Make-A-Wish 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.
A wish is not a fleeting gift - each child's Wish Journey is carefully planned and delivered over several stages to create a positive, lasting impact.
- Wishes are designed to complement a child's medical treatment, working to calm, distract and inspire at a time they need it most.
- When a wish is realised, a child discovers that despite their situation, anything is possible.
- In this way, wishes deliver both an immediate boost and long lasting effect on the lives of sick kids, their families and communities.
With more than 37 years of feedback from local wish families, along with a growing body of international research, shows that wishes give kids with critical illness greater strength and hope for their future.
Don't just take our word for it - watch the video to experience the goose-bump-inducing, life-changing power of a wish.
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In Australia today, the latest studies suggest more than 14,000 children are living with a life-threatening illness*. Thousands more are born or diagnosed with serious illnesses each year:
- Approximately 2,400 babies are born with a heart condition each year (aihw.gov.au)
- One in every 2,500 births produces a child with cystic fibrosis (cysticfibrosis.org.au)
- More than 1000 children and teenagers (0-19 years) are diagnosed with cancer (aihw.gov.au)
- One in 2800 children are born with a condition that causes childhood dementia (Childhood Dementia Initiative)
While many of these children eventually go on to lead 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.
*Source: Bowers AP. (2022) Estimate of the number of children aged 3 to 17 years with a life-limiting condition in Australia. Figure estimated using data obtained under a Public Health Act granted for Bowers AP. Planning for paediatric palliative care services in Queensland: Characteristics, demographics and health needs of children and young people with life-limiting conditions [unpublished PhD thesis]. Brisbane: Queensland University of Technology; 2020. Contact [email protected] for further information.
As one of Australia's most trusted charities*, we work in partnership with sick children, their families and medical teams to design and deliver wishes that are as unique as the children who imagine them.
No two wishes are alike - but every wish transforms the lives of those involved, from children themselves to their family, friends, the wish team and wider community.
Find out more about our vision, mission and values.
*The Annual Charity RepTrak Study - 2018, 2019 and 2020
Join the #WishForce
With more than 950 families currently on a Wish Journey, we need generous donors, volunteers and supporters to bring wishes to life.
Please, help us make a lasting impact. Together, we can give seriously ill children the anticipation and legacy of one true wish – helping them discover anything is possible.
Behind every child's wish is a team of dedicated specialists, committed to working making the impossible possible.
Our board provide invaluable expertise and leadership.
Our amazing and passionate volunteer network give their time, energy and skills to make wishes come true all over Australia.
Our Ambassadors help raise awareness and increase our impact.
Make-A-Wish Australia is part of the world’s largest wish-granting charity, Make-A-Wish Foundation International.
For more information, visit the Australian Charities and Not- For-Profits Commission website.