World Wish Day being promoted online
Make-A-Wish Foundation launches interactive site with a virtual fountain of wishes
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is promoting the first World Wish Day on April 29, 2010 through an interactive website that lets people donate by tossing a coin into a fountain virtually.
The Foundation, which has chapters all around the world including Dubai, helps grant the wish of a child with a life-threatening medical condition every 25 minutes. It claims to have fulfilled more than 240,000 wishes since 1980.
All 36 chapters of the Make-A-Wish Foundation will grant and publicly dedicate at least one wish to the World Wish Day cause. This can be seen on the WorldWishDay.org site, which has an interactive fountain filled with gold and silver coins. People can click on gold coins to read about wishes that have been granted or choose to toss in a silver coin to donate to the cause and help fulfil a wish.
One gold coin in the virtual fountain explains how 3 year old Osama from the United Arab Emirates, who is suffering from Neuroblastoma, had his wish of a new bedroom granted through the Foundation.
"We want to encourage a global movement on World Wish Day and our new digital platform is the first step in making this happen. This interactive experience helps to demonstrate the positive impact that we can have on the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Supporters can donate, refer a child, and spread the word to help us grant as many wishes as possible," explained Jon Stettner, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Foundation International. "Our aim is to bring the promise of tomorrow to these children all around the world and we encourage people to start this journey with us at worldwishday.org."