Explore the stories of some of our volunteers - and find out what it's really like to be part of making wishes come true.
VOLUNTEER PROFILE : Joanne Field, Manawatu
"I love being part of Make-A-Wish and seeing what an amazing positive impact a wish can have on critically ill children and their families. It's an enormous privilege. I have also loved meeting all the wonderful people through my involvement with Make-A-Wish"
Our wonderful volunteer Joanne (Jo) received an award at our recent Volunteer Conference for her 10 year's volunteer service with Make-A-Wish NZ.
Jo's generous spirit knows no bounds, and on top of wish-granting, she helps fundraise for Make-A-Wish - she recently walked the Great Wall of China as part of the Make-A-Wish NZ ‘Walking for Wishes’ team. The team walked the Great Wall over five days, a distance of more than 21,196 kilometres over mountains and valleys, collectively raising over $46,000 to date for Make-A-Wish NZ.
Jo has worked with over 30 Wish children and their families over the past decade, and along with husband David, they have fostered children for the past 10 years, as well as raising their own children.
Jo's recent wish delivery was for local teen Jacob, 15 years old, who has a rare form of cancer, whose wish was for a special day out with his family. Jacob and his family travelled by limousine to Wellington for a VIP shopping experience and fun family day out, enjoying precious time together and having fun at the arcades, with Jacob picking out his own Playstation VR4 Skyrim bundle/laptop gear and having lunch out together.
Jacob’s mum says, "Joanne was one of my son's wish fairies. He was diagnosed with cancer at the beginning of last year. Being away for so long from his siblings, he was able to have such a fun day with them in a totally different environment, no worries about treatment, just pure fun and laughter, the best medicine. The wish experience showed him that he is important, and that he deserved this, he has fought so hard, I tell him this everyday but to have a stranger show him the same kindness gave him proof he deserves some special treatment."