Happy World Wish Day!
29 April is World Wish Day and this year, Make-A-Wish will celebrate 40 years of life-changing wishes globally - including almost 35 years in Australia.
29 April 2020
Wishes need stars like you
In 1980, our friends at Make-A-Wish America granted the very first wish for 7-year-old Chris Greicius – sparking what's since become the global wish-granting movement we know and love today.
On 29 April, Make-A-Wish chapters all over the world celebrate World Wish Day, recalling Chris’ wish and the half a million wishes we've granted together since - with many more yet to come:
- Around the world, a wish is granted every 16 minutes to a child with a life-threatening illness.
- When a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope.
- Wishes can give children the strength to keep going and to fight their critical illnesses.
- Wishes only come true thanks to generous support from people like you. Now more than ever, we need your help.
Wishes are waiting
This year is a World Wish Day like no other. We know that right now, because of COVID-19, more children are waiting for a wish than ever before. Your support has never been more urgently required.
The first wish
Make-A-Wish was inspired by the wish of 7-year-old Chris Greicius, who had leukemia and wished to be a policeman.
His mother, friends and a group of police officers came together to grant his wish, with a custom-made uniform, helmet, badge, and helicopter ride!
In 2019, a retelling of Chris' wish was popularised in the movie, Wish Man.
Donate to give hope to kids waiting for wishes
Messages of Hope
We estimate that at least one wish a day in Australia could be delayed by COVID-19. That’s one child every day without something powerful to look forward to.
All over the world, Make-A-Wish is inviting our community to share messages of hope with wish kids on World Wish Day:
- Write, video or photograph yourself sharing a message of hope - this could be a song, dance, chalk drawing or whatever else you can imagine! Be sure to speak from the heart, let them know they're not alone, and that it's OK to keep wishing
- Post to any social media channel, tag @MakeAWishAust and use the hashtag, #WishesAreWaiting
- Tag and challenge two or more of your friends to join in
Check out celebrity Ryan Reynolds and others in the video for some inspiration to get you started!