Make-A-Wish Australia is celebrating 30 years of wishes for kids and teens facing life-threatening illnesses.
On the 25th November in 1985, Make-A-Wish Australia was launched at the Queen Victoria Medical Centre in Melbourne. Back then the organization was small but they had big dreams.
The first Australian wish was granted to a 16 year old boy Shawn who had muscular dystrophy. He wished to see his favourite AFL, the now Western Bulldogs play against the Sydney Sharks. The effect from that first wish had a ripple effect and 30 years later over 8,000 wishes to very sick kids and teens have been fulfilled.
There are over 1,100 volunteers who assist in granting wishes to these kids around Australia. The main mission of Make-A-Wish is to bring hope, strength and joy to local communities.
The wishes have been far and varied over the last 30 years. New pets, trips across the country and meeting an idol are just some of the wishes that Make-A-Wish Australia have provided. It currently grants 500 wishes per year and hopes to boost to 2000 in the next decade.
If you want to get involved in the wonderful work Make-A-Wish provides for the community, head to their website to make a donation.