August 12, 2014: That magical feeling

IT was an honour to be involved with the 2014 Make-A-Wish® Singing with the Stars as a host on Saturday night.

The biennial event is a fantastic fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and this year was no exception.

Countless hours were spent organising, rehearsing and setting up the event which was led by YP branch president Belinda Knight.

One of the Make-A-Wish volunteers collecting donations on Saturday night shared a very touching story.

A little girl, about 6 years old, arrived at the Wallaroo Town Hall full of excitement and smiles.

Once she had found her seat, out came her purse with the pocket money she had saved up for the night.

She lined up all of her 20 cent pieces to make sure she had enough to vote for every act.

At the end of each song, she was very eager to put her money in the tin to cast her vote.

After about the third or fourth act, she was starting to get a little tired and was overheard saying to her mum, “If I fall asleep Mum, please make sure you put my money in the tin for each of the singers”.

Inevitably, she did fall asleep and missed the later part of the show but her Mum made sure her votes went in the tin.

Many other people made sizable donations knowing it was such a worthy charity to which their money was going.

The Yorke Peninsula branch of Make-A-Wish is very active in its fundraising and has granted seven wishes to local children affected by illness since 2006.

Fundraising is hard work, but it is all worth it to see the smiles on the faces of wish recipients.

Well done to all the volunteers, in particular Belinda, and to all the performers and crew who helped make the event such a success.

Thank you also to those who attended and donated so generously.

As the finale act depicted, you have all helped make children with serious illnesses “happy”!

Amie Price, Editor

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