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The Make-A-Wish® Crystal Ball Fundraiser took place at the Doubletree by Hilton on Saturday the 16th May.I’m honored to be an ambassador for this amazing charity. The ball was a potent reminder of the inspiring work done by the foundation granting wishes to brave children battling life-threatening medical conditions all over Ireland.

The memories that make a wish create are ones that are treasured forever. These special days help families forget about the illness and hard times. On the night of the ball Norah Casey spoke about her sons friend who passed away some years ago but before he had a wish and it’s a memory that her son cherishes forever.

Special guests on the evening were the Conneely Family who were recipients of a wish. Wish mother Rosie made an emotional speech about how her family lived through Aideen’s illness myelodysplastic syndrome and the impact her child’s wish made to her entire family. Aideen’s wish was to be a Barbie Fashion designer. The video above is of Aideen’s wish and it was premiered at the event and it really shows how important the work is that make a wish do xx

Myself and CEO of Make a Wish Susan O'Dwyer

Myself and CEO of Make a Wish Susan O’Dwyer

Myself and the stunning Imelda at The Make a WishCrystal Ball in the Double Tree Hilton hotel Ballsbridge-photo Kieran HarnettMyself and the stunning Imelda at The Make a Wish
Crystal Ball in the Double Tree Hilton hotel Ballsbridge-photo Kieran Harnett

As an ambassador of Make a Wish I was honored to attend their annual crystal ball on Saturday. To say there were a few tears is an understatement. It was truly incredible to see the difference this charity make in peoples lives.

Make-A-Wish Ireland has one simple aim to grant the wishes of children aged between 3 and 17 years living with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. A wish granted is true magic for the child, providing respite from their normal routines of hospitals, doctors and treatment.

When I returned I posted on Facebook and a friend of mine posted that Make – a-Wish had granted a wish for her sister Niamh before she passed away and when I spoke to her today she described to me how special the day was for everyone. It was the first time in ages her parents had a meal out and every single person in the family was made feel special. Susan O’Dwyer the CEO is so passionate about Make-a Wish and after Saturday night I truly know why.

Among the guest were Imelda May who sang 4 songs although we could have listened to her all night. What an incredibly talented lady. She had her family with her and it was such a pleasure to meet them all. Lucy Kennedy, Lorraine Keane, Deborah Veale and Photographer Jenny Mc Carthy were also there. Jennys hubby and Lucy’s sidekick Martin King was the host for the evening and did an incredible job full of empathy and love listening to some heartbreaking stories. Ireally don’t know how he did it. I also bumped into the lovely Norah Casey as well as some great friends old and new.

If you would like to help grant a wish you can ext 50300 to “MYWISH” and donate €4 to make a dream come true!!

Taigh Wright and Laura McKeown at the Make A Wish Crystal Ball in the Double Tree Hilton hotel Ballsbridge-photo Kieran Harnett Taigh Wright and Laura McKeown at the Make A Wish Crystal Ball in the Double Tree Hilton hotel Ballsbridge-photo Kieran Harnett

Sinead Christian and Martin King at the Make A Wish Crystal Ball in the Double Tree Hilton hotel Ballsbridge-photo Kieran Harnett Sinead Christian and Martin King at the Make A Wish Crystal Ball in the Double Tree Hilton hotel Ballsbridge-photo Kieran Harnett

Marie Joyce at the Make A Wish Crystal Ball in the Double Tree Hilton hotel Ballsbridge-photo Kieran Harnett Marie Joyce at the Make A Wish Crystal Ball in the Double Tree Hilton hotel Ballsbridge-photo Kieran Harnett

Norah Casey at the Make A Wish Crystal Ball in the Double Tree Hilton hotel Ballsbridge-photo Kieran Harnett Norah Casey at the Make A Wish Crystal Ball in the Double Tree Hilton hotel Ballsbridge-photo Kieran Harnett

Deborah Veale and Lorraine Keane at the Make A Wish Crystal Ball in the Double Tree Hilton hotel Ballsbridge-photo Kieran Harnett Deborah Veale and Lorraine Keane at the Make A Wish Crystal Ball in the Double Tree Hilton hotel Ballsbridge-photo Kieran Harnett

Lucy Kennedy and Susan O' Dwyer at the Make A Wish Crystal Ball in the Double Tree Hilton hotel Ballsbridge-photo Kieran Harnett Lucy Kennedy and Susan O’ Dwyer at the Make A Wish Crystal Ball in the Double Tree Hilton hotel Ballsbridge-photo Kieran Harnett

Alison Canavan at the Make A Wish Crystal Ball in the Double Tree Hilton hotel Ballsbridge-photo Kieran Harnett Alison Canavan at the Make A Wish Crystal Ball in the Double Tree Hilton hotel Ballsbridge-photo Kieran Harnett