Jay Brennan makes a snow angel at the North Pole
Kilkenny’s Jay Brennan, 9, is living with a rare heart defect and wished to meet Santa Claus. Along with his mother and sister, Jay travelled all the way to the North Pole just before Christmas and his dream came true.
Jay’s wish experience included a snowmobile safari through the forests, Husky and reindeer rides and tobogganing before getting to meet the man himself, Santa Claus.
Jay’s mother said that Jay was full of cheer when he got back, adding “the trip to Lapland meant so much to us as we have had a very difficult year.”
The charity that made it all happen is now looking for ten local volunteers in Kilkenny on Wish Day, which takes place on Friday March 9 - to support Make-A-Wish Ireland’s flagship fundraising day.
Volunteers are asked to give just a few hours of their time to sell wristbands in their local supermarket or shopping centre in order to raise much-needed funds for the charity.
Last year, in Kilkenny alone, the charity made wishes come true for seven local children living with life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, cystic fibrosis and Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Children’s wishes can range from being a princess for the day or meeting their hero, to going on a once-in-a-lifetime family holiday.
Wherever possible, the child’s family is invited to share in the wish experience, creating lasting memories for all the family.
Make-A-Wish Ireland CEO, Susan O’Dwyer said: “A few hours from the people of Kilkenny on Friday, March 9 to help raise valuable funds will make wishes come true for more children in your community. We have granted almost 2,200 wishes for Irish children.”
To sign up to volunteer on Wish Day visit www.makeawish.ie or contact Daragh on (01) 2052011 /firstname.lastname@example.org