City welcomes crew of HMCS Fredericton

The City of Fredericton invites the public to bring greetings on August 14 to the crew of HMCS Fredericton who will make a visit to the city.

The crew will stop in Fredericton from August 12 to August 14 as they conclude a cycling tour across New Brunswick as part of the Sailors for Wishes fundraiser for the Children’s Wish Foundation.  While in the city, they will also clean the cenotaph and assist Women in Transition House.

The closing ceremony will feature a barbeque and fundraising event at Officers’ Square at 11am as part of the closing ceremony for the visit where a wish will be presented to a nine-year-old boy.

“We are delighted to know that the crew of our City’s namesake ship will return to Fredericton,” said,” said Mayor Mike O’Brien. “We invite the public to join us for a barbeque to meet the women and men who serve on the ship.”

“This is the 10th year that HMCS Fredericton has participated in Sailors for Wishes which consists of cycling around New Brunswick and fundraising in various communities,” said Nicole Robichaud, Lieutenant-Commander of HMCS Fredericton. “ It is great that we can raise money to grant amazing children their wish as well as maintain a close relationship with our namesake city, Fredericton.”

“The HMCS Fredericton, Sailors for Wishes fundraiser has been a significant contributor to granting heartfelt wishes to local New Brunswick children for many years raising over $100,000 in the last two years alone”, said Kristin Colville, Provincial Director of the Children’s Wish Foundation. “We are currently working on 65 wishes throughout New Brunswick with the average cost of $10,000 per wish so the need is great. With the support from the sailors from the HMCS Fredericton, the City of Fredericton, and all communities along the Sailors for Wishes route, we will be well on our way to fulfilling more wishes. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this wonderful initiative to help create the magic of a wish.”

A Halifax-class frigate, HMCS Fredericton has served the Royal Canadian Navy in missions around the world since 1994. HMCS Fredericton is the eighth ship in her class which is based on the Canadian Patrol Frigate Project.