Jackie Lee: Make-A-Wish Australia
How Jackie helps make children’s wishes come true
When Jackie Lee went looking for a good cause to support, she found the perfect fit with Make-A-Wish Australia, a charity that brings joy to seriously ill children.
No wish is too bizarre or outrageous for Jackie and her colleagues and they always do their best to make it come true.
“I love that mindset,” says Jackie.
She says the story of a teenager who wanted to take his family on holiday illustrates how the process gives the kids a boost.
When Jackie and another volunteer first met the boy he was shy and subdued. But the next time they met he was talkative and excited about the trip.
“In only a few months the difference was incredible and he hadn’t even had his wish granted,” says Jackie.
In her one year with the newly formed South West Sydney branch, Jackie has devoted countless hours to help grant wishes to seriously ill children.
She has also stepped up to take on the role of branch president, which includes responsibility for fundraising activities.
Jackie says big-ticket wishes like trips to Movie Land capture public attention.
But it was a simple wish that captured her heart.
The child just wanted to escape the hospital long enough to see a movie with his friends.
There were screams of excitement when a stuntman dressed as Spiderman came to pick the children up and performed a few tricks.
“It was my favourite one so far — they were so happy,” says Jackie, who also volunteers for an organisation that supports homeless and at-risk women.
Jackie says it feels absolutely incredible to be voted a Westfield Local Hero.
The $10,000 Westfield Local Heroes grant awarded to Make-A-Wish will be used to help fund four wishes in the local area.
“Our goal is to grant wishes to every child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness,” says Jackie.