Keira Lynam from Laois went to Disneyland Paris with Make-a-Wish.
Make-a-Wish Ireland is appealing for 25 volunteers in Laois to help out on Wish Day fundraising day to help raise funds that can help make the dreams of children with serious illness.
Volunteers will be asked asked to give just a few hours of their time to sell wristbands, on Friday, March 9 in their local supermarket or shopping centre in order to raise much-needed funds for the charity.
Last year, in Laois alone, the charity made wishes come true for five local children living with life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, cystic fibrosis and Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Research shows children who have wishes granted are more likely to build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a serious illness. This improves their quality of life and produces better health outcomes.* Make-A-Wish does not receive any government funding and is solely dependent on the generosity of the general public to continue granting wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Ireland.
Keira Lynam (5) from Laois is living with cystic fibrosis and recently had her wish granted when she got to have lunch with her favourite princesses at Disneyland Resort Paris.
Her mum, Louise said Keira had a great time.
“Keira and all of us had an amazing time in Disneyland... She was so amazed that her face was lighting up the whole time!”
According to Make-A-Wish Ireland, children's wishes can range from being a princess for the day or meeting their hero, to going on a once-in-a-lifetime family holiday. Wherever possible, the child’s family is invited to share in the wish experience, creating lasting memories for all the family, the wider local community and all of those involved in granting the wish.
Make-A-Wish Ireland CEO is Susan O’Dwyer.
“Children with life-threatening illnesses need your help today. Your precious gift of time this Wish Day will enable us to make wishes come true for seriously ill children when they most need strength, hope and joy. We have granted almost 2,200 wishes for Irish children which would not be possible without the support of the Irish public.
"A few hours from the people of Laois on Friday 9th March to help raise valuable funds will make wishes come true for more children in your community,” she said.
All of the proceeds raised from the sale of the €2 bands supports wish granting for children living with life-threatening illnesses.
To sign up to volunteer visit www.makeawish.ie/wishday or contact Daragh on (01) 2052011 / firstname.lastname@example.org