How you can make a difference today
Make-A-Wish Ireland has one simple aim – we grant the wishes of children aged between 3 and 17 years living with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Since 1992, Make-A-Wish Ireland has granted wishes for more than 2,000 brave children across the country.
Nothing makes it all worthwhile as much as telling a child and their family that their wish is being granted. The atmosphere is amazing and quite euphoric – it’s so amazing how it lifts spirits to new heights.Nicola Whelan, Volunteer, Louth
It meant so much to me to be part of that moment and help create experiences for children that desperately need to escape their worries.Christina Murphy, Volunteer, Wicklow
I have never seen him so happy and we've made memories to last a lifetime.Wish Mum
It all has been really emotional but so special and important.Wish Mum
As you probably know it’s so important to have something to look forward to when you have a loved one going through so much. Make-A-Wish has been the positivity in our lives.Wish Mum
The heartache of sickness was completely forgotten. We enjoyed every second of the wish.Wish Mum
It was a dream come true and his confidence has grown greatly since the wish.Wish Family
I came home after that weekend with a totally new outlook on my illness... It made it all go from a negative to a positive.Wish Child
Make-A-Wish brings joy not only to the wish child but to the whole family. This is what makes volunteering for Make-A-Wish so specialSue Cave, Volunteer, Clare
I consider myself extremely lucky to be able to help bring something positive to these children and their families during such a difficult time.Fiona Buckley, Volunteer, Cork
The wish has changed our lives. It’s so amazing the effect something like that can have on the child.Wish Family
Instead of thinking and talking about what he can do ‘when he gets better’, he has realised he can do things now. He is more positive and realises he can live a life fully.Wish Family
He did not feel ill or different. The wish made a huge difference to his self esteem.Wish Family
Make-A-Wish has helped our family to heal.Wish Family
Wishes mean everything to a sick child. I didn’t know that before she had her wish, but when I saw the look on her face. It just means everything.Wish Family
The happiness on his face is an image I’ll never forget.Wish Family
She has a better outlook on life and a better outlook on the future.Wish Family
It was the best thing ever, especially after the year my sister had being in and out of hospital and being so unwell. Her wish was something to look forward to...to mark the end of her illness.Wish Family
I got to spend time with my family. And we forgot my brother was ill for those few days.Wish Family
It meant everything to see him getting something so special. We didn't realise how special it would be to him and to us.Wish Family
The wish provided my girl with a different outlook on her illness. Instead of feeling cursed with it, now she feels that because of her illness she had a wish that was beyond belief. It has changed her perception completely.Wish Family
It came at just the right time. When we were all feeling separated from each other. Make-A-Wish made it possible for us to spend some much-needed time together as a family and rebuild our lives.Wish Family
It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all of us. We felt special having everything done for us.Wish family
The wish meant we could all be together for a unique experience and the nice thing was, my son Matthew was the star of the show for once in his life. We all truly, genuinely enjoyed the experience and were really surprised how Matthew coped. It is something we would never have ventured to do on our own.Wish family
It gave us memories and no matter what the future holds for us as a family we will always have those precious memories. That's priceless. Realising that illness affects an entire family and including the entire family.Wish Family
Tears still come to my eyes as I remember his joy & excitement and his realisation that the Make-A-Wish people understood that it was hard for a kid to have to deal with ongoing medical treatment - so they introduced some magic to add a sparkle to his life. All children deserve a sparkle whatever their health is like.Wish Family
It was so nice to just be a family without having to worry about hospital & doctor appointments. We have nurses every night in our home too and it was nice to get away from reality for a while.Wish Family
A dream come true. A rainbow after a storm.Wish family
It is comforting to realise that amidst the drudgery of physio, meds, and visits and stays in hospital that people really do care and in today’s busy world we haven’t lost our humanity.Wish family
For our family it was a fantastic experience getting to spend quality time together and doing all the things that you only dream of and everyone is in such a good humour and spirits as it was such a fabulous trip, we spent a lot of time away in hospital so it was great to spend time together.Wish family
Upcoming events & activities
If flying is your dream; don’t miss a chance to win a private lesson with dare devil; “The Flying Dentist”, Eddie Goggins
This text-to-donate competition will run all day at both the Foynes Air Show Limerick 28th July and the Bray Air Display Wicklow, 29th July. The lucky winners of each event will be announced at the end of each day; approx 3pm.
The 7th Annual Cork Wears Red for Straight Ahead Lunch in aid of the Straight Ahead Fund & Make-A-Wish takes place at the Maryborough Hotel & Spa on the 12th August.
The Dalkey Lobster Festival is set for the 24th, 25th and 26th August 2018. With a spectacular line-up planned this is one for the diary. Further details to be announced soon!
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Some of our wish stories
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Kate wished to go to Lapland
Kate (8) is just back from meeting Santa Claus at the North Pole! She and her family stayed in a log cabin, drove snowmobiles, went on reindeer and husky rides, drank warm berry juice, decorated gingerbread and made snow angels. They also managed a visit to Santa’s Village and dropped off her letter to Santa Claus.
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Pranathi wished for a princess party
Pranathi, aged 6, from Waterford shared with us her wish to help her favourite princesses get ready for the ball! Her wish came true when Cinderella, Elsa, Anna and Belle donned their ballgowns and visited Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin where Pranathi was waiting for them dressed in her own ballgown and glass slippers, make-up kit at the ready.
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Tomás wished to meet Roy Keane
Tomás (7) from Cork is living with rhabdomyosarcoma and wished to meet his hero, Roy Keane. With the help of our partner SSE Aitricity and their association with the FAI, we were delighted to grant his wish!
Some gifts available
from our store
Make-A-Wish Ireland have provided a selection of quality products for you to purchase online. These work perfectly as gifts, stocking fillers, or even a little something for yourself. All proceeds go towards granting wishes for seriously ill children throughout Ireland.Click on the products to read more details or to make a purchase.