Make-A-Wish Stories

Make-A-Wish recently had the enormous pleasure of granting wishes to some of our well deserving Kidney Kids. We are excited to be able to share their stories with you.

Matt Taylor’s wish was for a double rowing skiff. Rowing is not a big sport at Matts school; the school don’t have many boats and those that they do are very old. Matt wanted a reliable and fast boat to train in over Summer to prepare for Maadi Cup in March 2022.

Despite the short turnaround time, together with the wonderful support of Otago University Rowing Club and North End Rowing Club, Make-A-Wish delivered Matt his wish just before Christmas. A boat christening was arranged complete with speeches, BBQ lunch and the very important naming ceremony, both the boat and the oars bear Matts name. And as an incredible sign of generosity Matt has pledged to donate his boat to his school when he moves on from the sport so that other pupils can also benefit from it.

Matts mum Nicky reported back that the highlight for her was to see Matt’s delight and hearing him talk about his journey and thanking everyone at the boat christening. Good Luck at Maadi Matt!. Click here to see Matt’s story

Alden Joseph’s wish was for a Play Station 4, VR headset and games. Alden loves playing hide and seek, making Tik Tok dances/videos, dancing to BTS Music and one of his most favourite things is SPIDERMAN. When the team at Make-A-Wish heard this we thought that there was no better person other than Spiderman himself to do the wish delivery.

Alden, Spiderman, and Spiderman’s side kick Supergirl surprised Alden at home with their arms laden full of Alden’s wish goodies. Alden’s reaction was priceless, they spent the visit together playing games and Alden even taught them some dancing moves.

Anika Cooper received her wish a short time ago. She wished for a sewing machine and lessons.

Here is a beautiful photo of Anika and the wonderful Make-a-Wish angels who delivered her wish.

Make-A-Wishs mission is to create life changing wishes for children with critical illness to bring them hope, strength and joy. To be eligible for a wish your child must be aged between 3 and 18 years old and they must meet the medical eligibility criteria.

Some of our families may like to check to see if your child meets the medical criteria for Make-A-Wish which needs to be signed off by a doctor or specialist.

If interested please CLICK HERE

To download an application form please CLICK HERE

For further information or for an application to be put in the mail to you please contact [email protected].

Kidney Kids would like to thank Laurie and the hard working team at Make-A-Wish for bringing joy through wishes to some of our kidney kids. You are amazing.