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Barry Plant Group helps wishes come true

Photo caption:  Barry Plant CEO Mike McCarthy hands over a $20,000 cheque to Make-A-Wish Australia’s Sacha Koltun, along with William and his mother Joanne.

The Barry Plant Group is helping Make-A-Wish® Australia grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, kicking off their support with a $20,000 donation at the Group’s annual Kick Start conference held recently.

Conference delegates also banded together on the day, raising a further $4,500 – enough to grant a special ‘I want to be…’ wish for one child.

A special guest at the conference was William, a 9 year old wish recipient with a complex heart defect. Make-A-Wish was able to grant his cherished wish to have a model railway, bringing him some much needed hope, strength and joy.  William’s mother, Joanne, told the audience how the experience of having his wish granted not only gave him a wonderfully exciting day, but the carry over effect that the lift in spirits had on his wellbeing was fantastic.

Barry Plant CEO Mike McCarthy said that network will continue to support this very worthy cause.

“In late 2013, all Barry Plant principals agreed to make an annual donation to a Barry Plant fund that would be used to support worthy charities.  It was agreed that Make-A-Wish was a great cause and that they would be the main beneficiary of funds raised,” said Mike.

A committee has now been developed to organise ongoing fundraising events and support.

“Make-A-Wish relies on the support of individuals and organisations, like Barry Plant, to ensure no child misses out on the opportunity to experience the life-changing and lasting difference a tailor-made wish makes.  We are extremely grateful for Barry Plant’s ongoing support,” said Gerard Menses, CEO, Make-A-Wish Australia.

“It’s a great opportunity for Barry Plant offices to give back to their local community and support those in need,” said Mike.

“We look forward to helping make more wishes come true and helping to make a life-changing difference to seriously-ill children. ”