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The Dream Factory is proud to be the new partner of the Manitoba Paddling Association to host one of the summer's biggest events: The Dream Factory MB School Dragon Boat Challenge! It is one of the largest school activities in the province, and we couldn't be more excited to be a part of it!

The festival is a fundraiser for The Dream Factory, a Winnipeg based charitable organization dedicated to fulfilling dreams for Manitoba kids who are battling life- threatening illnesses. We need paddlers and  teams to raise funds and help us to make dreams come true for kids who desperately need a break from hospitals, medical treatments and the very adult challenges that come with serious illness. All funds raised stay in Manitoba to help Manitoba kids and their families. 

We are hoping that Manitoba school kids and their families will help us help Manitoba sick kids and their families by raising a minimum of $75 per paddler.

Everything we do is focused on helping sick kids and their families.

If helping to make a dream come true for a deserving child isn’t incentive enough to gather pledges, then please read on:

  1. There is a special recognition race for the Top Eight Fundraising teams, and the fastest three teams each receive a trophy!
  2. There are special bursaries for the Top Three Fundraising teams!
  3. There are gift certificates from Chapters for each of the Top Three Individual Fundraisers!

How do you get involved? Easy, get your Team Captain to register your team for fundraising on this site (click on Register to FUNdraise for this Event on the right side of the page), then join the team online and reach out to friends and family across the country to safely and securely gather online pledges. Or you can gather pledges from family, friends and neighbours and record them on the pledge form that you can print off from this site, or get from your Team Captain. All individual pledges gathered will contribute to their Team’s Total.

Thank you for helping us bring dreams to life!

To learn more about The Dream Factory, please visit: 







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Meet our Dream Kids:

Meet Alex

Alex is a 17-year old who has endured 3 ½ years of treatment while battling cancer and suffering a stroke. Alex was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) when he was 13-years old.

Alex's illness didn't stop him from doing what he loves, and while he was undergoing treatment he broke new ground as the first Canadian cadet to complete a gruelling, four-day military training march. Walking 40-kilometres a day for four days he completed the Nijmegen March in the Netherlands.

This summer, Alex is looking forward to his Dream Trip to Italy with his family. He views this trip as an opportunity to say thank you to his family for all of the love and support he received during his battle with cancer.

Your team's FUNdraising can help Alex's dream come true; or make a donation here

Meet Lily

Lily is an 8 year old girl battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) – a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. When it came time for Lily to choose her dream, she came in with a plan in mind: meet Hope and Winter, dolphins at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (and the stars of the popular “Dolphin Tale” movies). 

Winter is a dolphin that, like Lily, has overcome tremendous odds, losing her tail and having to learn to swim with a prosthetic. Her grandma describes them as an extension of her family – a beacon of hope, and a reminder to keep fighting. She even follows the live webcam to check in on them and see how they are doing.

Your team's FUNdraising can help to  make Lily's dream come true; or make a donation here

Meet Ryder

Ryder is a 5-year-old boy facing Infant Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemkia, and has been battling this disease since he was 8 months old.

This summer, Ryder’s dream Fire Hall was delivered and it was a day of pure celebration. As a wonderful surprise, The Dream Factory had our new friends from the Stonewall Fire Department join us. They brought Ryder his own turn out gear, fire truck, and (though Ryder was leery at first) a new friend in Sparky the Fire Dog.

Ryder now has somewhere to have adventures, play with his friends, and just be a kid, right in our own backyard. His favourite part of the fire house? The fire pole, of course!

Your team's FUNdraising can help make more dreams like Ryder's come true; or make a donation here

Meet Our Dream Families