CEO Update

CEO Update

It’s been an unforgettable year for Make-A-Wish Australia so far, thanks to you!

The year kicked off with Dom’s wish to be Iron Boy – a truly spectacular event which captured hearts around Australia and reached a phenomenal 2 billion people worldwide.

Then our wonderful Wish Force (everyone who comes together to make wishes possible… including you!), also made a unicorn fly for Scarlett, transformed Asha into a mermaid, and helped Carter discover dinosaurs!

Your support is making the impossible possible

Really sick kids believe that if their most cherished wish can come true, then anything is possible – including succeeding in the battle for their health.

For Dom, becoming Iron Boy changed his whole outlook on life, and his illness. His mum shared, “Dom used to be worried about trying new things, saying he wasn’t any good at sport. Now, he’s got the confidence to get in there and give things a go. I couldn’t believe when he came second in his swimming carnival race!”

We see the power of a wish for really sick kids like Dom time and time again. And I’m thrilled that there’s now even more international research confirming this impact.

The impact of a wish

Last year, Make-A-Wish Israel engaged researchers to look into the positive effects of a wish on 66 children and teenagers with life-threatening cancer. And the results were truly remarkable.

The children who received a wish (versus a control group who were yet to receive a wish) showed a significant reduction in how they perceived their own physical limitations. They exhibited less distress, depression and anxiety symptoms and their feelings of fear and despair were replaced with a greater sense of hope for their future. This is the effect you have on really sick kids every day through your generous support of Make-A-Wish.

Thank you for helping to make wishes come true

Your support truly has a life-changing impact. I’m so grateful for all you do to bring the healing power of a wish to really sick kids and teens.

With my best wishes,

Gerard Menses, CEO


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