Make-A-Wish partners with the John James Foundation to continue to deliver wishes in the ACT for the next three years

Make-A-Wish Australia is excited to announce its new partnership with the John James Foundation (JJF) to help grant life-changing wishes for kids in the Australian Capital Territory.

The relationship is the first of its kind for the JJF and is an exciting opportunity for both organisations to work together to strengthen health outcomes in the Canberra community and beyond.

Over the next three years, the JJF will financially contribute $150,000 per annum, totalling $450,000 towards ACT wishes to help make more wishes come true.

The JFF is Canberra’s leading medical philanthropic charity.

Its vision is to strengthen health outcomes in the community and is striving to improve the patient and doctor experience in Canberra.

There are currently 18 children in the ACT on their wish journey and this partnership is designed to increase wish capacity and delivery of transformational wishes in the ACT, such as sending kids to the moon and making unicorns fly.

The partnership will deepen public awareness of the role that Make-A-Wish Australia plays in the the medical community and wish delivery.

The experience of a wish can help renew a sick child’s sense of purpose, increasing their ability to face the challenges of their illness and beyond. It gives them much-needed hope and something positive to look forward to.

Make-A-Wish Australia CEO Sally Bateman said it is wonderful to be partnering with the JJF.

“With their generosity, we’ll be able to empower sick kids with the hope and joy that only a wish can bring,” Ms Bateman said.

Make-A-Wish is one of Australia’s most trusted charities and is part of the world’s largest wish-granting organisation.

It exists to bring the local community together to grant life-changing wishes for children and teens with critical illnesses.

Since 1985 it has delivered more than 10,000 inspirational wishes to children across the country.

“We hope this partnership will allow us to grant even more life-changing wishes to critically ill kids,” Ms Bateman said.

To celebrate the partnership, Make-A-Wish and the JJF will be hosting an intimate afternoon tea to recognise the announcement of such an impactful relationship.

Amongst guests will be 11-year-old wish child Freyja, whose wish was granted in 2018.

Freyja will be speaking about the impact of her wish, which to visit the dugongs and to save the ocean.

With no government funding, Make-A-Wish Australia relies on the incredible generosity and support from donors, volunteers and partners like the JJF who help make these wishes happen.

To donate or to find out how you can volunteer or support, head to Make-A-Wish Australia’s website
www.makeawish.org.au or call 1800 032

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