World Wish Day 2019

Make-A-Wish® New Zealand will celebrate World Wish Day® on Monday 29 April 2019, the 39th anniversary of the wish for then-7-year-old Chris Greicius that inspired the founding of the organisation in the United States.  

World Wish Day celebrates the hundreds of thousands of life-changing wishes that have been granted – and the thousands of wishes still to come from all the Make-A-Wish affiliates across 43 countries.

Throughout April, Make-A-Wish New Zealand will focus on telling the stories of wish alumni – young and old – whose wishes gave them the strength to fight their illness and transform their lives.

Make-A-Wish New Zealand was founded in 1986 and is affiliated with Make-A-Wish International. Make-A-Wish New Zealand granted their first wish to 4-year-old Daniel who had leukaemia and wished to have Christmas in October. Since that unforgettable day, over 2000 wishes have been granted to children throughout New Zealand.


Where there is a WISH, there is a way!

Around the world, a wish is granted every 17 minutes to a child diagnosed with a critical illness.

Wishes can give children the strength to keep going, the perspective to see themselves differently, and most importantly, research shows the physical and emotional benefits of wishes can help children get better.

Watch the "Our Story" video in the link below:


Wish Alumni

Read about the life-changing effects a wish can have with these stories:

Jake's Wish

Hazel's Wish 

Rachael's Wish

Sydnee's Wish

Arjun's Wish


Grant a kiwi kid's wish...