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					                       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

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          26 JULY 2006
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                                                            About Us
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.
Richard Yong
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.”
Managing Director

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

KC Yuen
Director of Administration

Ang Koo Peng
Director of Finance

KC Yuen
Sally Nakajima
Associate Editor

                                                                   Leadership Message                                     3
                                                                   4th Annual Golf Tournament                             4
David Seow
Deepanjali Pandey                                                  Make-A-Wish News                                       6
Mark Wise
                                                                   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
Foundation (Singapore) Ltd. Designed and produced by               Acknowledgements                                       19
Synergy Marcomm Pte Ltd. MICA (P) 321/06/2005
                                                       Leadership Message

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,

                                                                                  Keith Goh
                                                                      Chairman of the Board

                                                                                 5 June 2006

                                         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
                                                                                                                Maserati Coupe
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)               
  Corporate sponsorship: $5,000 (1 flight of 4 golfers                     upcoming_tournaments.asp?tournID=205
                            + $4,500 tax deduction)                         or email
  Gold sponsorship:         $10,000 (3 flights of 12 golfers                       for an application form.
                            + $8,000 tax deduction)

Golf Promo Ad

                MAIN SPONSOR
    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!

      Wish Stories

                   Bao Yang’s Wish
            I wish ... t
        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
                              & Jiat
                                               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.

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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
                                                                                       Gr    s
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
                      ne &

                                   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.

Sponsors:      Miles for Smiles
               Singapore Marathon 2004

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                                  to hav
                          elec tr        ea
                                  ic org n

                                                               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
                                                                                             Jere my
                                                                                    na Teo &
                                                                            : Fio
                                                                     n ters
    Aaron's wish

     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
arranging it.
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!

            Syafiqah’s Wish
I wish…to
my birthd
          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
                                                          Syafiqah’s party!

                                                           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!


                                  e    & B ha
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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
                                                                         I   ’ve
                                                                   ing with the
                                                                Foundation for
                                                           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.

                                                                               Jiat Ling

Upcoming Events

                                                          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.

                                                                    November/December 2006
  Movie Premiere
                                                          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

                                                                         Recent Activities

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.

Donation Form

                                                                     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
for us.

• 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
raised $21,000.

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!

Morgan Stanley

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