Who can receive a wish?

Children who are at least three years of age, but have not yet reached their 18th birthday, may apply to Make-A-Wish NZ. A child's treating physician will determine if the child is medically eligible for a wish, based on the medical criteria established by Make-A-Wish.


Do you grant wishes to adults?

No. Make-A-Wish only grants wishes to children who are at least three years of age, but have not yet reached their 18th birthday at the time of referral.


Does a child's illness have to be terminal in order to qualify for a wish?

No. A child does not have to be terminally ill. In fact, many of our wish children grow into adulthood and lead healthy, happy lives.


Can a child receive more than one wish?

No. Make-A-Wish grants one wish to each eligible child.


Are there any restrictions to a wish?

Each Make-A-Wish affiliate follows specific policies and guidelines for granting a child's wish. Some wishes have restrictions based on various factors, including the child's medical condition in relation to the wish request. Make-A-Wish takes into consideration all factors as they relate to the wish and the wish child, and then plans the wish accordingly. 


Does the family have to pay for the wish?

No. All wish expenses are fully covered by Make-A-Wish. Wishes are arranged and paid for by Make-A-Wish with no out-of-pocket expenses for the wish family.


Does the family have to meet financial criteria in order to be eligible for their child to receive a wish?

No. Make-A-Wish grants wishes to children who qualify for our services without regard to race, creed, religion, sex, economic status, or national origin.


Is there a waiting list to receive a wish?

No. However, in some situations a wish child may have to wait for their wish due to external circumstances such as the child's treatment schedule or the availability of a popular celebrity. If the fulfillment of a wish must be delayed for any reason, the wish child and family are fully informed, and the wish child is given the option to either make another wish request or wait.


How long does it take to grant a wish from referral to fulfillment?

In most cases wishes are fulfilled within a few months. However, it is not easy to specify how long it takes from wish referral to wish fulfillment as it often depends upon the nature of the wish requested. In some circumstances, wishes can be fulfilled in a matter of hours or days, while in other cases, it can take months.


How much does a wish cost to grant?

Wish costs vary greatly depending on the wish requested. Some wishes are very simple, and the wish goods or services may be donated, costing Make-A-Wish nothing. Other wishes can be very elaborate and cost thousands of dollars. Whenever possible, Make-A-Wish seeks in-kind donations to help defer wish expenses.


How much of my donation funds wishes?

Make-A-Wish New Zealand is proud of the manner in which it manages the generous donations of its supporters. 


How do you decide which children receive wishes?

Make-A-Wish does not decide which children receive wishes. Every child referred to Make-A-Wish and who is deemed eligible for a wish receives their wish.


Do you participate in chain letter or other direct solicitation wishes?

No. Each day, Make-A-Wish and its chapters receive hundreds of inquiries about chain letters claiming to be associated with the Foundation and featuring sick children. However, we do not participate in these kinds of wishes. Some names associated with these wishes are: Amy Bruce, Jeff DeLeon, Rhyan Desquetado, LaNisha Jackson, Nikisha Johnson, Jessie Anderson, Kayla Wightman, Craig Shergold, Craig Sheldon, Craig Sheppard, Craig Shelton, Craig Shelford, Anthony Hebrank, Chad Briody and Bryan Warner.


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