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Farewell Marvelous Mal Whitfield

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first_imgWhenever we sit to tell the legends of our pioneer Olympians, there is one American name that always pops up. In the midst of our legendary Arthur Wint, George Rhoden, Herb McKenley and Leslie Laing was the American Mal Whitfield.Classy and competitive, Whitfield pushed our superheroes to the limit and earned for himself a place in track and field history.Whitfield passed on last week at 91 and left behind an enormous legacy of success in the sport.When Arthur Wint and Herb McKenley sprinted to gold and silver medals in Jamaica’s maiden voyage to the Olympics in 1948, the 23-year-old Whitfield was third. He and Wint, as the premier 800-metre men of the era, went one-two in the two-lap event. Wint was in great shape, but the American produced an Olympic record to prevail.He and Wint were down the field when George Rhoden and McKenley went one-two in the 1952 Olympics over 400 metres, but he again bettereed Wint in the 800. That was his better distance and he set world records in it and its imperial equivalent, the 880 yards.Through the end of 1954, he won 66 of his 69 races in the two-lap run, collecting two National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) titles for Ohio State University and five US national titles along the way.In fact, only Alberto Juantorena of Cuba and Wint have better Olympic 400-800 performances than Whitfield’s 1948 bronze-gold performance. The Jamaican took gold and silver in 1948 and that stood as the high bar combination until the big Cuban won both events at the 1976 Olympics. It’s a combination that few even attempt these days.Whenever we tell the story of what was for ages Jamaica’s greatest sporting triumph, Whitfield’s name will appear again. In the last race of the 1952 Games in Helsinki, Wint, two-time 200-metre finalist Les Laing and McKenley gave Rhoden a one-step lead in the 4×400-metre relay final.Battle of championsMcKenley was spectacular, running an unprecedented 44.6-second leg to close a 15-metre lead. The anchor leg pitted Rhoden, Olympic champion at 400 metres, against Whitfield, Olympic champion at 800 metres.Chanting exhortations to himself, Rhoden summoned a 45-flat stint from his leg, but couldn’t shake the man called ‘Marvellous Mal’. With neither anchorman yielding, the one-step margin remained and both Jamaica and the United States broke the world record.To put those splits in perspective, recall this was long before synthetic tracks and featherweight sports attire and footwear. Instead, McKenley, Rhoden and Whitfield ran on cinder tracks weighing several pounds.Whitfield kept on winning gold medals through to the 1955 Pan-Am Games. He was a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, travelled the world as a sports ambassador, and later helped many worthy causes though the Mal Whitfield Foundation.He maintained a long friendship with our Helsinki Heroes and visited Jamaica from time to time. Just like them, he was class personified.n Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980.last_img read more

A letter of concern

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first_imgJohan la Grange PO Box 12398 Leraatsfontein 1038 Witbank Cell +27 79 428 1971 (RSA) Cell +243 82 420 0465 (DRC) E-mail. biebie58@yahoo.com 11 January 2016 To whom it may concern, Sir/s, Re. Concerned citizen of South Africa. It is with great concern that I write this letter today and I hope that you will read this and show it to other people to read and maybe there is someone else in this country that feels the same as I do. South Africa is a beautiful country and it is with pride that I say this and I think I should know as I’ve been working in other African countries now for sixteen years, and I’ve seen these countries maybe with a different eye as the normal SA citizen will see them. This also enable me to realize that South Africa has gone backwards as a developed country and now I class SA as a developing country, the same as the rest of Africa. Don’t get me wrong, a lot has happened and was done since independence was “created” in 1994, but the pace in which things happen has gone from good to very slow and I blame myself for this as well because I’ve seen this every day for sixteen years outside the SA borders and now SA is on exactly the same pace, running a 400 meter race at a 1500 meter pace. (you cannot run the Durban July with a Donkey) you need to look at yourself and see whether you’ve gone back from getting things done quick and correctly to “what I don’t feel like doing today, I might look at completing tomorrow”. Now let me put one thing straight, I don’t talk about politics, religion or sex, these are my personal issues and so I believe is everybody else supposed to feel and accept their family, friend, neighbor, employer, employee, as a matter of fact anybody living in this country’s feeling and believe. This is a matter of respect both to yourself and other humans. I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve voted only once since 1994, but this was due to circumstances beyond my control and still today I think of this and I know that I’ve missed out on a opportunity to make a difference, but what’s gone is gone and I now feel that I will not miss out again. The government of this country is by far much more trustworthy that the majority of other African countries governments and you can talk about this for many moons to come but you will not convince me otherwise, I’ve seen and heard enough in Africa. So let’s face-it we all complain every day, but do we really do something to improve the country and the people living in harsh circumstances without electricity, without running water and no sanitation. No we don’t or shall I say I don’t myself, well I’ve tried in the past on numerus occasions without success and I can now after self-investing and struggling with this issue in my head for a long time, admit to you all that I didn’t try hard enough to do my part for the country, and you know why, just because it’s easier to just sit back and complain about everything going wrong, because that’s not what I want, then blaming everything on someone else and the government. It’s the easy way out and it sounds good if everybody blames someone else and I can talk along. As I’ve explained in the letter already, I’ve worked in other countries over the past sixteen years, doing electrical infrastructure development and refurbishing redundant war damaged sites and get these up and running again and building new plants for gold and copper mine production.( after years of war and circumstances I could or cannot do anything about, as I’m only an expat trying to educate, train and uplift the people of these countries to the best of my ability, the majority of infrastructures had to be built from scratch again).Why do I mention these? Because that is the reality and I cannot understand why my privilege was taken away from me, this is the privilege of doing the same work and uplifting of people here in South Africa. Now let me be straight with you, I know that I cannot get any work, tenders or even come back to South Africa and start a new business here, just for the simple reason that I don’t have a BBEE partner or partners. That’s the bottom line and now tell me, how am I supposed to do my part for this country, how can I train people to uplift themselves and create a better life for them and their families, how can I help developing infrastructures of this country, how can I build anything in this country to help the people in need if this is the reality? I’m no racist and I hate the fact that everything gets blamed on “apartheid”, that is bullshit and as far as I’m concerned, it is to my opinion, a matter of the government or certain people in high places taking these opportunities away from the people suffering daily without the services they are entitled to have in a developed country like South Africa. The bottom line for me now is, if I want or must come back to South Africa, to get a partner who feels the same about life in SA as myself and see the need and opportunities the same as I do. I’m a qualified electrician with thirty four years’ experience and twenty two years’ experience in mechanical engineering and I need this person/s to have a business attitude and sense, the same as myself. This will not happen I know, but it’s my task to teach the person/s to develop the business and give them an opportunity to go forward in life and in doing so also help the struggling citizens of this country. Is asking this too much from a concerned citizen, am I barking up the wrong tree, am I wrong in my visions, am I wrong in trying to help other people, am I wrong in trying to develop communities infrastructure, am I wrong in asking someone to help me to uplift the people of this country, am I wrong in asking anything because of my skin color, am I wrong in thinking that anybody will read this? Tell me if I’m wrong and then show me what you have done to create a better South Africa. Don’t criticize me for all, but come with a solution to my concern and by doing that, we can all help each other. I don’t care if you laugh at me, swear at me, and delete this letter or whatever you feel, other than looking positive at this it is how I feel and I also know I’m not the only person in South Africa feeling this way. Why does other countries where I’ve work not ask or insist that you must be from this race or from this religion or from this sport before you can add value to the country, how can I be blamed for what other people did a hundred or two hundred years ago, is this fair towards me as a human being? Why is people in the other countries so glad to see us and so positive about what we are doing for them in their country, we are not all there for the money, we deliver a service to those countries and what you don’t realize is the fact that the more people there is that make the move to work in other countries the less tax the government get every year and remember it’s the people that earn high salaries that do go there. This is not only PAYE taxes, it’s all the other taxes that we must pay in South Africa, which is now down the drain and looking at the annual figures supplied by the media there is less people paying taxes every year basically due to unemployment rising daily. If all these don’t bother you, do me a favor and delete or scrap this letter because you are then one of the people in a position where you’re enriching yourself and let the poor just get poorer while you keep yourself busy with all sorts of political crap. This matter has got nothing to do with politics, it’s about the wellbeing of people of South Africa of which you are one. I’ll keep on fighting until I get a partner that are willing to work with me in South Africa, as I cannot sit and see things going backward as it is doing day by day and I can and will make a difference to other people in need of a better life, I will not let the government or any politician or anybody for that matter, stop me or tell me I cannot succeed in creating a stable business in South Africa, which is where I was born and belong. I hope that if you read this letter to the end, that you will see that we can all live a peaceful and prosperous life in South Africa. I thank you. PS. I don’t have money to buy anybody or bribe anybody, all I need is someone that feels they can make a difference and make a success of the business with me.last_img read more

Very intense winter storm shuts schools offices in Atlantic Canada

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first_imgA massive and powerful storm pummelled Atlantic Canada on Thursday, shutting down everything from schools to bridges as wind, rain and snow thrashed the region.“This is a very large, very intense storm,” said Darren Borgel, a meteorologist with Environment Canada. “This one will definitely be memorable for its extreme winds, especially in Nova Scotia.”Social media images showed one Halifax house with its roof gone, and another building that had partially collapsed.At high tide the storm surge flooded parts of Halifax’s famed waterfront boardwalk, moving a Canada 150 sign and lapping at an ice cream outlet. Water also poured into an excavation site of a massive hotel/office complex.And 20 minutes before high tide, the surging ocean had swallowed a dock at Halifax’s Dingle Park and flooded the short causeway connecting the nearby Armdale Yacht Club to the mainland.While parts of Nova Scotia were whipped by wind and rain amid temperatures well above freezing, New Brunswickers faced heavy snow that made it impossible to see across the street.“If you are in your home and don’t need to travel, don’t travel,” said Greg MacCallum, director of New Brunswick’s Emergency Measures Organization, who called it a “serious storm.”Environment Canada said high waves combined with storm surges could cause damage along the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia and in Prince Edward Island later in the evening, and that flooding was also likely in those areas.The weather agency said high waves would persist overnight and may cause further flooding and pounding surf near high tide on Friday morning for southwest facing coastlines.Borgel noted high tide was expected to coincide with the greatest surge in the evening along the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia, just as winds were forecast to pick up again.“I expect there’s going to be some serious damage when things come to light on Friday morning,” he said.The agency warned that people should not attempt to travel across flooded roads because even shallow, fast-moving water can sweep a vehicle away.Environment Canada had issued warnings for everything from wind and rain to blizzards and storm surges along much of the Atlantic coast.“There’s a varied mix of weather conditions depending on where you are in the Maritimes — the whole spectrum of weather,” said Borgel.The federal agency had issued a range of winter storm warnings and watches for Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, P.E.I. and parts of Newfoundland and Labrador, saying the low-pressure system would bring fierce winds that could gust up to about 140 km/h in parts of Nova Scotia and snowfall amounts of up to 40 centimetres in New Brunswick.Nova Scotia was expected to see up to 50 millimetres of rain, possibly causing localized flooding.By Thursday evening, many lights were out across Nova Scotia. About 94,000 utility customers were without power as of about 1:30 a.m., Friday, many along the Atlantic coast.In downtown Halifax, the wind started to howl early in the afternoon, sending sheets of rain sideways, stinging pedestrians as they headed home early from work.Sandra Simons, who lives across the harbour in Dartmouth, was running to catch the last ferry of the day. The service was cancelled early at 2:30 p.m. as the harbour was churned into a roiling mass of whitecaps and heavy swell.“It’s lovely,” said Simons. “I like the wind, I like the waves, but it’s hard walking. Still, the wind is really bad here. The ferry behind us is the last one going across, so I’m just running for that.”Breanne Barry was also on her way home to Dartmouth, but she missed the last ferry.“It’s crazy — the wind is getting really bad,” said Barry, as she grabbed the fur-lined collar of her parka as it was whipped by the wind. “I’m just happy that we haven’t got any snow. I just want everyone to stay safe and stay off the road.”Halifax also pulled its buses off the road at 4 p.m., closed the city’s Public Gardens and shut one of two harbour bridges because of the wind.Later in the evening at the Herring Cove lookoff near the mouth of the Halifax harbour, a row of spectators gathered in the dark, the headlights of their cars illuminating massive waves breaking against the rocks.The severe weather prompted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to urge Atlantic Canadians to be vigilant.“To everyone in Atlantic Canada — stay safe, stay indoors, and stay updated on the latest,” he said on Twitter, linking to the Environment Canada website.Virtually all of New Brunswick was under either winter storm, rainfall or wind warnings and the central and northern parts of the province were expected to see roughly 40 centimetres of snow, along with wind gusts of up to 90 km/h in some areas.Environment Canada said early Friday that while heavy snow and blowing snow was expected to continues for the northern half of New Brunswick, the snow has changed to a mix of freezing rain and ice pellets for central areas overnight.Snow was expected to end by late morning over southern New Brunswick but persist into the afternoon for northern areas.MacCallum said NB Power added extra crews and pre-positioned them in areas of the province where outages were likely to occur. The utility was reporting about 10,400 outages as of about 1:30 a.m. Friday.MacCallum also warned about the dangers of carbon monoxide, and said people should have carbon monoxide detectors in their homes.“If not, be aware of the threat and avoid doing things like cooking over open flames, using generators near the house or in a garage. These things produce carbon monoxide gas and it will kill people,” he said.Two people died and others were hospitalized during an ice storm that hit the province in January of last year.MacCallum said EMO is working with the Red Cross to identify warming centres and shelters in the event people are left without power for an extended time.P.E.I. was expected to be hit by fierce winds and up to 25 centimetres of snow before it changes to rain and ice pellets in the evening. Maritime Electric said early Friday that power was out in about 20 communities.The Confederation Bridge linking New Brunswick and P.E.I. was closed to all traffic “for user safety” Thursday night “until the current weather situation changes,” but later reopened to cars.Nova Scotia Power said it had more than 1,000 people at the ready in what is its biggest-ever pre-storm mobilization of personnel and resources.More than 50 departures and arrivals were cancelled at Halifax Stanfield International Airport early Thursday. Marine Atlantic also cancelled sailings between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, while Bay Ferries shelved its crossings between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.School boards in Nova Scotia and P.E.I. didn’t wait for the storm to arrive, with most schools and some universities closing well before the weather set in. Many government offices, schools and businesses also shut down for the day.The Halifax Regional School Board warned Thursday evening that almost half of its 134 schools were without power, and further cancellations were possible on Friday.Environment Canada said the storm — which was being dubbed a “bomb cyclone” — was expected to continue its northerly trek, with snow and strong winds in expected parts of Newfoundland and Labrador Thursday evening and into Friday.In the U.S., the storm dumped as much as 45 centimetres of snow from the Carolinas to Maine and unleashing hurricane-force winds.Forecasters expected the system to be followed immediately by a blast of face-stringing cold air that could break records in more than two dozen cities, with wind chills falling to -40 in some places this weekend.Three people were killed in North Carolina after their vehicles ran off snow-covered roads, authorities said.With files from Kevin Bissett in Fredericton, Michael MacDonald in Halifax, and The Associated Press.last_img read more

ALBERTA FILM AND TV PRODUCTION NOW ON ELECTION PLATFORMS OF POLITICAL PARTIES

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first_imgAdvertisement After months of lobbying for attention from politicians and the public, the province’s beleaguered screen industries have made it onto the election platforms of four major political parties running in the April 16 election, with three suggesting they would follow other jurisdictions in making incentives more enticing for big-budget productions.The Alberta Party, United Conservative Party and Alberta Liberals all make reference to the industry in their official platforms, promising to change from a grant-based program to one based on tax credits. The NDP also released its platform, although it was considerably more vague, vowing to consult with industry stakeholders about changes.Damian Petti, spokesman for the Alberta Screen Industry Action Committee and president of the film workers union IATSE 212, said it’s a sign that politicians see the industry as a key player in economic diversification and recognize its system of incentives needs to be changed if Alberta is to compete with Ontario, British Columbia and, increasingly, Manitoba. This is the first time the industry has been mentioned in election platforms of the major political parties, he said. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebookcenter_img “In Alberta, we’ve survived despite our quirky incentives,” said Petti. “There is kind of a feeling this time around that this is our one big shot to finally fix some of these problems. I’ve not seen the type of unity that we have right now before.” Director Bruce McDonald n the set of Heartland Courtesy, Andrew Bako Andrew Bako / jpg Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

OBITUARY Kelly A Hersom Michaud 53

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Kelly A. (Hersom) Michaud, age 53, of Wilmington, passed away suddenly on June 17th, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. Kelly was the beloved wife of Jack Michaud of Wilmington. She was the loving mother of John Michaud of Nashua and the late Courtney Michaud. Kelly was the cherished daughter of Francine (Lynch) Hersom of Wilmington and the late Richard Hersom. She was the dear sister of Dickie Hersom and his wife Janine of Wilmington, Tim Hersom and his wife Erica of Derry, NH, Lisa Hersom and Valerie Hersom of Iowa. Daughter-in-law of Marie Michaud and sister-in-law of Ann-Marie Durlin, both of Billerica. Kelly was the devoted aunt of Timmy & Danny Hersom, Rich Jr., McKayla, Matthew & Michael Hersom and Alyson & Tommy Durlin. Kelly is survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62) Wilmington, on Friday, June 21st at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, June 20th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Kelly’s name can be made to Local Heroes, Inc., PO Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.Kelly A. (Hersom) Michaud(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Marie J. (Ciampa) Cummings, 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Maureen F. (McKenna) McHugh, 80In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Heres why Salman Khan gave a Rs 2 crore Range Rover to

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first_imgSalman Khan and Katrina KaifTwitterBollywood celebs and their fascination for expensive and luxurious four-wheelers have always made news. From Rolls Royce to Ferrari, our Bollywood celebs are the proud owners of some of the most exquisite collection of cars there can ever be.Recently, there were reports of Katrina Kaif bidding adieu to her Audi and purchasing a Range Rover which apparently cost her somewhere around Rs 2.33 crore. The Range Rover is a top end model and counted among one of the swankiest four-wheelers.However, a report in India Today says that the Range Rover was gifted to Katrina Kaif by close friend Salman Khan. The report suggests that Salman brought four Range Rovers – one for himself, one for his mother Salma, one for Arbaaz and one for Katrina Kaif. Speculations are rife that Salman apparently bought it to gift it to Katrina Kaif who came to his rescue when Priyanka Chopra backed out of the project at the last minute.Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan recently finished shooting for Bharat which also stars Jackie Shroff, Disha Patani and Sunil Grover. According to Bollywood Hungama, Salman and Katrina, who will be playing crossed lovers in Bharat, will be destroying their “Rs 10 crore set erected for the shoot in Mumbai Film City.” Moreover, Salman was also seen sweating it out in the gym to look best for his part for the climax sequence.Earlier, Priyanka had been roped in to play the female lead but owing to her sudden engagement and marriage plans with beau Nick Jonas, the diva had to back out. There were reports of Salman Khan being upset with Priyanka over her decision to leave his project after committing the dates, but, once Salman attended Priyanka’s wedding reception, all such rumours were brought to rest.last_img read more

All things Punjabi

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first_imgAfter three days of a delightful cultural extravaganza that left people wanting for more, the Punjabi Mela came to an end on Sunday(27 April) with high volatage performances of singers Mamta Joshi and Lakhwinder Wadali lighting up the last evening. The talents enthralled the whole mass present at the event.Apart from a blasting ending of the festival, the first evening  (25 April) saw performances by singers Gurmeet Bawa, Lachi and Glory Bawa and Jasbir Jassi. The people of Delhi turned up to devote their Saturday to a rocking Punjabi feast, where hugely popular Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali charmed the audience with his performance on the second day (26 April). Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Presented by the Punjabi Academy, the three-day festival showcased the vibrancy of the land of five rivers at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts where the best of Punjab was brought to the capital. Ranging from the traditional artefacts of Punjab like phulkari and Punjabi jutti to bhangra and giddha and mouth licking delicacies like Amritsari Kulcha. Over three days ethnic Punjabi items and artefacts like nale parande, bangles, wooden furniture and inlay items were put on display and sale in a perfect Punjabi Mela setting. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixCultural events like gatka, bazigar, dhadi, naqal, gidha, been, algoza dhol and bhangra vowed the audience while the evenings were devoted to Punjabi music.’Through this festival, we tried to create the atmosphere of a Punjabi village in a traditional mela-like setting where all the traditional artefacts of Punjab were displayed and sold. Punjab’s vibrant culture, its rich cuisine and soulful music, has always attracted people, and the people who turned up were delighted by the colorful display and songs and music. We hope to keep alive many of these traditions through such festivals,’  said Jawahar Dhawan, Secretary, Punjabi Academy.last_img read more

Suranjan Das resumes duty as VC mum on students union poll

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first_imgKolkata: Jadavpur University Vice-Chancellor Prof Suranjan Das on Tuesday refused to comment on the holding of students’ union election in the varsity. Das, who was on leave after he was heckled during a protest by students on February 19 and hospitalised for two days, resumed his duties on Tuesday and held discussion with teachers and students union representatives on academic issues. The V-C told reporters he has nothing new to comment when asked about his views on holding students’ union polls at the earliest as demanded by the Arts Faculty Students’ Union (AFSU), Science Faculty Students Union (SFSU) and Faculty of Engineering and Technology Students’ Union (FETSU). Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”I don’t have anything to comment on this issue today,” he said. Pro-VC Pradip Kumar Ghosh had sent a letter to the Higher Education department on February 25, requesting it to facilitate a tripartite discussion among the university, students and the higher education department on the issue of students’ union polls. The V-C had earlier maintained the JU cannot take any decision on its own about holding the students union polls and any decision on this issue can only be taken by the government.last_img read more

Magic in the air with Transats annual Flights in Search of Santa

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first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, December 9, 2016 TORONTO — Air Transat and Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada hosted hundreds of children with a life-threatening diagnosis for a special flight to meet Santa yesterday.The flights, which took off from Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, were part of Air Transat’s 12th annual Flights in Search of Santa, a joint effort in partnership with Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. For the second year in a row, a flight from Paris carrying some 50 sick children and their families also took off in search of Santa.Onboard the flights Air Transat announced a $98,975 donation to Children’s Wish, which represents the amounts collected over the past year as part of the airline’s ‘Small Change, Big Hearts’ program and other initiatives. Yesterday’s donation is in addition to the more than $5 million raised for Children’s Wish since the inception of the partnership between the two organizations.“There is truly nothing better than seeing a child smile in wonderment, and we in turn are delighted to bring a little magic into the lives of hundreds of children across Canada and in France,” said Jean-Francois Lemay, President, Air Transat. “The Flights in Search of Santa is at the core of our partnership with The Children’s Wish Foundation and is the Air Transat family’s favourite event of the year.”More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalThe memorable day began at the Air Transat check-in counter at Toronto-Pearson airport, where some 250 passengers, including children living with severe illnesses, along with members of their families, received their boarding passes for the North Pole. They then made their way to the boarding lounge, where a number of festive activities awaited. Finally, they took their seats in the aircraft for a 90-minute flight during which Santa Claus made a surprise appearance and distributed presents.“Children’s Wish Foundation is very fortunate to be able to count on the support of Air Transat, a partner since 2004,” said Chris Kotsopoulos, CEO of The Children’s Wish Foundation. “This event is truly one of the greatest moments of the year for Children’s Wish and for the participating children. We are delighted that Air Transat is here to help us make this unique day possible for these kids, for whom illness is a daily reality.”The annual Flights in Search of Santa come together with the collaboration of several partners including Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto Pearson, Vancouver International airports and Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport, and the volunteer efforts of Air Transat employees. Posted by Magic in the air with Transat’s annual ‘Flights in Search of Santa’center_img The Canadian Press Share Tags: Air Transatlast_img read more