Blooms The Chemist wears it blue to make sick kid’s wishes come true
‘Wear It Blue to make wishes come true’ –
community pharmacy network to match donations for sick kids
Blooms The Chemist closing in on $1.7 million in donations this World Wish Day
Blooms The Chemist’s pharmacists, team members and support office staff will ‘Wear It Blue To Make Wishes Come True’ from today to raise much-needed funds and awareness for Make-A-Wish Australia® – the kids’ charity that is changing lives one wish at a time.
In the days leading up to World Wish Day on April 29, Blooms The Chemist is supporting the charity’s ‘Wear It Blue To Make Wishes Come True’ campaign, hosting a multitude of fundraising events and activities across its national community pharmacy network and support office to ensure Make-A-Wish Australia continues to make critically ill children’s wishes come true.
As it closes in on $1.7 million in donations, Blooms The Chemist will also be the World Wish Day ‘Matched Giving Partner’ today (April 26), where from 8am for 12 hours (or until funds are exhausted) the pharmacy will match every dollar raised by Make-A-Wish Australia up to a total of $15,000. In addition, stores will be hosting ‘Wear It Blue To Make Wishes Come True’ morning teas across its national network, selling baked goods and encouraging customers to join in their donation efforts.
“Make-A-Wish Australia is a very important partner for everyone at Blooms The Chemist,” said Emmanuel Vavoulas, CEO, Blooms The Chemist.
“Since our partnership began in 2016, we’ve taken every opportunity to support the charity and encourage not only our staff, but our partners, suppliers and customers to join us in our fundraising efforts.
“Our pharmacies not only offer exceptional healthcare services and expert care in their local communities, but they also connect with our customers and collectively come together to support important charitable causes like this.
“We’re delighted to once again support World Wish Day and are a proud partner of Make-A-Wish Australia to assist them in being able to ensure more sick children’s wishes come true,” Vavoulas adds.
The money raised through activities like ‘Matched-Giving’ is fundamental to helping grant the wishes of the over 900 critically ill children currently on their Wish Journey, including the wish of 6-year-old Manny who was diagnosed with Wilms tumour.
Manny’s wish is to visit a Magical Lane where the butterflies and fairies live for a big fairy adventure. Marie, Manny’s mum, said that the wish has given Manny something to look forward to.
“The wish lets Manny know that she is so special, and for everything that she went through, this is what she gets at the end,” Marie said.
Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 550,000 wishes globally. In Australia, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 10,000 wishes and currently has over 900 children on their wish journey.
Make-A-Wish Australia’s CEO, Sally Bateman, emphasised the importance of partners like Blooms The Chemist to ensure the charity continues its important work.
“We are so grateful to Blooms The Chemist for their long-term partnership and for their incredible support throughout our World Wish Day campaign. As our ‘Matched-Giving Partner’ and adopter of our inaugural ‘Wear It Blue to Make Wishes Come True’ activity, they have been an incredible support for our fundraising efforts,” Ms. Bateman said.
“As a registered Australian charity, Make-A-Wish Australia receives no government funding, so we are reliant on support and donations from our corporate partners, ambassadors and the wider Australian community to make life-changing wishes come true,” Ms. Bateman said.
Make-A-Wish Australia and its partners ensure children can have moments of hope and joy and live in a world of possibility, in the times that it is most needed.
For more information on the partnership between Blooms The Chemist and Make-A-Wish, visit: https://www.bloomsthechemist.com.au/make-a-wish. To donate to Make-A-Wish Australia, visit: https://www.makeawish.org.au/support/ways-to-donate/donate.