Make-A-Wish is one of Australia’s most trusted charities and part of the largest wish-granting organisations in the world and you can give the gift, a memory that lasts a lifetime!

The Make a Wish Foundation is the only registered Australian charity focusing exclusively on wishes and have been granting wishes in Australia since 1985 – from the very first wish by 16-year old Shawn, who battled Duchenne muscular dystrophy, to see his favourite footy team live in action.

More than 30 years on, we’ve granted 10,000 unforgettable wishes all over the country. We've flown kids to the moonmade unicorns fly and helped Australia's youngest ever Cricket Captain don the baggy green.

More than 30 years of feedback from wish families, along with a growing body of international research, shows that wishes give kids with critical illness greater strength and hope for their future.

In Australia today, the latest medical guidelines suggest more than 9,500 children have a life-threatening illness*. Thousands more are born or diagnosed with serious illnesses each year, for example:

  • Around 3,000 babies are born with a heart condition each year (
  • One in every 2,500 births produces a child with cystic fibrosis (
  • 950 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer (Children's Cancer Institute)

While many children eventually go on to lead normal, healthy lives, everyday childhood experiences can easily get lost during the fight to survive.

There’s little opportunity for sick kids to just be kids, to use their imagination and enjoy the moments' others take for granted.

*Source: Palliative Care Service Development Guidelines – Dec 2018 Paediatric Addendum



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