More children suffering lifethreatening medical conditions will see their wishes come true after Make-A-Wish Australia opens its second store in Port Kennedy next month.
The store will sell donated second-hand items including clothing, footwear, toys, books, DVDs, bric-a-brac and furniture, with all proceeds used to fulfil the wish of a sick child.
The Port Kennedy store is only the second store to open in Australia and the world; the first store opened four years ago in Mandurah.
Branch secretary Wendy Mills said the Mandurah store had been so successful that they decided to set up a second store on a fourmonth trial.
“The Mandurah community has been so supportive and every week we are able to grant more and more wishes,” she said.
“We cover an area from Bridgetown to Success and right now there are 13 wishes being processed, with around four more wishes needing attention each month.”
The Port Kennedy store will open on October 1 and the staff would like to welcome the community to the store with a sausage sizzle on the day.
Mrs Mills said the stores were run by volunteers and only through support from the community could they remain open and provide funding for eligible children.
“We are looking for any interested volunteers to join the team and we have high hopes for this store as it is in a great community and a great location,” she said.
Make-A-Wish works hard to organise wish fulfilment and children can wish for anything from meeting a celebrity, getting a pup- py to going on a holiday. Wishes have be granted to children between the ages of three and 18 since 1985 and Make-A-Wish operates in 36 countries and territories.
The Port Kennedy store will be open Monday to Friday, 9-4pm.
Make-A-Wish volunteer Lesley Turner and branch secretary Wendy Mills are counting down the days until the October 1 opening of the Port Kennedy store.