The Butterfly Project


Parkinson’s Disease can affect all sorts of great people like Mohammad Ali, Michael J. Fox and our grandfather, Francis Mathew .
ur Appa was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2009. What started as a simple tremor in his hand has evolved to make even the simplest of everyday tasks a huge challenge for him.

In 2015, we started crafting butterfly tokens to raise awareness for Parkinson’s Disease.  The butterflies are symbols of hope, inspired by Muhammad Ali’s quote,                                                                                         “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”.  


In June 2020, we were planning to hike to the top of Kilimanjaro in honour of our grandfather and in support of the Parkinson Research Consortium at the Ottawa Hospital – a team of clinicians and researchers  dedicated to the quest for a cure for Parkinson’s Disease.  Our plans were disrupted by the pandemic but we nevertheless managed to raise a symbolic $1 for each foot of ascension of Kilimanjaro – attaining our goal of $38,680 !!!

We are still hoping to summit Kilimanjaro, hopefully in 2022, and will be planning a new project to raise funds and awareness for a cause so close to our hearts.


Tax-deductible donations can be made to The MapleWishes Foundation Fund.
CGFCF Charitable Registration # 89671 3500 RR0001.

100% of all donations goes towards supporting The Butterfly Project. No portion of your donation will be used to cover fundraising or administrative costs.

Here is a link to our easydonate website:


You can also make a donation via cheque. 
Please make payable to “Gift Funds Canada and be sure to add “MapleWishes” in the memo line.

You can post your cheque to:

The MapleWishes Foundation
411 Mackay Street, Unit 322
Ottawa, Ontario
K1M 2K5


This is a cause that is very near and dear to our hearts, so we thank you for helping us reach our goal.

Rowan & Avery