Thursday, June 4, 2009, 5 a.m.,
Pearson International Airport, 6420 Airport Rd., Air Canada hanger 8,
Broadcast time: 15:30
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
On Thursday, June 4, 2009, the Canadian charity, Dreams Take Flight, will celebrate its 20th Anniversary trip to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. This amazing organization has been helping children who would never have the opportunity to go to Disney World. Through generous donations, this non−profit charity will send its 20,000th child for a dream come true.
For several years the Toronto Police Service – Winged Wheels Motorcycle Team, has entertained the children the night before the trip with their spectacular show. They also attend when the planes, Mickey1 and Minnie1, leave Toronto for Orlando.
This year, to celebrate the 20th year of the Winged Wheels team, with the assistance of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the officers will meet the children in Orlando and escort them on 15 buses from Orlando International Airport to the Magic Kingdom.
While at Disney, the team will be honourary Grand Marshals in the “Celebrate a Dream Come True” Parade along with Deputy Chief Jane Dick and top celebrities from Toronto.
“To have been invited to take part in this great day was an absolutely humbling honour,” said Deputy Chief Jane Dick. “Dreams Take Flight and Disney are so committed to the happiness of children that you end up asking what else can I do to help, and the response is nothing, just be there for the children.“
The kick−off will take place on Thursday, June 4, 2009, beginning at 5 a.m., when the children will be escorted to Pearson International Airport, 6420 Airport Rd., Air Canada hanger 8, to start a whirlwind day of fun and excitement.
There will be live music by the Coppertones, Loonette the Clown, stars of the WWE, hockey great Doug Gilmour and Walter Gretzky.
The children will board Mickey1 and Minnie1 for a departure of 7 a.m. to Florida, returning later that day, after enjoying everything that Disney has to offer.
Marlie Morrison, Director, Marketing and Sales, Disney Parks (Canada), said, “This year, we take all of life’s special moments and occasions and then make them more magical than ever before. We are delighted that Deputy Chief Jane Dick will be on board this year's flight and celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Toronto Police Service's Winged Wheels at Walt Disney World.”
Constable Hugh Smith, Public Information, for Sergeant Tim Burrows, Traffic Services