Make-A-Wish® Australia creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Our mission is to grant the wish of every eligible child – a quest sparked by the belief that a wish is integral to a child’s treatment.
In Australia today, more than 9,500 children have a life-threatening illness*. Thousands are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness each year, including:
- More than 950 children diagnosed with cancer (Children’s Cancer Institute)
- Approximately one in every 2,500 births produces a child with cystic fibrosis (cysticfybrosis.org.au)
- Around 3,000 babies born with a heart condition (health.gov.au)
While many of these children eventually go on to live normal, healthy lives - the fight for their future is all consuming. During the weeks, months and often years of treatment, there’s little opportunity for sick kids to just be kids, and enjoy moments other families take for granted.
We work in partnership with sick children, their families and medical teams to design and deliver wish experiences that are as unique as the children who imagine them. No two wishes are alike, from the simple to the seemingly impossible – we’ve made unicorns fly, sent kids to the moon and even helped Australia’s youngest ever cricket captain don the baggy green.
Wishes transform the lives of sick kids, their families and communities. Research shows that wishes work to complement medical treatment, helping to calm, distract and empower sick kids at the time they need it most. When a wish is realised, a child discovers that despite their situation, anything is possible.
Make-A-Wish is one of Australia’s most trusted charities and part of largest wish-granting organisation in the world. As a registered Australian charity, we rely completely on the generosity of our volunteers, partners, donors and supporters to make wishes happen.
*Source: Palliative Care Service Development Guidelines – Dec 2018 Paediatric Addendum