Ben's wish to meet The Wiggles
Ben dreamed off leaving behind the endless hospital appointments for a chance to meet his favourite performers of all time, The Wiggles. Thanks to generous donors and supporters like you, Ben’s wish came true. This is his story.
Ben could lay claim to being New Zealand’s biggest fan of The Wiggles. But living with spina bifida, Ben’s spent more time in hospital than most kids his age.
The 10-year-old dreamed of leaving behind the appointments at hospital to meet The Wiggles and show them how much of a fan he really is.
A Wiggles Wish
Ben immerses himself in everything Wiggles. He has just about every available piece of merchandise, has seen them in concert no less than 12 times and knows the words and dance routines by heart to every single song
Ben even has his own YouTube Channel where he sings and dances to all the Wiggles hits to his 250 subscribers.
When he was told his wish to meet The Wiggles had been granted, Ben couldn’t wait to make the flight from New Zealand to Sydney.
Ben was well-prepared for his wish day, having spent the previous day in Sydney at the Wiggles Exhibition picking up the odd piece of merchandise he didn’t already have.
On the day a limo picked him up from his hotel room (and dropped him back later). Ben got to spend 40 minutes talking to The Wiggles but that wasn’t it – he also got to go on stage and perform with them! Ben sang Do the Propeller and Have A Good Day (Kia Pai To Ra) with The Wiggles. His singing and moves won special praise from Anthony Wiggle.
There’s one video clip that’s become Ben’s most favourite – that’s the one of him dancing on stage with The Wiggles. In Ben’s words “nothing will ever replace this moment”.
Ben’s mum Claire said the whole experience from leaving home to their return was memorable. She said Ben enjoyed the limo ride and the accommodation, having a big bed to himself and use of an awesome shower. Even on their return to New Zealand Claire said they were surprised to find a bag of goodies for Ben.
Anthony Wiggle was so impressed with Ben’s talent that he featured the video of Ben singing backstage on his Instagram page, and even invited Ben on stage to sing with The Wiggles during the concert!Make-A-Wish volunteer
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