26/07/2013 - 14:13

MinRes boost for Make-A-Wish

26/07/2013 - 14:13

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MinRes boost for Make-A-Wish
Make-A-Wish Australia western region partner relationships manager Scott Hine (L) accepts the cheque from Mineral Resources boss Chris Ellison.

Make-A-Wish Australia has announced a new partnership with Perth-based mining services firm Mineral Resources.

Mineral Resources will sponsor a minimum of 10 wishes in Western Australia to the value of $75,000 each year for the next three years.

Five-year-old leukaemia sufferer Lania Fitzgerald will be the first to receive a wish under the agreement and will be travelling to the Gold Coast to visit the theme parks.

Make-A-Wish Australia CEO Gerard Menses said the funding would allow the organisation to more effectively service the 60 ill children currently on the wish waiting list in WA.

Mineral Resources managing director Chris Ellison is fully aware of the significance of the foundation and recognises the need to provide support.

“The assistance they provide seriously ill children and distressed families makes all the difference in an otherwise difficult time,” Mr Ellison said.

After a few years of financial hardship Make-A-Wish has made a comeback in recent times, with Westpac providing pro bono office space for the otherwise homeless Perth headquarters, and Qantas offering its support to the foundation nationwide.

Since its inception in 1985, Make-A-Wish Australia has granted more than 7,000 wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

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