Now in its third consecutive year, Barry Plant’s fundraising initiative Wishtober will raise money for Make-A-Wish® Australia, a charity that grants wishes to children and teenagers diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions.
For the past two years, the Barry Plant group has renamed October “Wishtober” to successfully raise more than $100,000 each year for Make-A-Wish.
This October once again, each of the group’s 80 offices will contribute sizeable donations from the commissions on every property sold throughout the month. The Corporate Office will also donate to boost the final figure.
Individual offices will, as they have in the past, devise additional fundraising ideas such as auctioning BP bears before home auctions, and collecting gold coin donations at Open for Inspections. “The Barry Plant Group has supported Make-A-Wish for three years now, and we are proud to have raised such a significant sum of money,” said CEO, Mike McCarthy.
“Everyone at Barry Plant loves the fact that they can contribute and help make even more wishes come true for very sick kids and teens.”
“Make-A-Wish wishes are vital, build resilience and, together with medical treatment, give very sick kids the best chance of survival. As an organisation funded solely by donations, Make-A-Wish relies on the support of business partners and the community, and we’re absolutely thrilled we are able to support them.”
Barry Plant’s involvement with the children’s charity doesn’t end with Wishtober. Earlier this year, they also helped to make the wish of 12-year old Breanna, who had battled liver failure and received a transplant, come true.
Breanna’s wish was quite unique – she wanted to organise a fairytale themed ball to raise funds for Make-A-Wish to help other seriously ill kids just like her. The Barry Plant Group supported Breanna’s event, and Jim Hatzimoisis, principal of Barry Plant Taylors Lakes office, volunteered his services as auctioneer for the night.
“The fact that Breanna’s wish was to help make wishes come true for other children made this an incredibly generous wish that she chose,” Mike said.
“It was a pleasure to support her efforts.”
“We are delighted with the effort and enthusiasm shown by every member of our group towards Wishtober,” Mike said.
“We are looking forward to raising another bumper donation this year.”