A Quarterly Publication of Make-A-Wish Foundation (Singapore) Ltd.
ISSUE 8 JUNE 2006
Featuring stories from:
* Aaron’s wish
* Bao Yang’s wish
* Iylia’s wish
* Hao Jun’s wish
* Ryan’s wish
* Syaﬁqah’s wish
coming up on
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr Keith YC Goh, Chairman The Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded in Arizona, USA, in
Dr Tan Chi Chiu, Vice Chairman 1980. The Singapore afﬁliate, launched ofﬁcially on 30 April 2003,
Jean de Souza, Treasurer is part of a global organisation that has granted more than 140,000
Ronald Ong wishes over the last 26 years.
Tan Kok Quan These wishes are an opportunity for very sick children to experience
some hope, strength and joy during a very difﬁcult period in their
lives. The Wish itself is only limited by the child’s imagination,
though they usually fall into one of four categories: “I wish to have”,
Chew Swee Chiang
”I wish to go”, “I wish to meet”, and “I wish to be.”
Sally Nakajima The Foundation’s mission reﬂects the life-changing impact that the
Director of Development “Wish experience” has on children, their families, referral sources,
donors, sponsors, volunteers and entire communities.
Tho Pei Leng
Director of Programme Services
Director of Administration
Ang Koo Peng
Director of Finance
Leadership Message 3
4th Annual Golf Tournament 4
Deepanjali Pandey Make-A-Wish News 6
Wish Stories 8
Tho Pei Leng
Sheila Blackburn Our Volunteers 15
Poon Jiat Ling
Upcoming Events 16
Recent Activities 17
Opinions expressed in this magazine are solely those of Donation Form 18
the writers and do not necessarily represent those of the
Make-A-Wish Foundation. Published by Make-A-Wish
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Last week I heard the sad news that one of the children who had been referred to us,
succumbed from her illness before her wish could be granted. It reminded me about the
fragility of life, and how our time is really more limited than we realise.
Every year in Singapore, more than 100 children are newly diagnosed with cancer, amongst
other life-threatening illnesses. Much time, effort and money goes into treating these kids,
sometimes with spectacular success, and at other times, with heartbreaking outcomes.
While medical treatments and surgeries are so important, it is equally important to remember
that these patients are also children, with the same fears, worries and anxieties which adults
have. Although we may not succeed in curing them all, what we can ensure is that through
Make-A-Wish, we can bring a ray of sunshine and happiness into their lives, if only for a
day or even a few hours. The joy that these children will experience of having their special
wishes granted, will live on, and every time they are down, they can reach back to this
happier memorable time and drawing on it, they will be able to bear the future better and
On 26 July, our biggest fund-raising event of the year tees off at the Laguna Golf and
Country Club. For the fourth consecutive year, we are appealing to generous golfers in
Singapore to support the work of Make-A-Wish by signing up to play in this tournament,
either as part of a corporate ﬂight, team or an individual. The Committee has managed to
get the most exciting hole-in-one prizes ever – Maserati Sports car, Harley-Davidson bike,
and Bulgari watch ! So there are many reasons to spend an exciting, fun-ﬁlled day with us !
And for such a good cause.
Finally, as life is always full of changes, I would like to welcome three new members to our
ofﬁce staff – Ms Chew Swee-Chiang, our new Managing Director, Ms Tho Pei-Ling, our new
Director of Programme Services, and Mr Ang Koo Peng, who will be working part-time as
our Director of Finance. In the coming newsletters, you will get to know them much better,
and I am conﬁdent that with the many skill sets which they bring with them, Make-A-Wish
will grow in the right direction !
With best wishes,
Chairman of the Board
5 June 2006
2006 GOLF TOURNAMENT
The Best One Yet !
After organising three golf tournaments, each getting better
every year, the 4th Annual Make-A-Wish Charity Golf
Tournament promises to be the best one yet. Imagine! Not
one, not two, but three Hole-in-One prizes! And a Maserati
coupe no less, for the most challenging hole out there, at
the Laguna National Golf and Country Club. The date is
Wednesday 26 July.
The chairman of the 2006 Organising Committee, Richard
Yong, said he wanted to make it not only a day of great
fun but also a rewarding experience. Hence the fabulous individual donors. Who knows, we may ﬁnd a Tiger Woods
prizes! Besides the usual prizes for the nearest pin, longest or Michelle Wie one day among our very own.
drive, novelty holes, etc, golfers are fowarned of some very The two boys selected to play are Lion Goh and Feldman
unusual challenge holes. Last year, in one selected hole, Tan, both single digit handicappers. We are ﬁnalizing
all golfers must put on an eye-patch to tee off. Even for arrangements for two girls to make the foursome and their
those who needs the cut, there will be very good lucky names will be announced soon.
prizes during the dinner. Third, there will be an inaugural Challenge Trophy donated
Also noteworthy is the fact that tax-deduction receipts by Make-A-Wish Chairman Dr Keith Goh, to be awarded to
this year will be the maximum possible: Full amount for the tournament’s overall champion. “This popular golf event
individuals and teams of four, and almost full tax-exempt is here to stay”, said Mr Yong, “and we will nurture it to
for corporate and gold sponsors. become one of the most sought-after charity tournaments
Three new features are being introduced. First, for those on the local golf scene.” Richard added that lady golfers
who have the time, there’s a free golf clinic at 11.00 am will also be encouraged to sign up, and if we are able to
with two excellent golf professionals showing you how raise the participation level, we will also introduce a ladies
to improve that swing. Well known pro Alan Murray and challenge cup.
Australian professional Ms Lee Carrington will be on hand The evening’s dinner will be graced by the presence of
to demonstrate some fancy shots as well as give valuable Mrs Yu-Foo Yee Shoon, Minister of State at the Ministry
pointers. of Community Development, Youth & Sports. Besides the
Registration starts from 11.00 am, with tee off promptly prize-giving, there will be an exciting auction of donated
from 12.24 pm for the Texas Scramble at the Masters items with full proceeds going to granting wishes for our
course and shotgun start at 1.15 pm for the Stableford at Wish children.
the Classic course. There are places for 204 golfers, of As in the past three tournaments, the main sponsor is none
which 60 are for the Masters. Needless to say, booking will other than Morgan Stanley, our most ardent supporter, plus
be on ﬁrst-come-ﬁrst served basis. a few gold sponsors including MasterCard and Bonvest
Second, for the ﬁrst time four of Singapore’s most promising Holdings Ltd. We certainly welcome more!
young golfers, between 16 and 18 years, will be invited Besides Richard Yong in the Chair and Matthew Murray
to play. According to Richard, we want to build a unique as Tournament Director, other members of the Organising
platform for promising young golfers to play in a pretigious Committee this year include Dr Keith Goh, Serene Lim,
charity golf event. This will give them an opportunity to Chew Swee Chiang, Sally Nakajima, Tho Pei Leng, Ang
be exposed to the corporate sponsor and also generous Koo Peng and KC Yuen.
Participation rates & tax-deduction eligibility
Individual golfer: $500 (full tax deduction) You can sign up either online at:
Team of 4 golfers: $1,800 (full tax deduction) www.asm-singapore.com/
Corporate sponsorship: $5,000 (1 ﬂight of 4 golfers upcoming_tournaments.asp?tournID=205
+ $4,500 tax deduction) or email email@example.com
Gold sponsorship: $10,000 (3 ﬂights of 12 golfers for an application form.
+ $8,000 tax deduction)
Golf Promo Ad
Standing from left: Richard Yong & Tan Kok Quan. Seated from left: Tan Chi Chu , Keith Goh & Jean de Souza. Absent in photo: Ronald Ong
year before leaving for Hong Kong. Morgan Stanley’s ASEAN business.
BOARD OF On his return to Singapore in 2005, He has been with Morgan Stanley
he was re-appointed to the Board and for eight years and has over 20
DIRECTORS became chairman in June 2005. years of experience as a banker. He
is a member of the Advisory Board
TAN CHI CHIU is a physician of the Lee Kong Chian School of
RE-ELECTED practicing in Gleneagles Medical
Centre. He is a life volunteer and
Business at Singapore Management
University. Ronald was ﬁrst elected
previous project director for the to the Board in March 2005.
A t the Annual General Meeting Singapore Red Cross Society. An
of the Foundation on 5 June 2006, elected member of the Singapore RICHARD YONG is managing
all six members on the Board of Medical Council, Dr Tan is also an director of Bulgari South Asian
Directors were re-elected for an active organizer of humanitarian relief Operations with responsibility for the
additional term. Dr Keith Goh, missions (e.g. Asian Tsunami and South Asian markets. He has been
Richard Yong and Tan Kok Quan will Yogyakarta earthquake). He was ﬁrst involved as a volunteer with Make-
serve for the next two years ending elected to the Board in December A-Wish Singapore for some time,
at the 2008 AGM, while Jean de 2004 and appointed vice chairman in offering his expertise in marketing as
Souza, Dr Tan Chi Chiu and Ronald October 2005. well as in wish granting, before being
Ong will continue their second term elected to the Board in September
ending at the 2007 AGM. JEAN DE SOUZA is managing director 2005. Richard chairs the Wish
of Advisors Incorporated Pte Ltd, a Granting Committee.
Additionally, the three ofﬁce bearers – boutique tax consultancy company.
Chairman Keith Goh, Vice Chairman Prior to this, she was with Ernst & TAN KOK QUAN is an advocate
Tan Chi Chiu and Treasurer Jean de Young Singapore for more than 20 and solicitor in Singapore for almost
Souza -- were unanimously re-elected years, having left them as their senior 30 years, and is a senior counsel
to serve another year. Here’s their tax partner. She is a Fellow Certiﬁed and principal founding member of
brief proﬁle: Public Accountant of both Singapore Tan Kok Quan Partnership. He has
and Australia. She was ﬁrst elected acted as counsel in both domestic
KEITH GOH is a neurosurgeon and to the Board in December 2004 and and international disputes, and at
Medical Director of the Parkway appointed treasurer in January 2005. various forums such as the courts of
Neurosurgery Centre at Eastshore law, arbitrations, statutory tribunals
Hospital. He was involved in the initial RONALD ONG is a Morgan Stanley and disciplinary tribunals. He was ﬁrst
Make-A-Wish ofﬁce in Singapore in managing director and CEO of its elected to the Board in January 2006.
2003 and served on the Board for one Singapore ofﬁce with responsibility for
A Warm Welcome to Swee Chiang! placed to lead Make-A-Wish Singapore in real handy when we started work
to the next level of growth. Welcome on this year’s tournament. Welcome
Last month we welcomed Ms Chew home, and welcome aboard, Swee aboard, Pei Leng!
Swee Chiang as our new Managing Chiang!
Director. She comes to Make-A-Wish
Singapore after some 24 years in Farewell to Haryati & Valerie
the busy corporate world working in …And to Pei Leng, too!
Canada, Singapore and Hong Kong. At the end of April 2006, Ms Haryati
At the same time, we also welcome Ms Mohamed and Ms Valerie Tan,
Tho Pei Leng who joins us as Director respectively managing director and
of Programme Services. Pei Leng is a director of programme services, both
graduate of the National University of left Make-A-Wish to pursue other
Singapore (NUS) with a Bachelor of interests. We wish them well in their
Science degree. future endeavours and thank them for
their past services.
In the past 10 years, she has worked
with a large ﬁrm of quantity surveyors,
a property development company, Part-time Consultants
and for six years was a project
manager with E M Services, one of We also wish to announce that a part-
the largest property managing agents time consultant, Mr Ang Koo Peng,
in Singapore. Prior to joining Make-A- has joined us from April 2006 to
Wish, she was a business executive help with the ﬁnance and accounting
involved with the setting up of a new aspects of our operations. Koo Peng
bioenergy company. is a graduate of the University of
Singapore (predecessor of NUS) with
a Bachelor of Accountancy degree
Swee Chiang and is a Fellow Certiﬁed Public
After completing her studies in Canada
with a double degree (BA in psychology The other part-time consultant is Mr K
and economics, and Bachelor of C Yuen, a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan
Commerce (Hons) in personnel and University, USA, with a BA degree in
industrial relations) from the University journalism. He was formerly a director
of Windsor, Swee Chiang worked in and CEO of the Singapore Tourist
the Singapore Foreign Ministry as Promotion Board and has worked in
well as in commercial organisations New York City and San Francisco with
in Singapore and Canada. the Economic Development Board,
and in Los Angeles with STPB.
From 1994 to the year 2000, she
was with MTV Asia as vice president
in charge of HR and administration. Wedding Bells Peel for Sally!
More recently Swee Chiang was with Pei Leng
the French conglomerate Thomson We are very happy to announce that Ms
Group as general manager (Human Pei Leng’s interest in volunteerism and Sally Clarke, Director of Development,
Resources) initially based in Singapore community work goes back some two got married in the romantic island
and later in Hong Kong, covering years when she ﬁrst came to Make-A- of Bali on 20 May 2006 to Mr Philip
regional and global responsibilities. Wish and was trained as a wish granter Nakajima. After two glorious weeks
as well as a general ofﬁce helper. She in paradise, they are both back in
With her wealth of corporate participated in the organizing of the Singapore. Congratulations and best
experience, Swee Chiang is well 2005 golf tournament, which came wishes, Philip and Sally!
Bao Yang’s Wish
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motorised o have a
18 February 2006 was the day Bao Yang had been waiting
for: his wish of owning a motorized wheelchair was going
to come true. Bao Yang, who suffers from muscular
dystrophy, had long wished for a motorised wheelchair,
complete with head rest and reclining back which would
allow him the comfort of lying back after long periods of
D sitting up and now his wish was going to come true.
sh While Bao Yang was getting ready for his big day, Wish
Wi ers Granters Debbie and Jiat were busy setting up for the
Gr wish granting party at the Ang Mo Kio Neighbourhood
Police Centre. The kind-hearted police officers from
Ang Mo Kio had not only raised money to help Bao
Yang’s wish come true but also transformed the canteen
into party central.
At 11 am, an extremely excited Bao Yang and his family
arrived. The happiness was clearly visible on his face as
he tested out the centre’s newly installed automated
ramp. Then under the curious gaze of fellow citizens,
the entire party proceeded to the canteen for the party
and more importantly the anticipated wish presentation.
There the Commander of the station presented Bao
Yang with a state-of-the-art Samba Quickie and one
of his favourite Harry Potter DVD games. Bao Yang
appeared overwhelmed at the sight of his new chair,
as if he almost couldn’t believe that this brand new
spanking high-tech wonder was all for him.
Then after an introduction to police weapons, gadgets
and vehicles, Bao Yang happily hit the road to test
Sponsors: Singapore Police Force (AMK) out his brand new set of wheels, which proved to be
& Accenture Pte Ltd everything he had asked for.
I wis pupp
Ryan’s Wish havea
Ryan’s biggest wish was to have his own puppy. With the
help of his parents and siblings, wish granters Jiat and
Debbie set about finding the perfect puppy and playmate.
Ryan chose an adorable 3-month-old miniature schnauzer
which the family named Zen. But Zen had to wait
patiently at the shop before he could be reunited with his
young master on a secret wish granting day .
The selected day rolled around soon enough, but Ryan
was unaware of the surprise that would be arriving that
very evening. His first hint came when Jiat, cameraman
Andy, and photographer Jerry arrived at his home to
present him with a clue – a paw-print. All he had to do was
follow a paw-print trail to the next clue. At first Ryan was
hesitant, but encouraged by his excited siblings, he joined
in the search. The trail led them to the playground and
to wish granter Debbie, who had an empty puppy carrier,
but no puppy! The next clue was to find a man with three
balloons and tell him his wish. This led Ryan to Eng Heng,
a representative from sponsors Merrill Lynch, who then
presented Ryan with Zen.
As it was getting dark, everyone headed back for drinks
and Ryan’s favourite Black Forest cake! Ryan seemed a bit
shy and overawed by this inquisitive puppy who sniffed
everything and everyone, but soon they were getting along an h
like the best of friends. Ryan busied himself with filling
Zen’s water bowl and entertaining his bouncing new pup.
Zen was clearly happy to have moved out of the shop and
into his warm loving new home. He seemed especially
taken with his master and his siblings. This is definitely
going to be a long loving relationship for years to come.
Sponsor: Merrill Lynch
Wish Granters: Ja
I wish to have a computer !
Cartoons, camps and computer games – little Iylia loves Iylia ofﬁcially ‘started’ the party by opening the other
all the things that most 12 year old boys do! He likes to gifts and soon his group of close friends arrived. They
draw, enjoys his school’s ECA events and even joined the dug heartily into the pizzas, crisps and cokes, and then
National Cadet Corps. made a beeline for the new computer. Iylia joined them
in exploring the various games installed in the computer.
So when Wish Granters Jane and Teck Leng descended on The word ‘awesome’, exclaimed excitedly by Iylia and
Iylia’s home bearing a desktop computer and a printer, his friends, could be heard repeatedly and it truly was an
his joy knew no bounds! Now he could learn more about awesome experience for everyone involved.
Chemistry, a subject he had started liking, play new
computer games and share the wonders of the internet
with his little sister and brother.
As Jane and her husband David arranged the party food
and other gifts on the dining room table, Iylia became
engrossed in watching Teck Leng set up the computer in
his room. His excitement was palpable as he was shown
all the features of his new computer.
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Singapore Marathon 2004
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him. Upon spying the gleaming keyboard, his face lit
up with a brilliant smile! He was given a demo of the
various beats that the keyboard could churn out with
the press of a button. The little maestro was soon
entertaining the gathering with his unique musical
And there were more lovely surprises in store…books
and toys from his favourite movie Chicken Little, a
sumptuous Kentucky Fried Chicken meal and ‘in tune’
with the Chinese New year theme…some authentic
Chinese dishes prepared by his mother for the occasion.
Little Hao Jun’s smiles, fingers and radiant joy created
a wonderful blend of melodies and memories for everyone
on this special occasion.
Little Hao Jun was born with music in his soul! He wished
for electric organ so that he could serenade his father
upon his return from Canada. Wish Granters Jiat Ling
and Diana Lee set about creating a truly magical event
where everyone faced the music happily!
They arrived at Hao Jun’s house bearing gifts and
goodies. Hao Jun’s family and friends pitched in to
decorate the house according to the Chinese New Year
party theme. In the middle of the living room, sat a
spanking new Yamaha electronic keyboard kindly
sponsored by Kids21.
At 1 pm Hao Jun entered the house with his mother
and was stunned to see the whole group waiting for
Sponsors: E-Len Fu from Club 21
na Teo &
I wish … to meet Pokemon!
What happens when you combine Disneyland,
Japanese cartoons, a surprise holiday and a special
little boy? A truly delightful experience unfolds!
When Wish Granters Fiona Teo and Jeremy met
ﬁve-year-old Aaron, they saw how much he loved
Japanese cartoons, especially Pokemon, Hamtaro
and the Power Rangers. Fiona and Jeremy knew that
a trip to Japan to meet these cartoon characters
would be the perfect thing for Aaron and set about
As Aaron and his family drove to the airport, he
assumed that they were going to Indonesia for
a holiday. Imagine Aaron‛s excitement when he
was told that he was going to Japan to visit the
Pokemon Park in Nagoya City. The attentive United
Airlines crew took special care of Aaron and his
two younger siblings on the trip and even treated
them to a cockpit tour.
At the Pokemon Park, Aaron was given a private
welcome by Pikachu, one of the Pokemon characters
and the whole family enjoyed the attractions and
festive atmosphere of the theme park. They kept
their parents on their toes as they sped from one
attraction to the other. Today the many photo
albums allow Aaron to relive the terriﬁc time he
had when he met his cartoon heroes!
ay in a
Little Syaﬁqah wanted a birthday with a difference, one
that she would remember for a long, long time. When Wish
Granters Serene and Bharat met Syaﬁqah, she shyly told
them that she wished to have a birthday party in a chalet!
So the Wish Granters set about ﬁnding a lovely chalet to
host a truly memorable party for the 5 year old Syaﬁqah.
They chose the Costa Sands Resort in Downtown
East (Pasir Ris). The Resort is a very popular for its air-
conditioned chalets, barbecue pits and swimming pools.
When Serene and Bharat visited the picturesque Resort,
they automatically knew that it was the perfect venue for
The Resort’s chalets were deemed too small to host a
child’s birthday party! Imagine a bunch of active kids running
around in a small room! The Costa Sands management
graciously agreed to let the Wish Granters use the spacious
Jasmine Room, adjoining the chalets, for the party. They did
not charge a rental of the Jasmine Room and took extra care to ensure that
everything went according to plan. The decorations, food, games, gifts and the
presence of Syaﬁqah’s family and friends made the little girl very happy. And
as the strains of the song ‘Happy Birthday to you, dear Syaﬁqah’ rose in the air,
the party became a perfect event in a paradisiacal setting!
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number of other climbers. Porters
Fundraisers with Altitude carrying loads of up to 40kg passed
us with ease (and huge calf muscles).
One young porter in ﬂip ﬂops was
immobilised with cramp and fatigue.
Trying to be helpful, we offered him a
power gel which he vomited up soon
after. Moving swiftly on, we continued
towards our resting place for the
night, Laban Rata. After 7.5 hours we
ﬁnally reached the lodge where we
found that all beds were taken. That’s
another story which resulted in us
sleeping on the ﬂoor in the ofﬁce!
No alarm clock was needed for the
2.00 am summit climb. The noise of
other climbers ensured we only had
1-2 hours sleep and so our push
to the top started with no energy,
unsteady legs and queasiness from
altitude sickness. Equipped with
woolies, gloves and miner-style
lamps on our foreheads, our guide
Walking from took us by the hand and led us to
the daunting task ahead. Very soon
South to North NZ Climbing Mount Kinabalu we came to the ropes. Hanging on
and pulling ourselves up the rocks
K obie Rhodes and his intrepid On 11 March, Sheila Blackburn and for 300m, we then embarked upon
friends decided to put their stamina to two companions donned hiking boots, the gruelling trudge along the summit
the test and hike the entire length of power gels and trekking poles to climb plateau. For three hours, Lows Peak
New Zealand at the beginning of the Mount Kinabalu, raising money for the was always ‘just over there’ but in the
year in aid of Make-A-Wish. Inspired British Club charities (of which Make-
by the Lord of the Rings movie, which A-Wish is one).
was set in the stunning location of
New Zealand, Kobie and his team Of the 200 people that climb the
of ‘Roadwarriors’ set out to achieve mountain each day, most start at the
their goal of walking the entire length Kinabalu Park Summit Trail. However,
from Bluff on the South Island to Cape we took the Mesilau Trail which is
Reinga on the North Island. For the longer, more challenging and more
‘Roadwarriors’ who had, two years biologically diverse.
ago managed to cycle on mountain
bikes from Canada to Mexico, the After a relatively gentle uphill stretch
physical and mental challenge. turned into a steep incline, we grew
to realise what challenge we were distance. Ten slow shufﬂes forward,
They were walking for a total of 65 facing. A steep two-hour slog of a rest, ten more steps. That’s how we
days and in that time covered over climb followed and, as we ascended made it. The brief scramble to the
2400 kilometres! Just when we the next ridge, our guide pointed out highest point was hard, but we made
thought they would want to hang up the abundance of Villosa pitcher plants it in time for the dawn to break and
their walking boots and take a rest in the area. At this stage, we were the dawning of our realisation that,
we hear that next year their plan is to feeling fatigued and were beginning despite sleep deprivation and altitude
cycle from near Seattle (Anacourtes, to show less interest in the ﬂora which sickness, we had just climbed 4095m,
Washington) on the West Coast of our enthusiastic guide continued to the highest peak from Irian Jaya to
America, to Bal Harbour, Maine, on point out. the Himalayas.
the East Coast (about 6,920 km) then
(as if that wasn’t enough) they are At Layang Layang the Mesilau Trail We would like to thank Sheila and Kobie for
going to ride back through Canada to picks up the old summit trail and, their efforts to raise funds for Make-A-Wish and
Minnesota, an additional 2,000 km! for the ﬁrst time, we came across a congratulate them on their success.
THE JOY OF
Jiat & Wish Child Rohini
ing with the
about three years now
and have helped to grant
the magical wishes of 12
very special children in that time.
Besides helping out as a wish granter, I’ve also helped out at special
events like the golf tournament and last year’s Stories of Light. As a
volunteer with the Foundation, I’ve had the opportunity to get ac-
quainted with many likeminded individuals from all walks of life who
selﬂessly give of their own time to create wonderful and enchanting
experiences for our wish children.
I’ve also been fortunate enough to be given many opportunities to develop myself
as an individual through my experiences with the Foundation, both as a wish granter or
helper at various events, including my very own “10 seconds of fame” in the newspapers.
The greatest reward I get from being a wish granter is the pure and innocent joy that is
reﬂected on the child’s face. For me, nothing is as powerful and heartwarming as that
smile, grin or semi-dazed wonder.
Helping out at special events is another way in which I can contribute to the
Foundation, helping in raising the proﬁle of the foundation amongst the public
and enabling us to reach out to more children in Singapore. The special
events also honed my previously undeveloped skills as balloon sculptor and
face painter “extraordinaire” amongst others. Who says volunteering isn’t fun?
Volunteering with the Foundation, especially as a wish granter, has been a very
fulﬁlling and magical experience for me and I hope that it’s the same for every-
one else out there.
Upon A Star
Sometime in December
The ‘Wish Upon A Star’ pack
Time: Saturday 8 July 2006
will consist of stars of different
9.00 am to 6.00 pm
denominations to hang on company
Venues:Esso-Mobil Lorong Chuan
Christmas trees during year-end
Esso-Mobil Yio Chu Kang
festive season.By following a simple
three-step-process: 1) Buy a star 2)
To raise awareness and funds for the
make your donation 3) hang your
Make-A-Wish Foundation, students
star on the tree, employees can lay
from St Andrews Junior College
a part in making a wish come true.
will form teams with members from
A major company is keen to take
the Singapore Police Force and the
on this project and work with their
Nokia emloyees at two major petrol
clients in the downtown area but we
stations to wash cars from 9am to
would also like to reach out to more
6pm. A friendly competitive spirit will
venues if possible. On completion of
be generated between the teams at
the campaign, they can allocate their
the two stations as they raise funds
proceeds towards a speciﬁc wish,
throughout the day, and you will be
and we will keep them informed of
able to hear constant updates about
the Wish after it has been granted.
their progress by 938LIVE.
To participate in the event, motorists
will buy a ticket ($10 each) at the
specially set up ticket kiosk which
can be used up to one week from
the day of the event, at either of the
two participating stations.
After a successful inaugural
End September / Early October promotion last year at Wisma Atria,
we plan to do it again, but on a
We are in discussion with a sponsor larger scale.Targetting retail outlets,
keen to support us by liaising with bookshops, coffee shops, and toy-
a cinema chain to create a Movie stores ISLAND-WIDE this year, we
Premiere event. We are hoping intend to produce an item of Make-A-
to feature a blockbuster movie for Wish branded merchandise which is
an evening’s performance, or an related to ‘light’. We will be seeking
outstanding children’s ﬁlm during a help from the general public to ‘light
day show. Details will be announced up Singapore’ and help us make
in due course, probably in the next wishes come true!
issue of the Newsletter in early
2 April 2006 at
Rafﬂes Junior College
Sponsored by JP Morgan &
Some 25 staff from JP Morgan and helping to make it happen. Many thanks to all of the helping
joined our volunteers to run the Thanks also to The Thinc hands who came together to
Wish Family Party this year. 63 Group for once again providing make this event such a fun time
Wish Children and their families fantastic creative input and for these special children.
attended the event, swelling the commissioning the balloon
numbers to over 250 pepe this ‘architect’. We would also like
year. Ice cream was donated to acknowledge Faridah Ali
by Haagen Dazs, the venue Chang and Denny Sum for
was donated by Rafﬂes Junior their wonderful performance of
College, and we provided food ‘When you wish upon a Star’
and entertainment. It was a which all of the children and their
lovely party and everyone had families really enjoyed. Golden
great fun! Village Multiplex contributed
to the day by providing goody
We are indebted to JP Morgan bag items as did the Singapore
for sponsoring this year’s party Zoological Gardens.
Novartis 8 May 2006
East Coast Park.
Community Working with Novartis for
the second year in a row, we
games and challenges. Then
the groups numbering about
distributed pledge cards to 100 people came together in
Partnership their staff before the event day
in order to raise funds. On the
teams to prepare for the evening
BBQ and games for the Wish
Day day itself, we sent up an event
at the East Coast with the help
Children to enjoy. What great
fun they all had!
of our volunteers from MAD
LEARNING who donated their
expertise as team builders and
created an afternoon’race’ with
Our Mission Global Presence
The mission of Make-A-Wish Foundation is to grant the The Make-A-Wish Foundation has been bringing magic
wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. The into the lives of children for 26 years. The Foundation has
Foundation strives to provide the wish child and family with granted more than 140,000 wishes to children around the
special memories of joy and laughter at a stressful time in world. Here in Singapore, we have granted wishes to more
their lives. A wish offers a respite – a time away from the than 130 children since our inception in April 2003. With
strains of dealing with a serious illness – and a chance for a presence on ﬁve continents, we are the world’s largest
families to re-connect. A wish gives a child the chance to wish-granting organization.
remember that anything is possible…even the future.
Each child is unique Make-A-Wish Foundation ﬁnances the wishes of children
Each wish is unique through the generous support of many individual donors,
A child can wish to meet a hero, have a special gift, or see corporate sponsors, and grants. When you support the
and experience something new. A wish lets a child forget wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses, you will
about his or her illness and remember what it is to be a ﬁnd your own life as enriched as the families whose lives
child again. are changed forever by the magic of a wish. Below is a
And a wish impacts on so many people. Families, friends, donation form that you can use to show your support. All
medical professionals and communities can be touched by donations are eligible for tax deduction since Make-A-Wish
the simple, innocent dream of a child. Foundation is an approved charity in Singapore.
Yes, I want to donate!
Name: (Mr/Mrs/Ms/Dr) NRIC No.:
Name as in NRIC or Passport:
Please make cheque payable to
Fax: Make-A-Wish Foundation (S) Ltd
and mail it to:
190 Clemenceau Ave #07-02
Singapore Shopping Centre, S’pore 239924
Enclosed is my gift of S$
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is extremely fortunate to have wonderful
supporters who share our mission and have donated generously in
cash and in kind over the past few years. Since January this year,
many individuals, companies and various bodies have made donations
in one form or another, and we are truly grateful. Below is a list of some
of our benefactors.
• In January, GAP International Sourcing sent us $12,900 to fulﬁll the
wish of one of our eligible children.
• In one of their fundraisers, the British Club, which adopted us for two
years, donated $8,000.
• April was a banner month, with four signiﬁcant donations. Tudor
Foundation, Inc. gave us a grant for the equivalent of $47,000.
• The Methodist Girls School gave us an outright donation of $6,400
after some dedicated fundraising done by new students.
• A fashion show by Kids21 (the kids version of Club 21) raised $37,000
• Also in April, one of our Board members celebrated a major birthday
anniversary and requested his guests not to bring him any presents.
Instead he asked them to make a donation to two of his favourite
charities, of which we were one. Thirty-seven of his guests sent cheques
to us totaling $21,000. To all his guests, and especially to the “Birthday
Boy”, we say a big Thank You!
• In May, Reuters sent us the proceeds from a cricket tournament that
There were hundreds of other donors during the ﬁrst ﬁve months of
2006, simply too numerous to name. To all of them, and on behalf of our
wish children, we say Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!