Kids for Wish Kids

Kids for Wish Kids

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Now in its fifth year, the Kids for Wish Kids Awards sponsored by SSE Airtricity, has a strong focus on the development of soft skills that will stand to students in later life, such as critical thinking, emotional intelligence, social responsibility and communication. 

The Awards strongly promote ‘giving back’ and contributing to the local community, which is an important learning for students of all ages.

The competition will run from September 10th 2018 until 31st January 2019. Please email for a pack and application form.

Secondary and primary students can take part by developing a mini-company, running an event or taking part in a challenge; and their project can involve an individual or group effort.

Application process:

Entries should be submitted to Mary Quille: or posted to Make-A-Wish, 2 Leopardstown Business Centre, Ballyogan Avenue, Leopardstown, Dublin 18. 

Once submitted, entries will be sent to our panel of judges and the winners will be invited to an exclusive awards ceremony in Dublin.


Entrants will be judged on: 

Secondary Schools:

  1. Creativity / Entrepreneurship
  2. Marketing / Communications
  3. Commerciality
  4. Sustainability
  5. Funds Raised

Primary Schools:

  1. Creativity
  2. Funds Raised

*The Sustainability Award recognises ethical, responsible and balanced decision-making, as well as a commitment to economic, social and environmental sustainability.

Download the Kids for Wish Kids pack here


2017/18 Awards Winners

Midleton CBS student Jason Collins’ business idea involved designing and producing his very own science experiment ‘how-to’ book. Jason showed real commitment to promoting and selling his unique product. As a result, the Co. Cork student received Kids for Wish Kids Awards for both Creativity and Entrepreneurship, as well as Sustainability.

St Brigid's College in Loughrea, Co. Galway, made the most of their professional woodwork skills by producing high-end miniature wishing wells. The wishing wells were cleverly marketed as Christmas ornaments, birdhouses and gardening ornaments. This versatility led to St Brigid's College winning the Commerciality Award.

St Aloysius College in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork, created a social media campaign that encouraged people to post a photo or video of themselves making a wish and to pledge a donation. The judges felt their ‘Bank Fairy’ initiative showed creative use of marketing tools and they were awarded the Marketing and Communications Award.

The award for the Highest Funds Raised went to St Mary's Secondary School in Mallow, Co. Cork, where the students organised a wide range of events as well as establishing mini-companies. Their fundraising events and businesses included a make-up masterclass, a bingo event, a sponsored run, handmade jewelry and homemade doughnuts. St Mary's Secondary School raised €1,567 in total.

Fundraising Ideas:

Get Creative: Use your skill or talent to drum up ways to fundraise.

Get Physical: Ever wanted to take part in a fitness challenge? You could take part in a marathon, organise a walk, or even set a Guinness World Record attempt. list world records that have been attempted so why not see if there is one you can break?

Get Smart: Organise tutorials or cookery classes, or even invite guest speakers on topics of interest.

Get Arty: Design and sell a product in your local community or school. This can be anything from jewellery, personalised t-shirts, CD’s or the latest craze.

For further details, contact Mary Quille, School Fundraising Officer at or call the office on 01 2052012



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