WINNIPEG — It was a day of fun, joy and make believe as nearly 100 little girls dressed up to be transformed into princesses for a day.
It’s part of a unique fundraising event for the Children’s Wish Foundation.
94 little girls, including 34 who are battling life-threatening or chronic illnesses, spent the day at the Manitoba Legislature which had been turned in to “Castle Chavella.”
Stella Mazza started the event 10 years ago after fighting her own battle with breast cancer.
“Soon after my own experience with breast cancer, I bought a princess dress for my then preschooler daughter who not only loved the dress, but spontaneously danced around in it,” said Mazza.
From then on she knew she wanted other little girls to be able to have a day where to forget about all their troubles.
“Everyday they are faced with all their battles of doctors, needles, chemo, surgery,” said Mazza. “This is a day where they can just literally play and just forget about all that because during the week it’s a tough week for them. We find that most of them love to wear their ball gowns to their next doctor visit.
Princess for a day participants are sponsored through the donations of Winnipeggers.
The girls get whisked away and outfitted with a ball gown, sparkling tiara and jewels.
The grand finale is a lunch in the royal dining room.