Make-A-Wish Shared Appeal

Help give critically ill children in Israel and Australia hope when they need it most.

Your support is vital

You have the power to change lives in both Australia and Israel through the Make-A-Wish Shared Appeal. All donations are shared between the two countries – where you live and where you love.

Your contribution helps critically ill children in Australia and Israel cope with their new reality through a life-changing wish. You'll make a difference by giving them a sense of hope, belief and resilience for their future.

Ways to support

Help give critically ill children hope

Help change lives with your donation.

All donations to the Make-A-Wish Australia and Israel Shared Appeal are shared between the two countries.

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If you’re about to celebrate a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, birthday, wedding or other milestone celebration, make it even more meaningful by helping wishes to come true for children with a life-threatening condition in Australia and Israel.

Get started by creating a fundraising page to share with friends and family.

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Please get in touch today to find out more about the Shared Appeal and how you can make a lasting contribution.

Speak to Sarah Singer on 03 9426 0736 or get in touch through our contact form.

The power of a wish

Meet Noga

"My wish gave me the motivation to cope and fight every obstacle that came my way, with the ultimate goal of getting back to my normal life.

"Make-A-Wish gave me and my family strength and hope at a time when we needed it the most.

"The power of a wish is so incredible, and for me it was life-changing."

Noga Barkan, cancer survivor, former wish child and Make-A-Wish Ambassador

Make a life-changing difference

All donations are shared between the two countries - where you live and where you love.

When a child and family are threatened with life-threatening diagnosis, I have no doubt that a wish makes all the difference in their treatment journey. Time and time over, I’ve seen the wonderful effect of a wish - not just happiness, but true, long-lasting joy.

Dr Margaret Little Paediatric Oncologist, Queensland Children's Hospital

Latest impact studies

The impact of a wish

Wishes lead to increased joy and happiness for wish children, their parents and siblings - achieved through excitement and anticipation prior to the wish, by wishes exceeding expectations, and by creating an environment where children feel special.

2019 Study: ‘Understanding the Impact of Make-A-Wish UK Wishes on Children with Life-Threatening Conditions and their Families’, by Dr Gemma Heath, Cassandra Screti, Dr Rebecca Knibb and Professor Helen Pattison – January 2019.

Wish families describe increased resilience and coping - demonstrated through post-wish reports of greater confidence in children and parents, who felt better equipped to overcome adverse events in the future.

2019 Study: ‘Understanding the Impact of Make-A-Wish UK Wishes on Children with Life-Threatening Conditions and their Families’, by Dr Gemma Heath, Cassandra Screti, Dr Rebecca Knibb and Professor Helen Pattison – January 2019.

Wishes open up horizons for young people and their families – whose beliefs about what they could achieve in life broadened post-wish, enabling them to aspire to more, engage in activities they previously considered not possible, and generally live fuller lives.

2019 Study: ‘Understanding the Impact of Make-A-Wish UK Wishes on Children with Life-Threatening Conditions and their Families’, by Dr Gemma Heath, Cassandra Screti, Dr Rebecca Knibb and Professor Helen Pattison – January 2019.

Wishes provide a welcome distraction from a child’s illness and treatment - and motivate young people to engage with their treatment. For parents, wishes provide respite from worry about their child’s condition.

2019 Study: ‘Understanding the Impact of Make-A-Wish UK Wishes on Children with Life-Threatening Conditions and their Families’, by Dr Gemma Heath, Cassandra Screti, Dr Rebecca Knibb and Professor Helen Pattison – January 2019.

Wishes facilitate a sense of family togetherness and normalcy

Some parents describe reassessing their own priorities and making lifestyle changes following a wish.

2019 Study: ‘Understanding the Impact of Make-A-Wish UK Wishes on Children with Life-Threatening Conditions and their Families’, by Dr Gemma Heath, Cassandra Screti, Dr Rebecca Knibb and Professor Helen Pattison – January 2019.

About Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish Australia and Make-A-Wish Israel work alongside an incredible team of more than 1,150 volunteers to create life-changing wishes for children aged 3 – 18 years living with a critical illness.

Our mission is to create a unique and unforgettable wish for every one of them.

Together we’ve made more than 14,000 wishes come true. We operate independent of government funding – it’s the generosity of our volunteers, supporters and partners that make wishes happen.

Donations made to the Make-A-Wish Shared Appeal go towards Make-A-Wish Israel and Make-A-Wish Australia, helping wishes come true in both countries.