch in early August 2010. The guys and gals of Corrections and Sheriffs raised funds and awareness to sponsor a teen from Cole Harbour, Laura. She was recovering from cancer and wanted to take her family to Disney for her wish. The day was beautiful. There was a barbeque and a silent auction. The Corrections participants won the day, but Laura was the big winner when her wish was granted the following February.
Building on the fun and success of the first Pitches for Wishes, Make-A-Wish Atlantic Provinces matched the organizers up with Annabelle for the 2011 game. Five year old Annabelle from Prospect was also battling cancer. When her dad asked her what she wanted for a wish, she stated that she’d like to ride a unicorn, slide down a rainbow, and make cookies. Rory and Chris tried to make all those dreams come true at the Pitches event that year, including having an RV on hand so that Annabelle and her sister Claire could bake chocolate chip cookies. Some of you may have sampled those very special cookies - what a treat! Pitches for Wishes raised almost $32,000 and directly granted the wishes of three kids!!! Annabelle went to Disney for her wish with her little sister and mom and dad in March 2012.
For 2012, the hockey game moved their support over to Make-A-Wish Atlantic Provinces. Those who had been involved over the last few years were inspired to step up and help to organize the event. This time it was in partnership with the Halifax Police. They were sponsoring 9 year old Bretton from Springhill. He has a life-threatening heart condition which prevents him from playing the game, but he’s a big fan. And he also wants to be a police officer when he grows up. So, the Justice folks ensured he had his own HPD uniform made! His wish was also to visit Disney World.
The event, now known as Justice Scores for Wishes, rallied around Bretton. Magic happened for him and his family including a phone call from Bretton’s favorite player, Brad Marchand. With the help of all the organizers, the fans, local businesses, and the community, the first Justice Scores for Wishes raised over $17,400! In 2013, the Justice Scores group granted Gemma’s Wish for a shopping spree and in 2014, they granted Austin’s Wish to go to Legoland in Florida.
In 2015, they raised funds for Brooks’ wish to meet the characters from Disney’s Wreck-it Ralph. Brooks was 6 years old. He has Cystinosis, a kidney disease. With the help of the organizers, participants, and donors of Justice Scores for Wishes, he went on his dream wish trip with his family.
When Rory and Chris first approached Make-A-Wish Atlantic Provinces in 2010, they explained that by supporting Make-A-Wish Atlantic Provinces the employees of Corrections, HPD, and Sheriffs wanted to directly impact the life of a local child living with a life-threatening medical condition. Since then, others within the Sheriffs and Corrections departments have taken up the cause including Hyson Decoste, Chris Kelly, Tyson Gannon, Chris Pottie, Ken Burns, Earl Mosher, Chad Scholfield, and so many others. And Scotiabank has been there from the beginning – volunteering and matching funds raised.
What began over seven years ago has grown. Our goal in 2017 is to raise over $20,000. If we meet that goal, we will have raised over $120,000 in six years!!! This generous group of caring men and women has had a positive and life-changing impact on the lives of six kids. Their lives and those of their loved ones are forever changed because you touched their lives in a very special way. Make-A-Wish Atlantic Provinces expresses their deepest thanks and appreciation for all the magic you've helped to create for our wish kids and their families.