In support of charity organisations for their good deeds, for the 1st one, featuring Make-A-Wish Malaysia. (More details in their website, but all the important facts is summarized here)
The Make-A-Wish® Foundation is the largest non-profit wish granting organization in the world, now in over 35 countries on 5 continents.
History of Make-A-Wish Malaysia
It was launched in 2010 and on average they grant 2 new wishes every month. Constantly receive new referrals and with only one staff member, they rely on their dedicated volunteers to help grant wishes and raise funding for their mission. They currently have 30 volunteers and the majority of them are trained as Wish Granters.
While Make-A-Wish® is an international organization, all money raised in Malaysia will only be spent on granting the wishes of Malaysian children. Make-A-Wish® Malaysia is also non-denominational, has no religious affiliation, but rather embraces the concept of ‘One Malaysia’ and includes all Malaysian communities.
Make-A-Wish® International serves children outside the United States, while the Make-A-Wish® Foundation of America serves children within the United States. Both organizations have granted more than 240,000 wishes around the world since 1980.
Granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
Most of the children’s wishes fall into four categories:
- I wish to be …. e.g. a Princess, a Flight Attendant, a Fireman
- I wish to go …. e.g. Swim with Dolphins, Go to the Beach, Universal Studios
- I wish to meet …. e.g. Maya Karin, Liyana Jasmay, astronaut Datuk Dr. Sheikh Muzaphar
- I wish to have …. e.g. a musical instrument, a Laptop, a Make Over of my bedroom
The child must be between 3 and 18 years of age and have a life-threatening illness. The child must be resident in Malaysia in order to qualify for a wish and must not have received a wish from another wish organisation
Make-A-Wish® Malaysia accepts wish referrals in any of the following ways:
- Any medical professional treating the child, e.g. doctor, nurse, social worker
- The child’s parent or legal guardian
- The wish child or sibling
Once a child is referred and is eligible, the wish-granting team meet the family and child to discover more about the child’s wish and from there decide how to make their wish come true in the most special way possible.
Once the child’s doctor certifies that the child is eligible and the child’s wish is approved, Make-A-Wish® Malaysia will work to create a magical and memorable wish experience for the child and his/her family.
First Wish Granted in Malaysia
Aqilah : Stewardess-To-Be
In 2010, Make-A-Wish® Malaysia celebrated its first wish by making nine year old Aqilah’s dream of being an air hostess come true. Partnering with Malaysia Airlines Services (MAS) and the Pelangi Beach Resort Langkawi, this wish was granted.
Beautifully wearing MAS stewardess uniform (the uniform and accessories made for Aqilah suit her well and so lovely, thank you), Aqilah started her wish day with a great party @ MH Mock Flight Simulator at Malaysia Airlines Academy (MAA) and tour inside the academy.
Corporate Social Responsibility Programmes
Make-A-Wish® Malaysia is a registered charity in Malaysia and thus is eligible for Corporate Social Responsibility Programmes, which can not only raise much-needed funds but create team building and memorable experiences for the entire workplace. Some ideas are: climbing Kota Kinabalu, organising a Football Marathon, Quiz Night, Disco Night, etc.
Official Friends and Supporters
Please contact us at telephone number +603 2011 3300 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org regarding any queries or fundraising ideas.
Schools & Universities
There are many ways that students can become involved with and support Make-A-Wish®, for example running a School Bazaar, Coin Run, Disco Night, Concert or Football tournament. Please contact us at telephone number +603 2011 3300 for any queries or fundraising ideas.
Companies or individuals can donate products, services or talents to help fulfill wishes. In-kind donations help Make-A-Wish® keep expenditure costs low and thus make more wishes come true. These may include transportation to wish locations, hotel loyalty points, catering, printing, frequent flyer miles. Donated toys, laptops, etc. must be new.
Donations may currently be made by posting a cheque, or via telephone, or online with a credit card. Cheques should be made payable to Make-A-Wish® Malaysia and posted to:
Make-A-Wish® Malaysia, T – 117B, 3rd Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, 285 Jalan Maarof, 59000 Kuala Lumpur.
Credit Card donations may be made by phone. Telephone us at: +6 016-318 5372
Online donations may be made at http://www.worldwish.org/DonateToday/
Donate by Bank Transfer can be made at
Account No 2-14277-0005323-0
Swift Code RHBBMYKL
Bangsar Shopping Centre
Lot G01 Ground Floor
59000 Kuala Lumpur
(Please indicate name in bank transfer message)
There are many ways to contribute by being a Make-A-Wish® volunteer, e.g. by being involved in wish-granting, or in the office helping with necessary administration to ensure the smooth running of wish-granting, or assist in fund-raising and events. IT assistance, etc.
A commitment of several hours a week is not necessary, merely volunteer for a few hours a month. We provide full training.
Click here to become a Volunteer
The office for Make-A-Wish® Malaysia is located in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Our national office manages all aspects of wish-granting, volunteer administration, finance, general administration and public relations.
Make-A-Wish® Malaysia Office
Bangsar Shopping Centre,
285 Jalan Maarof, 59000
Phone: +603 2011 3300
Fax: +603 2011 3300
It’s something to be proud of for such as this organisation is here in Malaysia in helping granting wishes to those unfortunate children here locally. We should support these organisations, may it be in kind, fun or volunteering, any small effort could really make a difference!
But am not aware of any organisation here so far, celebrating senior citizen and making dreams come true for them. And it would be great, helping to make the World a Nicer Place to Age! One Wish at a Time! 🙂
Here for example a Twilight Wish Org in the United State
Phyllis wished to meet David(David Archuleta), but because of her health issues, was unable to leave her home. Despite fighting a cold and leaving the next day for the Philippines, David visited them at their home and sang two songs to them, including Phyllis’ favorite: “Ave Maria.” – Twilight Wish Org
Check it out here. Do you know any out there here in Malaysia?
(**All pictures credit to the owner)