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Space boy helps charity make dreams come true for kids

Friday, 2nd February, 2018 1:00pm
Space boy helps charity make dreams come true for kids

Daniel, pictured here with his family, enjoyed the trip of a lifetime visiting astronauts in the Johnson Space Center.

Space boy helps charity make dreams come true for kids

Daniel, pictured here with his family, enjoyed the trip of a lifetime visiting astronauts in the Johnson Space Center.

A LITTLE Southside boy whose dream came true when he visited the Johnson Space Center in Texas is leading the charge for volunteers for Make-A-Wish Ireland.

The charity, which granted wishes to 46 seriously ill children in Dublin last year, needs 500 local volunteers for Wish Day on March 9.

Volunteers are asked to give just a few hours of their time on the flagship fundraising day to sell wristbands in their local supermarket or shopping centre in order to raise much-needed funds for the charity.

 Of the 46 local children whose wishes were granted last year, were those living with life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, cystic fibrosis and Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

And they included nine-year-old Daniel Barrett, from Walkinstown, who is living with a brain tumour.

Make-A-Wish granted Daniel’s wish to visit NASA by organising a truly magical visit for him and his family to the Johnson Space Center in Texas.

Daniel’s life-changing visit included meeting real-life astronauts and even walking on NASA’s replica of the International Space Station.

The family had VIP access to the old mission control room, and witnessed astronauts training underwater.

Daniel’s mother, Orlagh, said that the family will never forget the trip, describing it as “a real, once-in-a-lifetime experience”.

Make-A-Wish is solely dependent on the generosity of the general public to continue granting wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Ireland. 

According to Make-A-Wish Ireland, children's wishes can range from being a princess for the day or meeting their hero, to going on a once-in-a-lifetime family holiday.

Make-A-Wish Ireland CEO, Susan O’Dwyer said: “Children with life-threatening illnesses need your help today.

“Your precious gift of time this Wish Day will enable us to make wishes come true for seriously ill children when they most need strength, hope and joy.

“We have granted almost 2,200 wishes for Irish children which would not be possible without the support of the Irish public.

“A few hours from the people of Dublin on Friday, March 9 to help raise valuable funds will make wishes come true for more children in your community.” 

Make-A-Wish volunteers will be selling wristbands and transfers, costing €2 each, at locations across the city.

All proceeds will support wish granting for children living with life-threatening illnesses.

Visit www.makeawish.ie/wishday or contact Daragh on (01) 2052011/daragh@makeawish.ie

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