Photo: Make-A-Wish Luxembourg Facebook page
Luxembourg charity ‘‘Make-A-Wish’’ celebrated its first anniversary on Friday night at the Grand Théâtre in the presence of friends, volunteers, board members, colleagues from Make-A-Wish Flanders, as well as local sponsors.
Founded little over a year ago, ‘‘Make-A-Wish’’ Luxembourg was the project of three visionary men: co-founder and President Marcel Hagendoorn, co-founder and Secretary David Micallef and co-founder and Treasurer Raphael Loschetter who were dedicated to making dreams come true for children with life-threatening conditions.
On November 3 last year, the local charity organisation was formally welcomed to the Make-A-Wish Foundation International family and it was from then on, that the charity seriously engaged in helping children with serious illnesses in the Grand Duchy.
Photo: Make-A-Wish Luxembourg Facebook page
Three dreams came true in one year
On Friday night, event participants had the chance to find out more about the organisation’s first year’s achievements, such as making wishes come true for three local children fighting leukaemia and Guillain–Barré syndrome, as well as about the charity’s first major fundraising event ‘‘Concours d’Elégance & Luxembourg Classic Days’’.
Aimed at raising funds for the charity organisation’s cause, ‘‘Concours d’Elégance’’ was a two-day event held last August in Mondorf-les-Bains and raised over 50.000 euros. On Friday night, the audience were invited to admire pictures from last year’s event in a special photo exhibition.
Moreover, Board Members David Micallef and Raphael Loschetter delivered speeches on the occasion and shared with participants both the challenges and the rewards entailed by helping children aged 3 to 18 to meet their dreams while fighting such serious medical conditions.
60 volunteers support the ‘‘Make-A-Wish’’ cause
Wort.lu/en spoke to Raphael Loschetter, Co-founder and Treasurer for Make-A-Wish Luxembourg, to learn more about the charity’s activity over the year.
‘‘Since November last year, Make-A-Wish Luxembourg has experienced a fantastic growth. There are about 60 volunteers involved in a wide variety of tasks from marketing, fundraising, event management or actively making a wish come true for a proposed child. The latter becomes possible generally with the help of three volunteers, involves the parents’ authorisation and can take from one week to a few months,’’ explains Loschetter.
‘‘We have a close relationship with KannerKlinik and Dr. Roland Seligmann, who is not only a Board Member but also helps us decide the best times and most feasible ways to help children fulfil their dreams in accordance to their conditions.
Next year, we hope to be able to help no less than 10 children to see their wishes come true and to successfully organise the second edition of Concourse d’ Elégance at the end of august,’’ concluded the ‘‘Make-A-Wish Treasurer.
Friday night also marked the cheque hand-over ceremony for the 11.000-euro donation made by Porche Classic Cars Club. In addition to this, participants could make direct donations throughout the event.
While fundraising events and donations are critical to the charity’s existence and engagement in helping children, volunteers are an equally important part of ‘‘Make-A-Wish’’.
People of various ages, nationalities and with distinct professional backgrounds also support the charity’s cause by getting involved in a number of activities.
Melinda Mucsi, a Hungarian national has started volunteering for Make-A-Wish willing to give back to the community and now acts as Communication Manager, while International School student and Italian national Jill Linosa decided to dedicate her time to ‘‘Make-A-Wish’’ last September as part of her two-year voluntary mission.
‘‘Make-A-Wish’’ President Marcel Hagendoorn awarded the ‘‘Best Volunteer’’ prize
On the night, ‘‘Make-A-Wish’’ President Marcel Hagendoorn was offered the ‘‘Best Volunteer’’ award for his devotement to the charity. In the future, the award will bear his name and will be offered annually to the best ‘‘Make-A-Wish’’ volunteer.
Event participants were also able to listen to a jazz concert, by jazz guitar duo Greg Lamy and Paulo Simoes and to see a solo performance by ‘‘Make-A-Wish’’ volunteer Helena Nulzen.
Members of the public interested in becoming a ‘‘Make-A-Wish’’ volunteer or willing to make a donation, can find further information on http://www.make-a-wish.lu.
The charity is currently dedicated to making a fourth wish come true for a 17 year-old male suffering from a life-threatening condition, who would like to publish a biography book started by his brother who died of the same disease.
Make-A-Wish Foundation International was founded in Arizona in 1980 and currently has 37 affiliates all around the world.
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