BIG4 and Make-A-Wish® Australia
“Medicine can go so far to take care of physical concerns.
The Make-A-Wish experience truly is medicine for the heart.”
- Dr James Fahner
Since 2014 BIG4 Holiday Parks have been proud partners of Make-A-Wish® Australia. Make-A-Wish Australia has granted over 10,000 wishes since 1985 to children with a life-threatening illness. From the simple to the seemingly impossible, Make-A-Wish wishes aim to complement medical treatment – working to calm, distract and empower sick kids at the time they need it most. When a wish is realised, a child discovers that despite their situation, anything is possible.
You can learn more about the incredible journey of these cherished wishes at www.makeawish.org.au.
“ I wish to see a unicorn fly. ” Scarlett, 6 years old, battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.
Scarlett, 5, was diagnosed with a rare heart defect at the tender age of 21 weeks. Her life consisted of hospital visits and lots of time on the couch, and her mum worried that she was too sick for fun, play, or imagination. Six months later, a frail and shy Scarlett was granted a wish, and she declared, “I want to meet a unicorn and lick its horn!” Scarlett wanted to touch its green mane and taste its rainbow-flavoured horn, because, well – obviously!
For the #WishForce team working on Scarlett’s wish, this was a whole new challenge. After months of planning and hard work,
the big event finally took place in Melbourne. Against a backdrop of the iconic Arts Centre, with its spire glowing rainbow-colours in the twilight, hundreds of wellwishers looked on as Scarlett’s unicorn gently floated to earth.
With the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra playing ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’, Scarlett had the chance to brush
its silky mane, go for a ride, and, of course, lick the rainbow-flavoured (ice-cream!) horn. From animators to projectionists, professional musicians, and pastry chefs, it took a #WishForce of mammoth proportions to bring Scarlett’s wish to live. But it was all so worth it.
“When it's a bad day at home, and Scarlett’s not feeling well, the conversation of her unicorn comes up. It just fixes everything, and I think it will be like that for a very long time.” – Roxanne, Scarlett’s mum.