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1. Who is eligible for a wish?
Any child between the age of 3 and 17 in Hong Kong and Macau* with life-threatening medical conditions may be eligible for a wish. Wish children must have a written recommendation and approval from their doctor.
2. Who can refer children for a wish?
Children who may be eligible to receive a wish can be referred by:
1. Medical professionals treating the child, such as doctors and nurses
2. A parent or legal guardian of the potential wish child
3. The potential wish child
Most of our referrals now come from doctors. Our recommendation form may be filled in by ward managers, nurses or social workers, but it has to be certified and countersigned by the child's doctor.
3. How many wishes can a child have?
Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong can only fulfill one wish per child.
4. Is there any restriction to a child's wish?
"Wish" means "something that the child wants to do or have", such as travelling overseas, meeting with favourite idols, having a new computer or TV set and being a writer etc.
We do not supply medical equipment. Other than that, the wishes are limited only by the child's imagination!
Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong approves each application with reference to our established guidelines. Our first concern is the child's health condition, safety, the positive impacts to him / her and the nature of his / her wish. We believe when a wish comes true, it will bring much of gratification and courage to the children by the involvement of his / her family with integration of love and care; in additional to having unforgettable memory.
5. Who approves the child's wish?
The Executive Committee of Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong makes the final decision as to whether the child is eligible.
6. How much does Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong charge for a wish?
Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong aims at providing good memory to children by granting wishes, therefore, applicants is not necessary to pay for their wish. Meanwhile, we do not assess the financial conditions of the families.
We would seek sponsorship from commercial sector for children’s wishes. This arrangement would lesson our financial burden as well as providing more opportunities for our sponsors to implement corporate social responsibilities. Children would be benefited from more exposure to the community which is "in addition to" his / her wish.
7. Is a non-Hong Kong permanent resident eligible for a Wish?
We accept applications from any children who are under 18 years old with life-threatening illnesses. Children are not required to be permanent residents of Hong Kong or Macau, provided that he/she recieves medical treatments in Hong Kong or Macau with his/her doctor's recommendation.
8. Must the family agree to publicise their information about a wish for the promotional work of Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong or media reporting?
Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong respects the family's desire in this regard. We must have the families' concern when we pick their stories for our promotion and publicity. Release forms for the use of information and photographs taken must be signed by parents or guardians if they are agreeable.
In fact, we encourage benefited children and families to share the "wish comes true process and happiness" with the public. If more people know our work, more children would have opportunities to enjoy the joy as their wishes also come true afterwards.
About Wish Referral Privacy - Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong respects the privacy of the children and families it serves. All medical information is considered confidential and would not be discussed with outside parties unless it is required for the wish and the child’s parent(s) or guardian(s) have given their consent.
9. What are the wishes that children want to come true mostly?
The wishes of children can be classified into 4 categories generally, they are "I want to have…", "I want to go…", "I want to meet…" and "I want to be…".
Most of the children want to travel or visit some interesting places; Disneyland is the most popular choice. They are also keen on meeting their favorite idols / figures. Computer is mostly wanted item for them and some would like to be a writer or an artist.
10. If a child wishes for a trip or an event, who can accompany him or her? What responsibility does the family have?
It is Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong's practice to involve any members of the immediate family in the wish and, occasionally, even another special person whom the child particularly wishes to include. If the child's condition requires medical attention, Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong welcomes the presence of a doctor and/or nurse.
The child's parents or guardians will be responsible for escorting the child on the Wish trip. They are also required to complete and sign a Deed of Release, that is about Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong will not be liable to any participant of the trip in respect to any deterioration in health condition, damage, loss or claim connected with the trip, however, it might arise. We also ask that the family to share some photographs of the Wish with us. Our staff and volunteers would do all the works involved in planning a Wish, down to the smallest detail, and of course, Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong pays for everything.
* For those who are receiving medical treatments in Hong Kong and Macau