Make a Wish Foundation appeals for 80 volunteers in Louth to raise funds

8-year-old Ruby Casey Mulligan from Dundalk was sent to Disneyland last year by the charity

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Ruby Casey Mulligan

8-year-old Ruby Casey Mulligan from Dundalk in Disneyland, Paris last year

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

Volunteers are asked to give just a few hours of their time to sell wristbands in their local supermarket or shopping centre in order to raise much-needed funds for the charity.

Last year, in Louth alone, the charity made wishes come true for seven local children living with life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, cystic fibrosis and Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

8-year-old Ruby Casey Mulligan from Dundalk has a rare autoinflammatory disease. Last year the young girl had her wish granted by the Make A Wish Foundation when she travelled to Disneyland Paris to celebrate her birthday. 

Ruby’s Mum Lauren said: “We can’t put into words how grateful we are to have had this opportunity. Ruby really had the most amazing time and it was incredible to be able to forget all about hospital appointments and tests for those few days and just have the time of our lives. We will treasure the memories forever.”

A statement from the Make A Wish Foundation said: "Making wishes come true can have a hugely positive impact on a child and their families, giving strength, hope and joy.

"Research shows children who have wishes granted are more likely to build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a serious illness. This improves their quality of life and produces better health outcomes.

"Make-A-Wish does not receive any government funding and is solely dependent on the generosity of the general public to continue granting wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Ireland." 

According to Make-A-Wish Ireland, children's wishes can range from being a princess for the day or meeting their hero, to going on a once-in-a-lifetime family holiday. Wherever possible, the child’s family is invited to share in the wish experience, creating lasting memories for all the family, the wider local community and all of those involved in granting the wish.

Wish Day will take place across Ireland on Friday 9th March when Make-A-Wish volunteers will be selling wristbands and transfers, costing €2 each, at locations in Drogheda and Dundalk. 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 / daragh@makeawish.ie