Ambassadors for Make-A-Wish

24/10/2012 08:50

by Junior webmaster Jamie Lucas, his sister Katie and their parents Brenda and Gordon Lucas.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of 'National Game Playing Week' here in Ireland. The event which is supported by Hasbro Ireland runs from the 26th of October to the 4th of November 2012, with all proceeds raised going the 'Make a Wish Ireland'

Because Katie and Jamie Lucas (Ms. O'Donnell - 6th Class) are both 'Wish Kids', they have been asked by 'Make a Wish Ireland' to act as ambassadors, and appear in press and national media as part of the promotion - Highlighting the importance of 'Make a Wish' and of how important it is to make time as a family.
The kids were interviewed by a journalist from the Irish Independent last week, and may possibly be making an appearance on TV early next week (thats to be confirmed)
It's a huge honor for the kids to be asked, but both are delighted to be taking part in something that will help raise awareness for such a wonderful cause.

I've attached some information below highlighting the details of 'National Game Playing Week'

Schools, families, workplaces and communities called on to support National Game Playing Week by hosting a gaming party

National Game Playing Week (Friday, 26th October - Sunday 4th November) is all about getting your favourite game, a bunch of friends, having some fun and raising some money for Make-A-Wish. This year is the 10th anniversary of National Game Playing Week and Hasbro, who support the initiative, are hoping this year will see even more people getting involved.

According to Hasbro’s Anne Dermody: “Schools have embraced National Game Playing Week over the past 9 years and as it’s the 10th anniversary this year we’ve decided to make it even bigger. We’re calling on people of all ages to get their favourite game be it Monopoly, Jenga, Bop It or Twister , invite their friends, colleagues and family over, make a donation and have a party! We’re really excited to be working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation as they make so many dreams come true”.

Susan O’Dwyer, Chief Executive of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, says “Since its inception in 1992, Make-A-Wish in Ireland has granted wishes for over 1,300 brave children.A wish granted is true magic for the child providing respite from their normal routines of hospitals, doctors and treatment. To continue with our work we rely overwhelmingly on the kindness of people which is why we are delighted to be linking up with Hasbro for their annual National Game Playing Week.

“We want to continue to grant as many wishes as possible, so we’re encouraging every family, school, workplace or community group in the country to get together, pull out a game, have some fun and help raise as much money as possible for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.”

For more information about National Game Playing Week and to register to host a party, visit the Make-A-Wish website ( or contact the Make-A-Wish office on 01 2052012