Volunteers indispensable to charity
This National Volunteer Week on behalf of Make-A-Wish Australia I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to our invaluable Karratha volunteers.
Since 1985 our volunteers, who hail from 57 different branches, have made more than 8500 wishes come true for seriously ill children and teenagers all over the country.
Our 95 volunteers across regional and metropolitan WA are the first ones to meet with a child to unlock their empowering wish; they then support wish families on their journey (which can be up to two years), share our stories, and hold events to raise much-needed funds.
This year we celebrate 37 years of Make-A-Wish, and over these years — through research and feedback from our wish families — we have evolved what we do.
Our volunteers do much more than grant a child’s wish. Rather, they help deliver a powerful psychological intervention, which is a critical complement to the medical process and vital for the child to succeed in their fight against serious illness. Our volunteers truly change lives.
From the moment a child starts thinking about their wish, the power of their imagination is unlocked. Instead of thinking about their illness and what they can’t do, they think about what they can do, and suddenly anything becomes possible. They gain hope. They grow in resilience and feel stronger as they progress through their carefully crafted wish journey.
Experiencing the impossible becoming possible helps a child believe, even when very sick, that they can regain their strength and experience a positive future.
Parents often tell us that the wish was the turning point during their child’s treatment.
None of this vital work would be possible without our incredible volunteers – they are the backbone of Make-A-Wish. As an organisation funded by solely by donations, with no government funding, we rely on the support of the community.
So this week we say thank you to our volunteers. Thank you for being a source of strength for really sick kids, and thank you for making the impossible possible.
Make-A-Wish volunteers and helpers Rebecca Ducrow, Shelley Budd, Heather Faibey and Wendy Mills.