Make-A-Wish Foundation to partner with DHC

DUBAI- Make-A-Wish Foundation has selected Dubai to be its international affiliate country of operations which will ultimately serve as a regional office for the entire Middle East and North Africa. This global wish, granting initiative for children with life-threatening illnesses, will base its office at Dubai Humanitarian City.

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Published: Sat 25 Oct 2003, 12:32 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 11:42 PM

"The UAE is our latest country of project implementation," said Lori Dillon, National Director of Make-A-Wish Foundation. "Make-A-Wish Foundation is honoured to be associated with Dubai Humanitarian City as it is the first international affiliate in the Gulf region. We are proud to be represented in the Gulf under the umbrella of Dubai Humanitarian City."

"The UAE affiliate office is going to be the first in the Middle East and will ultimately serve as a regional office for the Mena region. Make-A-Wish Foundation affiliates are located in 27 countries around the globe," Dillon added.

"Make-A-Wish Foundation is Dubai Humanitarian City's latest partner. We're honoured to be part of such an uplifting initiative that helps make life better for children with fatal illnesses," said Saeed bin Suloom, Dubai Humanitarian City Director.

Dillon said the foundation was created in 1980 in Phoenix in the US, when a seven-year old boy, Chris, with Leukaemia dreamed of being a policeman. The police department granted him his wish with a custom-made uniform, badge and helicopter ride. Unfortunately, Chris died a few days later. "Granting his wish inspired the creation of the foundation," Dillon said. She added the main aim of the foundation is to increase the opportunity for children with life-threatening illness to realise their wish by:

Establishing basic principles to ensure that the highest standards of ethics and conduct are uniformly followed and adhered to by affiliate charities which are members of the Make-A-Wish family throughout the world;

Encourage planned growth of the wish granting concept in receptive countries;

Provide for advice and consultation among affiliates.

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