|Tengku Zehan launching Make-a-Wish Malaysia. Looking on is Datin Syarifah Farah Gumash (left).
By NG PUI KAR
Watching video presentations of children with life-threatening medical conditions as they had their wishes realised was enough to bring tears to the eyes of many.
That was the scene at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur on Thursday at the launch of Make-a-Wish Malaysia.
The event was attended by Tengku Puteri Puan Sri Nor Zehan, youngest sister of Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah of Selangor, Angkasawan Datuk Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor and local singer celebrity Ning Baizura (who also performed).
Although it was the official launch, Make-a-Wish Malaysia has actually already granted the wishes of 14 children so far.
Among the wishes granted were that of a four-year-old boy named Hazim (who has neuroblastoma) who wanted to be a rocket launcher and launch a rocket.
Dr Sheikh Muszaphar was on hand to help make the day more memorable for Hazim at the National Planetarium.
Datin Syarifah Farah Gumash Syed Hussain, chairperson of Make-a-Wish Malaysia, said, “A wish experience is a dream come true and is a source of hope and inspiration for children undergoing medical treatments. We hope the wish would strengthen them and help them in their fight against their illness and instil them with hope. It really is a time of magic and joy for these special children and for all involved in making the wish come true.”
The organisation was officially launched by Tengku Zehan, who is also the patron of Make-a-Wish Malaysia.
Make-a-Wish Malaysia grants wishes of medically-eligible children aged between three and 18 years old who have been diagnosed with a progressive, degenerative or malignant condition that has placed the child’s life in jeopardy.
At the launch, there were 10 impending wishes waiting to be “adopted” by sponsors and donors. Among the wishes were that of Nur Jannah, a 15-year-old who has osteosarcoma, who wishes to meet Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak; and Anais Aiman, an eight-year old boy who has acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, who wishes to go to the Gold Coast, Australia.
By Friday, all the wishes had been "adopted".
For more information on Make-a-Wish Malaysia, go to www.makeawish.org.my or email firstname.lastname@example.org.