Wish come true for five kids

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AS an of­fi­cial spon­sor of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, Kia Mo­tors has do­nated US$100,000 (RM320,000) to its selected char­ity, Make-A-Wish In­ter­na­tional.

In ad­di­tion, Kia Mo­tors has also in­vited five wish chil­dren and their com­pan­ions to par­tic­i­pate in the Kia Mas­cot Friends pro­gramme wherein they will ac­com­pany the of­fi­cial World Cup mas­cot – Fuleco the Ar­madillo – onto the pitch at half time dur­ing matches of the world’s most prom­i­nent in­ter­na­tional foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion.

The five wish chil­dren, who were selected from global Make-A-Wish In­ter­na­tional’s af­fil­i­ates based on their love of foot­ball, will travel to Brazil to at­tend at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Wish chil­dren Ai­dan (age 14, from Aus­tralia), Fausto (age 11, Mex­ico), Nathan (age 10, Brazil), Yuri (age 9, Brazil), and Bruno (age 11, Brazil) will make ap­pear­ances be­gin­ning with a group stage match on June 23 through the semi-fi­nal match on July 8.

In line with Kia Mo­tor’s World Cup mar­ket­ing con­cept, ‘Kia Makes Sur­prises’, Kia and Make-A-Wish rep­re­sen­ta­tives paid a sur­prise visit to Ai­dan’s lo­cal foot­ball team’s train­ing ses­sion in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia. Ai­dan, 14, is bat­tling cys­tic fi­bro­sis.

He was ec­static to hear that he would be go­ing to watch the World Cup live.

Ai­dan is all smiles af­ter get­ting his wish to at­tend the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

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