Make-A-Wish® is the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 39 international affiliates. With the help of generous donors and volunteers, Make-A-Wish Foundation International has collectively realized more than 350,000 wishes worldwide.
Make-A-Wish® began in the USA in 1980, aiming at the granting wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses to enrich their lives with hope, strength, and joy after the fulfillment of the first wish. At that time, a 7-year-old American boy, Christopher Greicius, afflicted with leukemia wished that he could become a policeman. As a result of several caring individuals, the officers of the Public Security Department of the State of Arizona helped make his wish come true on 29 April 1980. The little boy was given his very own police uniform and badge and got to ride in the police car, as well as circle around the town in a helicopter.
Those who helped make the boy’s wish come true hoped that other children with serious illnesses could also experience the same kind of happiness of having a wish come true. And so they set up Make-A-Wish®. Their convictions in helping the seriously ill feel better, gradually gained positive feedback from other countries around the world. Since 1998, Make-A-Wish Foundation International has dedicated April 29 as the “World Wish Day”.
Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong was founded under the administration of Keswick Foundation. In 1998 they registered as a non-profit charity organization in Hong Kong and became a member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation International, which has its headquarters in USA.
To date Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong has granted more than 1,630 wishes
Their Mission: To grant wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy
What you can do to help
Volunteers are the backbone of Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong’s mission. By volunteering with Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong, you will be able to contribute your valuable time, talent and expertise to bring unforgettable moments of joy to children. Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong believes it will also provide you with a heartwarming and rewarding experience.
Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong provides a variety of opportunities for volunteers to contribute their time and special talents and help make wishes come true. They are looking for volunteers in a variety of areas including:
* Visiting Wish Children
* Granting Wishes
* Organizing Celebration Parties
* Assisting Their Events
* Providing Clerical Support
For more information, please visit their website.