A fashionable night at the Make A Wish Crystal Ball. The Make-A-Wish Ireland Crystal Ball took place last Saturday 11th May at the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin, raising much needed funds to help grant wishes to children in Ireland who are living with life-threatening illnesses. Among the many well-known faces in attendance were Lucy Kennedy, Sile Seoige, Frances Fitzgerald TD, Paddy Cole, Peter Devlin and Robbie Fogarty.
Lucy Kennedy, Ambassador for Make-A-Wish Ireland, hosted the evening which included show stopping performances by another Make-A-Wish ambassador, Mary Byrne and Canadian singer, Sarina Haggarty, a former Wish child.
Now a recording artist, Sarina is proof that where there’s a Wish, there’s a way. She is affected by a life-threatening seizure disorder. Sarina spoke saying, “I will continue to experience seizures, but I am ever grateful to Make-A-Wish who showed me life can be so much more. My wish made me who I am. This weekend has been a dream for me to come and join this beautiful Crystal Ball of 2019.”
Highlighting the impact of a wish granted from a medical point of view, Professor Basil Elnazir spoke movingly on VT about how difficult it is to give parents the news that no-one ever wants to say, “your child has a life-threatening medical condition” and of the positive impact a wish granted can have on both the child and their family.
Auction proceedings were undertaken by Andrew Nolan of Robert J Goff & Co plc with exclusive lots including a framed painting by celebrated Dublin-based artist, Guggi, another by Pat Viele and a third by Alan Somers; a Velocity White Gold & Diamond Classic Pendant from Boodles; and a Roger Federer Wilson Pro Staff RF97 racquet with personally signed grip, all going under the hammer.
Since its inception in 1992, Make-A-Wish Ireland has granted over 2,400 wishes to children living with life-threatening medical conditions including 211 wishes granted in 2018. Speaking at the Ball, CEO Susan O’Dwyer, after reading a heart-breaking story from a Wish parent, said “Tonight I am asking for your help to create incredible memories for children and their families. Help us to ensure that the illnesses or the trauma that they go through is not the memory that lasts, but the smiles, happiness and joy are the images that stay with everyone for a lifetime.”
Susan expressed her gratitude to all in attendance for their continued support, saying: “Make-A-Wish is funded entirely through donations and fundraising events like tonight. We receive no government funding, so we really can’t grant wishes without you.”
Make-A-Wish Ireland has one simple aim – to grant the wishes of children living with life-threatening medical conditions. Research shows children who have wishes granted are more likely to build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. This improves their quality of life and produces better health outcomes.*