Meet Our Volunteers

Meet Our Volunteers

Volunteering with us is a very special and rewarding experience, you are making a real difference to a child and their families lives.

We currently have over 200 dedicated volunteers in all 26 counties of Ireland and we value every single one of them. Meet some of volunteers and hear their story.

 

Christina Murphy, Co. Wicklow

Christina began voluntering for Make-A-Wish since November 2017. She has a love for animals and a passion for zoology which led her to her current role as a zookeeper.

Christina assists wishes in Dublin Zoo and she goes above and beyond to make sure the wish child and their family have a magical zoo experience. 

Why volunteer for Make-A-Wish?

"I know personally how much these experiences can bring happiness and strength to children who are unwell. These experiences not only bring them joy but can also give them hope and shape their entire lives. I can’t imagine anything more valuable to do with my time!"

 

Nicola Whelan, Co. Louth

Nicola has been a volunteer with Make-A-Wish since since September 2017. But, her connection to the organisation goes back much further; Nicola's sister Andrea had her wish to go on a family sun holiday to Tenerife granted by Make-A-Wish Ireland fifteen years previous. 

What impact did your sisters wish have on your family?

"We all firmly believe that by having her wish granted, Andrea and the whole family gained a fresh outlook on life after dealing with illness and doctors for so long. It allowed the family to bond with not a second thought to hospitals or chemo or radiotherapy. Ultimately, we believe that this experience saved Andrea’s life… and that’s what we call ‘the power of a wish!"

Why volunteer for Make-A-Wish?

"I have always donated to Make-A-Wish and thanked other volunteers when I came across them at events and eventually decided that I had more to give this wonderful charity and so became a wishgranting volunteer.  Since volunteering I have had some very memorable and fantastic experiences. My own children help in fundraising and I’m proud to teach them such values, all while they are having fun!"

 

Fiona Buckley, Co. Cork

Fiona Buckley has been a volunteer with Make-A-Wish for over 4 years. She has been dedicated from day one. 2 years ago, she took on the role as Lead volunteer in Cork.

Cork has one of largest volunteer bases and she has successfully coordinated wish visits and fundraisers across the county. She has proved an invaluable asset to the staff in the office.

Fiona also works full time as a Primary School Teacher in Cork but still manages to find the time help grant magical wish across they county.

What does it mean to be a volunteer for Make-A-Wish?

“It's hard to put into words the excitement that goes with the wishes. The children and families that we are fortunate enough to meet are truly inspiring. I consider myself extremely lucky to be able to help bring something positive to these children and their families during such a difficult time.”

 

Martina Greene, Co. Roscommon 

Martina has been a volunteer for Make-A-Wish for over 10 years and has given 100% from day one.

She has always promoted Make-A-Wish in home county, Roscommon, and surrounding counties in Connacht. Fellow volunteers have described her passion for Make-A-Wish as infectious. 

How did you get involved in Make-A-Wish?

"I was living in Galway and my friend was involved and I thought it sounded like an amazing thing to do. I love children so it was a bonus to help in some way to help bring some magic into their lives. Hands down, it has been one of the best decisions of my life."

Favourite part of volunteering for Make-A-Wish?

"It's a massive privilege to meet these very brave children and their families at such a difficult time in their lives. I always say you get way more out of it than you put into it."

 

Sue Cave, Co Clare 

Sue has helped grant wishes, train new wish granters, organised local fundraisers (including an 80’s disco night), presented school talks and organised local collections for Wish Day. 

She forms great relations with the wish families, promotes Make-A-Wish in her local community, great communicator with the office & has driven the length and breadth of Clare.

Why volunteer for Make-A-Wish?

“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 special.”