Make-A-Wish ar­riv­ing

Southern Telegraph - - News - El­lie Honey­bone

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.

Pic­ture: El­lie Honey­bone

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.

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