Besides the numerous personal reasons why we decided to run the Walt Disney World wine and dine half marathon, we also wanted to raise some much needed funds for charity, and decided to support the Make-A-Wish foundation UK!
Make-A-Wish operates internationally in many different countries – but the objective is always the same – to enrich the lives of children with life threatening illnesses by granting them wishes! I couldn’t explain it in a better way myself, so i’ve taken the following extract from Make-A-Wish UK’s website which explains a little bit more about what the charity aims to do:
“We exist for one reason – to grant magical wishes to enrich the lives of children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.
Whether it’s starring in their own films, walking with dinosaurs, going on an amazing holiday, meeting a celebrity hero, or having a life-changing bedroom makeover; our wishes are varied, personal and, most importantly, magical.
We go above and beyond to grant very special wishes to very special children; their dreams made a reality at a time when they need it most.
Because a child’s life shouldn’t be about illness, hospitals and diagnosis – it should be about wonder, joy and hope.”
We have seen children at Disney World having their wishes granted, we have seen the smiles on their faces, the happiness it brings them and that’s why we chose to support Make-A-Wish. Because every child deserves happiness, no child deserves to face a life threatening illness. We can’t begin to imagine what it must feel like to fight such horrible diseases at such a young age, we can’t imagine what a mental and emotional toll it must place on both the child and their family. If we can help to provide a wish that will give a little bit of respite to a child fighting a life threatening illness and their family, then 13.1 miles of achy legs will have been very much worth it indeed!
So far we have raised £364 for Make-A-Wish UK – but we don’t want to stop here! If you have already sponsored us then thank you, it is greatly appreciated, and if you would like to sponsor us (no amount is too small) then you can do so via our justgiving site.