Carbonear, NL – When 7-year-old Nathan Pitcher walked into Powell’s Supermarket, Carbonear, on Oct. 17th, there was a large group of excited people there to greet him, including the company President and CEO, Dave Powell. The Powell’s team, along with the Children’s Wish Foundation – Newfoundland and Labrador, planned a special announcement that afternoon for Nathan and his family. Powell’s Supermarket donated $10,000 to the Children’s Wish Foundation and that donation will help grant Nathan’s wish- which is to travel to New York City to visit the Museum of Natural History, the Statue of Liberty, and to try some world-famous NYC pizza.
In the fall of 2017, Nathan was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and has been going through treatments since that time. It’s expected his treatments will continue until he is about 10 years old. But that illness certainly doesn’t define this friendly, polite, and active little boy.
The Children’s Wish Foundation helps realize the wishes and dreams of children like Nathan who are facing a life-threatening illness, thanks to generous donors, just like Powell’s Supermarket.
The Powell’s team decided that this was going to be their year to grant their first wish for a local child. From in store BBQ’s, to a percentage of the sale of Big Turk chocolate bars, Powell’s Supermarket worked diligently towards the $10,000 goal required to grant a wish. The biggest fundraising effort took place in August with a family friendly, carnival style event- Tons of Toonie Fun- held on the Powell’s Bay Roberts parking lot. CEO Dave Powell covered the cost of putting off this fun event, and so 100 per cent of the proceeds raised that day went directly to the Children’s Wish Foundation. Powell’s Supermarket proudly raised over $6,500, and with the remainder donated by Dave, they reached their $10,000 goal.
Powell’s is thrilled that Nathan’s wish will now come true, and in November he will travel to the “Big Apple” with this family for what will certainly be a week of incredible memories for this deserving little boy!
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