Every child has a wish. Maybe one day they will achieve it, or maybe it will fade away as adulthood arrives.
But when children’s lives are threatened by illness, these wishes become incredibly important. Their future becomes uncertain. Time may be running short.
Luckily there are those who work tirelessly to give these wishes a chance to come true.
Make-A-Wish (MAW) is a global organisation dedicated to realising the special hopes and dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses.
The Dutch chapter, Make-A-Wish Nederland, was established in 1989 and each year its staff and volunteers organise wishes to be fulfilled for 650 children using money raised from charitable donations.
“The wishes are very diverse and can happen anywhere in the world,” says Richard van der Vaart, Teamleider Financien.
“About 70 percent are fulfilled in the Netherlands, and the rest go abroad. It all depends on what the wish is. Recently we had a child travel to the States to see an NBA basketball game, and another who wanted to be a garbage collector for a day here in the Netherlands.”