Five year old guest judge at P.E.I. Children’s Wish Foundation’s Christmas Tree Lane event

Mitch MacDonald
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Five-year-old Noah Frizzell and his mother Bernadette Praught admire the “Best Decorated” tree during the P.E.I. Children’s Wish Foundation’s Christmas Tree Lane event on Great George Street in Charlottetown Friday afternoon. The winning tree was a submission from Century 21. Guardian photo by Mitch MacDonald

Five-year-old Noah Frizzell has proven to be a pretty popular guy this holiday season.

The young Stratford resident was guest judge at the P.E.I. Children’s Wish Foundation’s Christmas Tree Lane event on Great George Street in Charlottetown Friday.

Frizzell, who is also a wish child, along with another wish child Serenity, also got to flip the switch at Province House at the Wintertide Opening Friday evening, instantly filling the street with the warm glow of Christmas lights.

“He’s been so excited,” said Frizzell’s mother, Bernadette Praught, while her son was judging the 38 submissions.

The event is a major fundraiser for the P.E.I. chapter of the Children’s Wish Foundation, which grants children facing a life-threatening illness their most heartfelt wish.

Ultimately, Century 21’s toy-themed entry took home the prize for “best-decorated,” barely beating a Toronto Maple Leaf-themed submission from Cooke Insurance.

“I’ll have lots to play with,” said a happy Frizzell, eyeing up some of the toys on the winning tree.

Chapter director Beth Corney Gauthier said it was great to see so many participants in the annual competition, adding that many businesses have made a tradition of the afternoon’s friendly competition, hot chocolate and holiday music. She thanked those who took part in the fundraiser.

“We couldn’t grant wishes without the support from the community,” said Corney Gauthier.

Frizzell had his wish granted by the foundation last January when he went on a trip to Disney World to see his favourite character Goofy. Serenity, a big fan of the Disney princesses, also has a wish to travel to Disney World with her family.

Organizations: P.E.I. Children, Wish Foundation, Disney World Province House Century 21 Cooke Insurance

Geographic location: Stratford, Great George Street, P.E.I.

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