Jennifer Murphy of the Esther Finkle Fund for Kids is asking Islanders to remember a small dream they had as a child and reflect on how the fulfillment of that dream had an impact on their lives.
Murphy will be walking in the 19th annual Esther Finkle Walk for Kids on Sunday, Oct. 21 at the Miscouche Fire Hall at 2 p.m.
She says many participants in the walk have a special dream in mind when they donate to the cause; she thinks about a dream granted by the fund that has a special significance to her, the dream of rink fries.
The fund grants up to $200 to fulfill children’s small dreams. This may include helping a child to join a sports team with their friends by paying the registration fee or encouraging creative expression by purchasing new art supplies.
Murphy remembers one request for a child who received support through Jumpstart to play hockey and a request came to the fund asking for money to buy him ‘rink fries’ so he could enjoy them with his friends after games.
“That was one of the first times I realized what a difference $200 can make,’’ Murphy said. “If you stop and reflect on your magical experiences as a child, one of mine was the first time I had rink fries. I had forgotten what that was like for me until this request arrived.”
The Esther Finkle Walk for Kids was founded in 2000 in honour and memory of a woman who believed in the children she worked with and made their small dreams her mission. She believed that those kids who experienced so many challenges and whose families were financially limited should have the opportunity to find joy in the small luxuries that many children take for granted.
Donations are accepted at the walk and everyone is welcome.