WLR wants you to Wear What You Wish
WLR Challenges Local Businesses and Schools to Dress Up for Wishes
WLR has partnered with Make-A-Wish® Ireland for Wear What You Wish on Thursday 25th October 2018. The Big Breakfast Blaa on WLR is calling on all workplaces, schools and clubs to host a fancy-dress day in aid of Make-A-Wish Ireland. Participants will raise money by dressing up as what they wished to be when they were growing up, or what they wish to be when they finally do! All funds raised will go towards granting wishes to children with serious illnesses.
Local sport stars Ken McGrath and Niamh Briggs attended the launch of the event in jerseys that represent the dreams they had as children; Ken wished to win multiple All-Irelands, while Niamh said, “my wish has always been to wear the green for Irish Rugby. Not all wishes come true, but by dressing up for Make-A-Wish on Thursday 25th October, you can help grant wishes to seriously ill children across Ireland.”
Make-A-Wish Ireland grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, bringing hope, strength and happiness. Since 1992, Make-A-Wish has granted wishes for more than 2,300 brave children across Ireland, including 221 wishes granted in 2017 alone. A wish granted is true magic for the child, providing respite from their normal routines of hospitals, doctors and treatment. Make-A-Wish does not receive any government funding and relies overwhelmingly on the kindness of the Irish public to continue granting wishes.
Each morning from 15th to 19thth October, The Big Breakfast Blaa on WLR will be talking to the families of local children who have had their wishes granted about the impact Make-A-Wish has had on their lives. Those interested in participating can register on www.makeawish.ie and download a fundraising pack. The Make-A-Wish team will also be on hand to deliver sponsorship packs to local businesses and schools.
Can you help us grant a wish for a brave child?
You can make a single donation today OR you can make a monthly donation which will help us plan for the future.
OR, you can support Make-A-Wish by texting MYWISH to 50300 to donate €4.
Text costs €4. Make-A-Wish will receive a minimum of €3.60. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 6805278.
Ahead of ‘Wear What You Wish Day’ on October 25th, Ollie and Mary have been speaking to families in the South East who have had their wishes granted. From meeting Khloe Kardashian in L.A, to swimming with dolphins in Portugal; these five powerful testimonies show the utter magic that’s created for children with serious illnesses through the Make a Wish Foundation. Have a listen below.
Lola ‘Star’ Dunne
Ollie and Mary are asking you to “Wear What you Wish” on October 25th, to help raise funds for the Make a Wish Foundation, which helps children with serious illnesses in Waterford and beyond achieve their dreams. Jeanette tells the story of Lola’s rare condition, and how some magic was brought into their lives when ‘Make a Wish’ brought her swimming with dolphins in Portugal.
Ollie and Mary have been chatting to families who benefited from the “Make a Wish Foundation,” which helps children with serious illnesses from Waterford and further afield live out their dreams. On October 25th, schools, business and groups across Waterford will be encourage to take part in “Where What You Wish” to raise funds for the charity. Lexi Murphy had a double lung transplant in 2016, and her wish was granted a month later.
Ollie and Mary are asking you to “Wear What You Wish” to school, college, work, (or wherever!) on October 25th, to raise funds for the Make a Wish Foundation. The charity helps children with serious illnesses in Waterford and beyond to live our their dreams. One such child is Joshua McCarthy, who got to go to Disneyland Paris. His Mum Ann tells her story.
On October 25th, Ollie and Mary are asking you to “Wear What you Wish” as a fundraiser for the Make a Wish Foundation. Ahead of that they’ve been hearing from families whose children have had a chance to forget about being sick for a time, and live out their dreams, thanks to the charity. Felicity and her Mum tell their story.
By taking part in “Wear What You Wish” day on Thursday October 25th, you’ll be raising vital funds for the Make a Wish Foundation, which helps children with serious illnesses in Waterford and beyond live out their dreams. Nine year old Josh Becker is living with a rare and life-threatening condition. Through Make a Wish, he went to the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. His Mum Ailish and Dad Elko joined him in studio.
How the Make-A-Wish Foundation began
During a long night-time stakeout kneeling in some desert weeds in the spring of 1980, U.S. Customs Agent Tommy Austin tells Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer Ron Cox his problem. His wife’s friend Linda has a small son named Chris Greicius who is probably going to die of leukaemia. The seven-year-old boy yearns to be a police officer “to catch bad guys” with Austin. Running into bureaucratic hesitation at Customs, Austin asks Cox if maybe DPS can do something. “I’ll rent a helicopter myself if I have to,” Austin says.
Cox takes the request to DPS spokesman Allan Schmidt and he gives Schmidt carte blanche to grant Chris’ wish. Soon Austin receives a call from Chris’ mom saying that she doesn’t think he can hang on much longer.
“None of us had any idea what we were getting into at the time,” Schmidt will recall 30 years later. On April 29, Chris comes from Scottsdale Memorial Hospital to the empty lot by DPS. There he and his parents are given a tour. That’s when Lt. Col. Dick Schaefer gives the boy a “Smokey Bear” hat and one of his own old badges, and Chris becomes Arizona’s first and only honorary DPS officer.
Everyone who meets the beaming boy chewing bubble gum wants to help. At the end of the day, some of those involved meet in a spontaneous group hug and realise they don’t want the day to be the end of it. They also know they don’t have much time. Two of them, Cox and
Eaves, go to John’s Uniforms and order one Chris’ size. Employees work all night to have it ready the next day. A group of officers take the uniform to his house, where Shankwitz sets up cones for Chris to steer his battery-powered motorcycle through to qualify for a motorcycle officer’s wings.
But when they return the next day to present the wings to Chris, he’s gone back into the hospital. With his DPS gifts all around him, clutching his new wings, Chris gives a last smile for the men who have done so much for him in such a short time. He passes May 3.
“He was only seven years, 269 days old when he died. But he taught me about being a man. Even though he was only a boy. I can tell you that because of meeting Chris, I am an entirely different man.” – Tommy Austin, Make-A-Wish co-founder, about our first wish kid, Chris Greicius.
“It’s been more than 30 years since my son Chris received his wish, and I am still amazed and inspired how one little boy’s dream to be a policeman has touched the lives of so many thousands of people. ” – Linda Pauling, Chris Greicius’s mother