CHEK Upside: Help Fill a Dream rolls out take-home superhero kits

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At the McTavish Academy of Art, there’s an exciting project underway.

Help Fill a Dream has been making sick children’s wishes a reality on Vancouver Island since 1986 and for the past five years their Even Superheroes Need Support campaign has been a big boost to the organization.

“We take 10 or 11 kids that have suffered from medical conditions and with the help of the Victoria Superheroes they transform them to their alter egos,” says executive director Craig Smith.

“We take some pictures, we do some graphic arts on it and you have a calendar that sells incredibly well.”

The campaign had former Help Fill a Dream board member Erin Silva wondering how she could get involved. So with the help of doTERRA Essential Oil’s Healing Hands Foundation Silva, Help Fill a Dream and the McTavish Academy of Art partnered to create take-home superhero kits.

“When Craig was saying what was on the calendar for November he mentioned the superhero calendar and it grew from there,” says Silva.

“So we thought how could we build on this superhero theme and we work with Shawn [McNeill] and McTavish Academy of Art,” notes Smith.

“He and the talented group here created this amazing build your own superhero kit.”

“When Craig and Erin reached out to us we knew we really wanted to be a part of this and create a fun unique kit,” adds McNeill.

It’s a chance for children battling illness to create their own superhero that they can relate to.

“When they can see themselves reflected in books or kits or anything like that it certainly helps for their self-esteem,” says Smith.

To learn more about the superhero kits and the Even Superheroes Need Support campaign, visit the McTavish Academy of Art website.

Help Fill a Dream hopes to raise $7,500, with the Healing Hands Foundation matching all direct donations.


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