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Wish-granting charity launches in Luxembourg

2 min. 25.03.2013 From our online archive
A charity helping children with life-threatening diseases to live their dream has come to Luxembourg and is seeking volunteers and fundraisers to help change lives.

A charity helping children with life-threatening diseases to live their dream has come to Luxembourg and is seeking volunteers and fundraisers to help change lives.

Make-A-Wish Luxembourg Asbl was founded in October last year by three friends with the goal to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

No wish too big

From meeting Disney character Rapunzel, to taking a ride in a fire engine, the charity aims to do all it can to grant these wishes but to make it all happen it is appealing for funding and volunteers.

“We need both funds and volunteers,” explained Make-A-Wish volunteer Judith Long, adding: “On average we need about 3,500 euros per child. Over the space of a year we will aim to grant between 26 and 30 wishes. When you calculate it we need to get about 100,000 euros per year."

Club 100 campaign

The charity recently launched its Club 100 campaign, urging 100 companies, businesses and private individuals to donate 500 euros each to provide the 50,000 euros starting funds needed to get the ball rolling. In addition, the charity is to benefit from the first WISHdinner, a fundraising event on April 13 offering a meal prepared by Michelin-starred chef Léa Linster, live music and entertainment. The glamorous dinner is hosted by Luxembourg weather girl Monica Semedo and is organised by four students from the Ecole Privée Fieldgen as part of a project management theme.

And it will come just in time as the first recipient of Make-A-Wish Luxembourg is soon to have her wish granted by travelling to Euro Disney Paris where she will meet her heroine Rapunzel.

Currently, two other children with life-threatening diseases have been referred to the charity and will see their wishes granted in the coming future. 

Founded in the US

The Luxembourg charity is an affiliate of Make-A-Wish Foundation International, a wish-granting organisation founded in the US in 1980. To qualify, recipients must be Luxembourg residents, have a life-threatening disease and be aged between three and 18 at the time of their nomination. Judith said: “I don't think we will have any issues finding people to make a wish. After hearing about how many children here in Luxembourg are undergoing treatment for cancers, for example, I was quite shocked. It was a lot higher than I thought.” 

Volunteer appeal

To ensure the success of the venture in Luxembourg, volunteers are also desperately needed to assist with all tasks, ranging from translation, web design and marketing to wish granting, fundraising and general administration.

  • If you would like to volunteer with Make-A-Wish Luxembourg, call +352 314 595 or email info@make-a-wish.lu
  • The WISHdinner is held at the Centre Atert, in Bertrange on April 13, from 6.30pm. Tickets cost 100 euros and include all drinks anda full, sit-down meal prepared by Léa Linster and entertainment. To book your place, email info@make-a-wish.lu or call +352 314 595
  • Members of the public can offer financial support to Make-A-Wish by joining the Club 100 and donating 500 euros, raising funds through any event they wish to organise or by making a donation of their choice. To find out more by emailing info@make-a-wish.lu or call +352 314 595