World Wish Day 2020 - When stars align

Make-A-Wish® New Zealand will celebrate World Wish Day® on Wednesday 29 April 2020, the 40th Anniversary of the wish for then-7-year-old Chris Greicius that inspired the founding of the organisation in the United States.

When we were young, we wished upon stars that were light years away. But there are shining stars all around us. They’re regular people who have the power to bring joy, strength and hope to families, communities and children who need it most. They are the incredible men, women, children and organizations who have joined forces to be the light for children fighting critical illnesses. Together, they’ve helped Make-A-Wish grant more than 480,000 wishes over the past 40 years. These are people who know that no matter where we come from or who we are, we can align on one thing: That every child deserves a childhood with life-changing memories.

On April 29, we’re going to harness the star power in each of us, celebrating the stars who came before and those yet to join us. As we shine a light towards the past and future efforts of Make-A-Wish, we align to grant every single wish. Together, we’ll give the brightest of days to children fighting critical illness.

When stars align. Wishes wouldn’t happen without the power of partners and donors making the stars align to give sick kids their brightest days. Get Make-A-Wish NZ Updates or give hope by donating.


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.



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


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