#24HOPE

Our biggest fundraising day of 2019 – the 24 Hours of Possibility Event (#24HOPE) – was a stunning success, thanks to you, our amazing donors, volunteers and supporters! Here's a recap of the day.

Thank you!

On 28 August, we held our first-ever 24 Hours of Possibility Event. While the tally isn't quite final yet (there's still time to donate), an incredible $185,560 was raised by night's end, making it our biggest day of fundraising ever!

Thank you to everyone who supported the day including the generous donors, supporters and volunteers who got involved.

As a charity that doesn’t receive any government funding, we couldn't do it without you. The money raised will go a long way towards helping grant even more wishes!

Special guests

Our #24HOPE headquarters came alive with ambassadors and special friends of Make-A-Wish popping in, including Olympic swimming champion Mack Horton, racing car driver Fraser Ross, and our friend Batman (along with his mum).

Wish host

Our unstoppable host, Make-A-Wish ambassador and former wish child Niamh Sullivan, piloted continuous Facebook Live streams throughout the day and night as we caught up with some of our extraordinary wish families.

> Catch up on all the action on Facebook

Wish anticipation

Sydney Trains went live with wish child Alec to talk about his Wish Journey. The 11-year-old has a rare and aggressive childhood cancer and has endured nine months of chemotherapy and a horrific 13 hour operation.

Alec’s wish of going on a train experience where he can learn about trains and ride on a new train is now a step closer because of your support - we still need your help.

#WishForce

Over 4,000 existing donors were contacted from 9am to 8pm by a dynamic band of volunteers – our Calling Champions!

The event volunteers – many hailing from local businesses and corporates, and donning fancy dress for the day – showed immense dedication as they touched base with some of our most valued supporters.

Interested in volunteering? Find out more.

Inspirational stories

Other highlights of the day were a Crafternoon, the world premiere of Rocco’s PAWsome adventure: the wish video, a Q&A with our wish team, and a live streamed interview with Australia’s youngest ever Test cricket captain, the unforgettable Archie.

Spreading the word

Our brand and message went far and wide across the universe, with more than 30 media stories and an uncountable number of posts and shares from our friends, business partners and incredible volunteers, including Robyn Moore!

Wish kids

Another brand new video of wish kid Claude’s meeting with NBA superstar Ben Simmons was also screened for the first time – and there to see it were Claude, dad Matt and brother Hamish.

We were also joined by wish kid Fraser and Ziggy!

And finally...

The #24HOPE program concluded with crooner Harrison Craig’s rendition of the song Unchained Melody.

It was an unforgettable day that was only possible thanks to the wonderful individuals and organisations who got behind it. Thank you for supporting #24HOPE!

There's still time to donate