Mayor hoping to make some special wishes come true
The Mayor of Lisburn,
Councillor James Tinsley at the launch of his
Official Charity - 'The Make a Wish Foundation.'
Also pictured is Darren Fowler, Northern Ireland
Regional Manager of 'Make a Wish Foundation' and
Jolene Moran, Northern Ireland Regional
THE `Make A Wish Foundation' has been chosen as this year's
Official Mayor's Charity in Lisburn.
The Foundation grants magical wishes to children and young
people aged between 3 and 17 who are fighting life-threatening
illnesses. Since its establishment in 1986 it has granted over
4,400 wishes in the UK.
It is also affiliated to 'Make A Wish International', the
largest of all wish-granting organisations, found in 30
Speaking at the launch of this year's Charity, the Mayor
Councillor James Tinsley explained why he had chosen the
'As a father of two small children I cannot imagine the
devastation of a child dealing with a life threatening illness.
The desperation must be nearly impossible to cope with at times"
"I wanted to support a charity that allows Families to leave
these illnesses behind, even for a short while, and experience
something extra special by granting a once in a lifetime dream
"The Make a Wish Foundation is very much about living life to
the full, and providing life long, treasured memories for all
Mr Tinsley will be working with the Foundation to raise the
profile of the charity as well as arranging a series of fund
raising events and opportunities throughout his term of office.
Regional Manager for the Make a Wish Foundation, Darren
Fowler, said he was delighted to be working with the Mayor and
Lisburn City Council.
"We were over the moon when we got the call from the Mayor's
Office telling us we had been chosen as his charity for the
year" he said.
"I am looking forward to working in the Lisburn area to
recruit volunteers, run spectacular events and of course grant
more magical wishes than ever before.
"If anyone in the Lisburn area would like to get involved
with the charity we are recruiting a special team to join in all
the fun activities and wish granting that we will be working on
through out the year ahead. To become involved call me on
90805580 or e-mail me on