Central and North Burnett Times - - VOICE OF THE BURNETT -

in 1980 in Ari­zona, US.

Since 1985, the Aus­tralian arm of the or­gan­i­sa­tion has granted more than 8000 wishes to se­ri­ously ill chil­dren right across the coun­try, giv­ing them strength to face the chal­lenges of their ill­ness, hope for the fu­ture and joy from their in­cred­i­ble wish ex­pe­ri­ence.

Wishes are pow­er­ful. They are care­fully de­signed to have a pos­i­tive im­pact on a child’s men­tal, emo­tional and phys­i­cal health.

Ini­tially the wish aids the heal­ing process. How­ever, the im­pact lasts long af­ter the wish it­self has been granted.

Make-A-Wish Australia is funded solely by dona­tions, and does not re­ceive any gov­ern­ment fund­ing. Our 176 vol­un­teers from all over metropoli­tan and re­gional Queens­land form a crit­i­cal part of our or­gan­i­sa­tion.

From Cairns to Bris­bane and ev­ery­where in be­tween, th­ese spe­cial peo­ple are work­ing with chil­dren and their fam­i­lies.

At the same time they are BP

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Diesel 132.9c/L tire­lessly rais­ing much-needed funds through events and fundrais­ing drives.

I’d like to make a heart­felt thank-you to th­ese self­less in­di­vid­u­als for their in­cred­i­ble ef­forts, and thank the com­mu­ni­ties that sup­port them. We wouldn’t be here with­out you.

Ev­ery day in Australia, six fam­i­lies re­ceive the news that their child has a life-threat­en­ing med­i­cal con­di­tion.

That equates to 2000 chil­dren around Australia each year that would ben­e­fit from the heal­ing power of a wish.

Our goal is to be able to grant a wish for ev­ery one of those chil­dren – to grant 2000 wishes a year.

That means al­most qua­dru­pling the num­ber of wishes we cur­rently grant.

I know that with the help of our amaz­ing vol­un­teers, and the lo­cal Queens­land com­mu­ni­ties, to­gether we can reach this goal.

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