Longford volunteers wanted as Make-A-Wish Day draws near

Aisling Kiernan

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Longford volunteers wanted as Make-A-Wish Day draws near

Twenty local volunteers are needed in Co Longford on Wish Day, which takes place on Friday, March 9 to support Make-A-Wish Ireland’s flagship fundraising day.

Volunteers are being asked to give just a few hours of their time to sell wristbands in local supermarkets or shopping centres in an effort to raise much-needed funds for the charity.

Last year, in Longford alone, the charity made wishes come true for four local children living with life-threatening illnesses including Cancer, Cystic Fibrosis and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

“Children with life-threatening illnesses need your help today,” Make-A-Wish Ireland CEO, Susan O’Dwyer said.

“Your precious gift of time this Wish Day will enable us to make wishes come true for seriously ill children when they most need strength, hope and joy.

“We have granted almost 2,200 wishes for Irish children which would not be possible without the support of the Irish public.

“A few hours from the people of Longford on Friday, March 9 next to help raise valuable funds will make wishes come true for more children in your community.”

Meanwhile, Emily Kane (5) from Longford is living with a rare disease called Langerhan’s Cell Histiocytosis.

The little girl’s wish to go to Disneyland Paris was granted last September by Make-A-Wish Ireland.
Emily’s mum, Theresa said Emily couldn’t stop talking about “the best trip ever,” and pointed out that her daughter and her brothers were in their element, enjoying the lovely hotel and all the rides.

Emily’s favourite part was the surprise birthday cake during her lunch with Disney characters, and her birthday was announced over the loud speakers.

She felt like a VIP on the day!

Wish Day will take place across Ireland on Friday, March 9 when Make-A-Wish volunteers will be selling wristbands and transfers, costing €2 each, at locations including Longford town’s Market Square.

100% of proceeds collected will support wish granting for children living with life-threatening illnesses.

To sign up to volunteer visit www.makeawish.ie/wishday or contact Daragh on (01) 2052011 or daragh@makeawish.ie

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