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Welcome to our School HUB

There are so many ways teachers and students can get involved in raising much needed funds - online or in the real world. Whatever you choose, Make-A-Wish is here to help every step of the way.

About this page

Kids love helping other kids – and they definitely love wishes – which makes fundraising with Make-A-Wish a great fit for your school.

There’s so many ways kids can get involved and challenge themselves, while learning about helping others. Whatever you choose, we can help.

What is a wish?

A wish is something that is really special and magical, just for critically ill children. At Make-A-Wish, we believe every wish is unique, because every child is unique. You can see lots of examples of other children's wishes here.

Wishes are designed to complement medical treatment, supporting families and empowering sick children with hope and joy when they need it most. Every child's Wish Journey is carefully planned and delivered to create a positive, lasting impact on the lives of not only sick kids themselves, but also their families and communities.

Archie tossing a cricket ball in his cricket kit

Who is eligible for a wish?

Make-A-Wish supports children with critical illnesses who are:

  • Aged between 3 and 18 years old,
  • Living in Australia, and
  • Experiencing a life-threatening illness or medical condition.

Please note, our wishes are not just for children with terminal illnesses – many wish children go on to beat their illnesses and live normal, healthy lives. You can find more info on eligibility on our website.

What is the Wish Journey?

The Wish Journey is how we bring every child’s wish to life and is part of what makes a Make-A-Wish wish so unique.

Every child's Wish Journey is carefully planned to create a positive, lasting impact on the lives of not only sick kids themselves, but also their families and communities.

We start by capturing your child’s greatest wish. Then we get busy designing and planning the wish. While your child is waiting, we'll share some activities to keep their anticipation high. And then comes the wish itself, which many wish kids say is their Best. Day. Ever.

How the Wish Journey comes to life

Make-A-Wish volunteers meet with each child to capture their greatest wish, getting to the heart of what kids truly want and why. This profound insight is part of what makes Make-A-Wish unique, giving children full creative control and helping to shape their entire Wish Journey.

Back at Wish HQ, we partner with families, volunteers and medical teams to design the ultimate wish experience - and start rallying our partners and supporters to help make it happen.

In the lead up to the wish, we share pre-wish activities designed to build excitement and provide a welcome distraction from medical treatment. Anticipation can be incredibly powerful, helping to calm, distract and inspire sick kids at a time they need it most.

When the moment finally arrives, children get to experience their greatest wish come true - it's everything they've imagined and more. Pinch yourself, and don't forget to take a breath and enjoy every precious moment!

Post wish impact studies show that a child's wish lives on, long after the moment. A wish gives more than just hope – with an incredible and lasting effect on the lives of sick kids, their families and wider communities.

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How you can help

There’s so many ways schools can get involved, while learning about helping others. Whatever you choose, we can help.

A dress up day with a difference

Wear What you Wish

If you could wish for anything, what would it be?

Aussie kids are calling on you to Wear What You Wish. Raise funds with your school just by dressing up!

Join us today and help make a lasting difference for critically ill kids.

Register here
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Wear What You Wish Toolkit

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Have you got what it bakes?

Bake A Wish

Simply choose where, when and how you're going to hold your event and we help you with the rest.

We'll send you lots of mouth-watering, wish inspired recipes and an amazing fundraising guide.

You can choose to host a bake sale, morning tea, afternoon tea, bake off, school stall or anything you like... the most important part is that you have fun.

Raise some ‘dough’ by sharing your creations in-person at school. So, grab your apron and whisk it's time to bake wishes come true!

Register here
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Bake A Wish Toolkit

BAW Bucket Band
BAW Bunting
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BAW invites
BAW name tags
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Do 30K your way!

30K challenge

For a critically ill child, a wish come true is extraordinary, unforgettable and life-changing.

When you sign up for the 30K Challenge and run, roll, walk, wiggle, prance or paddle this November, you'll help Make-A-Wish Australia grant at least one wish a day!

Have fun, get moving and grant the wonder of a wish to a critically ill child and their family.

Register here

30K challenge Toolkit

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30K Challenge - Recruitment poster
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The possibilities are endless!

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Sausage sizzles, gold-coin donation days, charity balls, trivia nights, golf days, bake sales... every dollar raised makes more wishes come true.

Whether you're looking to challenge yourself or do something with school community, share your ideas and we'll be in touch with fundraising tips, tools and support to help reach your goals.

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