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This article was published 11/6/2019 (391 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Winnipeg – Business is anything but usual on Mountain Avenue today. This morning, Winnipeg Free Press staff arrived at the office to find kids in charge. That’s right, kids. The self-appointed ‘Kid Editors’ hijacked operations for the day all in support of what they announced was, ‘a very important cause.’
"We were fed up," said ten-year old, Brooklyn. "Life is supposed to be fun. News is supposed to be good — not boring or sad — so we decided to do something about it."
According to Brooklyn, children who are battling life threatening illness face on a daily basis need our help; kids who are too ill to enjoy many of the best parts of childhood, like swimming in a fresh water lake, hanging upside down from the monkey bars or staying up late at a friend’s house for an overnight. "There will be no mention of boring or bad news today," she says.
An unknown source reported that even someone at City Hall was called for comment about the heist. Long-time journalists were forced to get real or get out. ‘Kids Editors’ demand more interesting stories and more flattering images of cuddly critters.
Meanwhile in the newsroom, big debates are under way about what’s better, a dog or cat, peanut butter and jelly or PB and honey sandwiches. What’s more, standing desks have been replaced by skateboards and To-Do lists by bowls of jelly beans.
So what’s the cause you ask? "We’ve pinky swore we’d help The Dream Factory and we want you to as well," says Brooklyn. In case you haven’t heard of The Dream Factory, their mandate is to alter the harsh reality of children battling serious illness, even for a short while, by making dreams come true. In fact, they encourage kids to listen to their hearts, to imagine the best possible experience, and then they execute. From experiencing Disney to visiting Japan, from swimming with dolphins to meeting cheetahs, their efforts to make it happen are nearly endless. A small, but mighty staff, all donations of time and money help.
With some clever planning, several boxes of crayons and a dog, a collective of kids filled the paper with fun. Even humour columnist, Doug Speirs drank the Kool-Aid.
"The Dream Factory is awesome. So is Superman," says Preston, Dream Kid.
The Dream Factory’s impact on Manitoba kids dates back to 1983 when two mothers founded the organization, which back then was called The Rainbow Society. It was established as a not-for-profit charity dedicated to bringing happiness and hope to children facing life-threatening illnesses. Their first ‘rainbow of dreams’ was granted to a seven-year old boy named Jamie, who was undergoing treatment for a brain tumour.
To donate or find out more about how you can help grant dreams, visit www.winnipegfreepress.com/dreamfactory.
Until tomorrow, enjoy the fun. Kudos goes to our ‘Kid Editors’, the many people who helped make today happen and special thanks to the staff of the Winnipeg Free Press.
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