‘Wish Day’ on street collection cancelled due to COVID-19
In the interests of public health and safety, Make-A-Wish Ireland has reluctantly made the decision to cancel on street collections, which were due to take place around the country, this Friday, March 13th. However, we are proceeding with a ‘Virtual Wish Day’ this Friday, where we are asking the public to donate through the Make-A-Wish website here.
Due to the already present concerns of COVID-19 and the forecast of further outbreaks, Make-A-Wish Ireland has made the unprecedented decision to cancel on-street collections. We are urging members of the public to go ‘virtual’ for this year’s Wish Day and use digital avenues to donate to this worthwhile cause.
It is only through the kind donations of the general public that the work of Make-A-Wish can happen, granting wishes to children who have life threatening illnesses like cancer, cystic fibrosis and heart conditions. In previous years, Wish Day has played a pivotal role in our abilities to grant in the region of 200 wishes per annum. We are appealing to the public to support the charity through online donations to enable us to continue to make an impact on lives of seriously ill children and their families throughout the country.
Susan O’Dwyer, Chief Executive said, “As we receive no government funding, we rely entirely on the generosity of the general public. Wish Day is our first large fundraising campaign of the year and the decision taken to cancel on street collections has not been taken lightly. However, we have a duty of care not only to our wish families, who are so vulnerable, but also to our volunteers and the general public. We would like to thank our circa 650 volunteers who had committed to fundraising on the streets and shopping centres for us this coming Friday. I am asking the general public to support us over the coming days in order that we can continue to bring a smile to a child’s face. A child that, because of Make-A-Wish now believes anything is possible.”
Gerry Prizeman, Chair of Make-A-Wish Ireland said today, “This decision has not been an easy one to make considering the months of planning by the team and indeed the commitment of some remarkable volunteers. However, the health and safety of our volunteers is of the highest importance to us, especially as some of these volunteers are our wish families. Thank you for your ongoing support.”