Make-A-Wish made this sick Offaly boy's dream come true - now they need you!

MAKE-A-WISH IRELAND NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

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Make-A-Wish made this sick Offaly boy's dream come true

30 local volunteers are needed in Co. Offaly on Wish Day, which takes place on Friday, March 9, to support Make-A-Wish Ireland’s flagship fundraising day.

Volunteers are asked to give just a few hours of their time to sell wristbands in their local supermarket or shopping centre in order to raise much-needed funds for the charity. Last year, in Offaly alone, the charity made wishes come true for four local children living with life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, cystic fibrosis and Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Making wishes come true can have a hugely positive impact on a child and their families, giving strength, hope and joy. 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.

Alex Coyne (8) from Tullamore is living with a rare disease called Langerhans cell histiocytosis. Last September, Make-A-Wish made Alex’s wish to go to Legoland come true, when he and his family flew to the UK for few days of fun, exploring the park and enjoying the rides. Alex’s mother Beckie said, “We all really enjoyed it, especially Alex. We even shared a plane home with Brian O'Driscoll and Alex got to meet him!”

Make-A-Wish Ireland CEO, Susan O’Dwyer said, “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 over 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 Offaly on Friday 9th March to help raise valuable funds will make wishes come true for more children in your community.”

Wish Day will take place across Ireland on Friday 9th March when Make-A-Wish volunteers will be selling wristbands and transfers, costing €2 each, at locations including Birr and Tullamore. All proceeds collected will support wish granting for children living with life-threatening illnesses.

To sign up to volunteer Click Here or contact Daragh on (01) 2052011 / daragh@makeawish.ie