Our history

Our history

The very first Australian wish was granted in 1985 to 16 year old Shawn from Footscray, Melbourne, who wished to see his favourite footy team in action.
Shawn Clelland receives the first Australian Make-A-Wish, to meet his favourite footy player

The very first Australian wish was granted in 1985 to 16 year old Shawn from Footscray, Melbourne, who wished to see his favourite footy team in action. Shawn’s wish had an incredible ripple effect. It inspired those involved to bring the healing power of a wish to other very sick kids and teens – and soon, more and more people became involved. And so Make-A-Wish Australia was born! From a single wish, hope, strength and joy has since been, and continues to be, delivered to thousands of children and families around the country.