Honolulu (KHON2)- Through Make-A-Wish Hawaii’s youth fundraising programs, children can raise essential funds and show their support for fellow keiki in need. Make-A-Wish Hawaii Hospitality and Development Manager James Donnelly, who is spearheading these programs, joined us for a virtual interview alongside one local keiki dedicated to making a difference, Ahryanna McGuirk.
Donnelly works directly with kids like McGuirk to provide them with ways to engage their friends, family, classmates, and community in the transformative power of a wish. The Kids for Wish Kids Program is open to kids and teenagers up to 18 years old, and it promotes leadership, initiative, and social responsibility. Kids can do anything from hosting garage sales and selling wish stars to doing online campaigns and showing off their talents. Last year, local children sold their unique artwork and even performed music in the streets of Waikiki to show their support and raise money for keiki fighting critical illnesses.
McGuirk, a freshman at Kalaheo High School, was inspired to partner with Make-A-Wish Hawaii after reading about kids her age who’d received a wish.
“I was astounded by the fact that children like me – who were the same age, lived in the same state, and had the same interests – were facing such serious troubles,” says McGuirk. “I remember being deeply inspired by the Make-A-Wish members who were actively working to empower and show their support for these children by granting them a wish that had the potential to change their lives.”
McGuirk is looking forward to leveraging her fundraising experience from Student Council toward the Kids for Wish Kids program. She is also joining Make-A-Wish Hawaii’s Youth Leadership Council, where she’ll attend monthly meetings and plan various activities and fundraisers.
Other local youth are invited to learn leadership skills and social responsibility while also making wishes come true. Donnelly is currently seeking 12 youth in grades 10-12 to join the Youth Leadership Council, and eight younger children to join the Junior Leadership Council.
Those interested can learn more at hawaii.wish.org or contact Donnelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.