Making a difference: Holiday Coast Credit Union workers Jo Hawkins, Neville Parsons, Vicki Clout with Make A Wish volunteers Peta Watters, Clayton Purkis and Hayley Purkis and Rachael Taylor-Klump from HCCU.PORT Macquarie is the newest home for the Make A Wish foundation with the worldwide organisation opening a branch here for the first time.
World Wish Day on April 29 was an opportunity for the branch to get on board and host a sausage sizzle fundraiser at Holiday Coast Credit Union.
The Make A Wish Port Macquarie team will now hold a trivia night on June 18 at the Port Macquarie Surf Club, which aims to raise as much money as possible to grant wishes to children here.
President and team leader Peta Watters said the branch began just prior to Christmas with the demand for Make A Wish in Port Macquarie strong.
“The team from Coffs Harbour would often come down to work for wishes for kids down this way,” she said.
“Thankfully we were able to start up a branch here in Port Macquarie so we can help those who need it.
“We have a great team with at least 10 individuals who have come on board. With World Wish Day coming up we thought it would be great to get the Port Macquarie community more involved.”
The funds raised go directly to helping grant wishes to children who need it in Port Macquarie.
“We currently have two kids in Port Macquarie who need our help and would like wishes granted,” Peta said.
“Any donations and all funds we raise will go towards that.”
Every day, six families around Australia receive the devastating news that their child has a life-threatening medical condition.
Make A Wish is committed to bringing the healing power of a wish to each and every one of these children and their families.
That’s 2000 families each year; four times the number that the organisation is able to reach.
Anyone who’d like to donate or help can contact team leader Peta Watters on 0402 120 323 or Toni Walls on 0434 534 665.
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