Make-A-Wish makes the cherished wishes of children and teenagers battling life-threatening medical conditions come true – giving them hope for the future, strength to face the challenges of their illness, and joy from their incredible wish experience.
Each day, six families around Australia receive the devastating news that their child has a serious illness. That’s 2,000 really sick kids and teens who need the healing power of a wish each year. Yet, currently, we’re able to take just over 500 children and teenagers on a unique wish journey.
Make-A-Wish wishes are vital, build resilience and, together with medical treatment, give seriously ill children the best chance of survival. We’re committed to ensuring each and every one of the really sick kids and teens around the country experiences the healing power of a wish.
Make-A-Wish has been making wishes come true around the world since 1980, and in Australia we’ve granted over 8,000 life-changing wishes since 1985. As we receive no government funding, this is only possible thanks to the wonderful support and generosity of local communities, individuals and business partners along with our incredible national network of volunteers.
What does Make-A-Wish® Australia do?
Make-A-Wish Australia makes cherished wishes come true for children and teenagers fighting life-threatening medical conditions, to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
How did Make-A-Wish® begin?
Make-A-Wish originated in the United States in 1980. It grew from the dreams of a young boy Christopher Greicius, who had leukaemia and wanted to be a patrolman. His dream came true and after he passed away, his mother Linda Bergendahl-Pauling, helped form Make-A-Wish.
Does money donated only go to children in Australia?
Yes. Although Make-A-Wish is a worldwide charity, the money raised in Australia goes towards making wishes come true for seriously ill children in Australia.
How large is Make-A-Wish in Australia?
Make-A-Wish Australia is a national charity with over 1,100 volunteers across 57 branches. The National Office is in Richmond, Victoria and there are also state offices in Brisbane, Sydney and Perth.
How many wishes do you grant?
Since Make-A-Wish began in Australia, we have granted more than 8,000 wishes to children in Australia. Worldwide, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 270,000 wishes.
What types of illnesses do wish children suffer from?
All wish recipients have a life-threatening medical condition. Although this covers a range of illnesses approximately 60% of children who are granted wishes have some form of cancer.
How does Make-A-Wish Australia raise money?
Make-A-Wish Australia raises money to grant wishes in a variety of ways including:
- Individual donors and regular givers
- Business Partnerships
- Community Fundraising
A considerable amount of funds are also raised by our wonderful volunteers who conduct everything from sausage sizzles and trivia nights to major gala balls.
Where does my donation go?
Make-A-Wish Australia operates under strict fundraising regulations set down by Government and our financial records, (which can be viewed at www.makeawish.org.au) all fall within the regulations guidelines.