WORLD WISH DAY
Every year on April 29th, World Wish Day celebrates the anniversary of the founding of Make-A-Wish. It’s a day for Make-A-Wish chapters and affiliates to come together and reflect on how many wishes they have made come true.
Have you ever had a strong desire for something to happen? If so, you have had a wish. Most people have wished for something at some point in their life. Some of the most popular things people wish for include:
- Good health
- Basic necessities, such as food and shelter
- The ability to change something about themselves
- To become famous
- World peace
Some of these things are easily attainable. Others are not, especially for people who may live in a poverty-stricken or war-torn country. The above wishes are things that adults usually wish for. But what about children? Most kids wish to have fun, to play, to be accepted, for friendship, to have a happy home, and to learn. Some kids wish they didn’t have to do chores. Others wish they could have a certain career or be someone important when they grow up.
For many kids, these kinds of wishes do come true. There are many, children however, that will never get the one thing they wish for. The reason for this is they have an incurable or critical illness that prevents them from getting their wish. This is a sad reality. Thankfully, there are organizations, such as Make-A-Wish, who desire to help make these children’s wishes come true.
HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldWishDay
On this day, Make-A-Wish chapters around the world celebrate the beginning of this organization. The organization shares stories of how a wish-come-true gave a child the strength they needed to fight their illness. To participate in this day, help a child’s wish come true by making a donation to Make-A-Wish. You can also encourage a child who is battling an illness or do what you can to help their wish come true. Share this day on social media with #WorldWishDay.
WORLD WISH DAY HISTORY
Make-A-Wish was formed in 1980. A 7-year old boy named Christopher Greicius inspired the founding of the organization. He was battling leukemia and had a wish to be a police officer. In 2010, Make-A-Wish celebrated its 30th anniversary by creating a World Wish Day. Since its inception, Make-A-Wish has granted over 500,000 wishes in nearly 50 countries.