On behalf of our readers, the paper is giving the foundation 10c for every copy of the paper sold today.
The donations will help Make-A-Wish Ireland grant wishes to children aged between three and 18 years old who live with a life-threatening illness.
Over the past year the charity has granted children’s wishes to be a princess or pop star, to have a Shetland pony, to go to EuroDisney in Paris and even to meet pop star Beyoncé.
“A wish granted is true magic for the child and provides respite from their normal routines of hospitals, doctors and treatment,” said Susan O’Dwyer, the charity’s development and fundraising manager.
“Since 1992 we have granted wishes for more than 665 special children and have realised their greatest wish so they can experience the hope, strength and joy that each wish provides.”
In granting the wish of a child with a life-threatening illness, the charity ensures the whole family are involved so siblings and parents have long-lasting and happy memories of their time together.
“Every year in the run-up to Christmas we collaborate with a charity to help them raise badly needed funds, and this year we are delighted to be teaming up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation who do such fabulous work with children,” said the Irish Examiner’s head of marketing, Mairéad Maher.
“This is one of several charitable initiatives that we as a company are involved in, but I think that because of the time of year, and the fact that we are dealing with children with a life-threatening illness, this is a special involvement for all of us.”`
The origins of the Make-A-Wish Foundation can be traced back to the USA in 1980 when a seven-year-old boy with leukaemia told his mother he wanted to be a policeman for a day.
Since that first wish came true, the foundation has grown and now has bases in 30 countries worldwide with Make-A-
Wish Ireland opening in 1992.
Today Make-A-Wish Ireland has nine staff and more than 100 volunteers — and its ambassadors are golfer Pádraig Harrington, snooker ace Ken Doherty, weatherman Dáithí Ó Sé and DJ Gareth O’Callaghan.