• Celebrate World Wish Day with the inaugural launch of the #WishesComeTrueBlue movement by wearing blue to show solidarity and support for children with critical illnesses on 29 April
  • To mark the occasion, Make-A-Wish Singapore will also be launching three limited-edition custom face masks designed by wish children
  • Members of the public can purchase the mask at S$18 from 29 April onwards via the pre-order link here: http://bit.ly/mawfacemask

Make-A-Wish Singapore announces the launch of #WishesComeTrueBlue movement, a social movement where members of the public are invited to wear blue to show their support for children with critical illnesses on World Wish Day (29th April). As part of the celebration, Make-A-Wish Singapore will also be releasing three limited-edition custom face masks, and designed by the organisation’s very own wish children.

“At Make-A-Wish Singapore, we have seen first-hand the uplifting power that a granted wish has on not only the wish child, but their families and the wider community around them. With every wish granted, we can see The Wish Effect spreading as positive change multiplies, touches hearts, and inspires action. We hope that members of the public will support the inaugural launch of our new annual movement and help spread The Wish Effect by wearing blue on 29 April, to show their support for the community of children with critical illnesses.” said Ravi Vig, Chief Executive Officer, Make-A-Wish Singapore.

“To visualise the life-changing impact of wishes, we are also pleased to introduce three limited-edition custom face masks, designed by our wish children. The support and encouragement from your participation, referrals and donation will go a long way to help us extend the power of wishes to more eligible children.”

Wear blue on World Wish Day (29 April) and support the #WishesComeTrueBlue movement

Members of the public are encouraged to show their support and stand in solidarity with Make-A-Wish Singapore and the community of children with critical illnesses by wearing blue this World Wish Day, 29 April. The colour signifies the renewed hope and strength that wishes bring to children with critical illnesses and is also the primary colour of Make-A-Wish.

Help spread The Wish Effect and rally the community by posting a photo of yourself wearing anything blue on your social media and tag Make-A-Wish Singapore on Facebook (@MakeAWishFoundationSingapore) or Instagram (@makeawishsingapore) with the hashtag #WishesComeTrueBlue to stand a chance to win attractive prizes. 

We will be wearing blue too in support of the #WishesComeTrueBlue movement. Check us out on Instagram @surabhi.pandey.161 and tag us in your posts!

Get your hands-on limited-edition face masks designed by wish children

This World Wish Day, in celebration of the anniversary of the first wish that inspired the founding of Make-A-Wish, three wish children have designed a series of limited-edition custom face masks, which shares an inspiring message of hope for everyone around them. Each mask will be sold at $18 and will be available for pre-order starting from 29 April via this link: http://bit.ly/mawfacemask. All proceeds will go towards Make-A-Wish Singapore’s wish-granting efforts for children with critical illnesses.

Arshad’s wish of having a room makeover was granted in 2018 when his family had just moved into their current house. Since Arshad shares a room with his parents, they needed a bigger bedroom and door to accommodate Arshad and his wheelchair.

As Arshad is non-communicative, his younger sister, Yasmin, who is 6 years old, designed the mask on his behalf and it is based on her wish for Arshad. She drew candies and desserts as she enjoys sweet stuff and wishes that her brother could enjoy them with her as well.

Amelia’s wish was granted in 2014 when she was 12 years old. As a huge fan of everything Disney, she wished to meet Princess Elsa and Princess Anna at Hong Kong Disneyland.

Amelia’s design is inspired by Mount Fuji, as she hopes she can travel to Japan soon in the post-pandemic future. She hopes that everyone will be able to remove their masks one day and breathe in the fresh air.

Joanna’s wish was granted in 2015 when she was 10 years old. She wished to have a Frozen-themed baking party, combining her two favourite things at the time – the well-loved Disney movie, Frozen, and her interest in baking. 

Joanna’s design is inspired by a Native American legend which states that the dream catcher’s web will filter off all bad dreams. Joanna hopes for everyone to only dream about good and positive things, and that the world would be a brighter place.

The dandelions represent her hope for people to start afresh, lead a more meaningful life and dream bolder. She drew five dandelions to represent her family who has provided her with support, hope and are positive influences in her life.

By showcasing the transformational power of wishes, Make-A-Wish Singapore aims to encourage more people to make referrals, allowing the organisation to grant the wishes of every medically eligible child in Singapore. The annual World Wish Day marks the anniversary of the first wish that inspired the founding of Make-A-Wish globally, a non-profit organisation that creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses, as well as the anniversary of the Singapore chapter since 2002.

To date, Make-A-Wish Singapore has granted over 1,632 wishes and counting. The dedicated team and pool of volunteers have seen the importance of a wish as a catalyst for a child’s renewed hope and strength, as well as its wide-reaching effects on the well-being of a child’s family and the wider community.

The team relies on wish referrals from caring individuals to help reach more eligible children and fulfil their wishes. Anyone can make a referral to help spread The Wish Effect. For interested individuals and organisations who would like to support Make-A-Wish Singapore, please visit their website here.

By Surabhi Pandey

Surabhi Pandey, a former Delhi Doordarshan presenter, is a journalist currently based in Singapore. She is the author of ‘Nascent Wings’ and ‘Saturated Agitation’ and has contributed to over 15 anthologies in English and Hindi in India and Singapore. She writes on topics related to lifestyle and travel and is an active reporter on the tech startup ecosystem in Southeast Asia. She is the editor and founder of The Vent Machine.

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