As Make-A-Wish Australia’s Port Pirie Branch president Debra Stephens reflected on 17 years with the charity organisation, her pride in the branch’s work was clear to see.
After joining the organisation at a recruitment night in 2000, Debra has played a role in many of the branch’s 41 wishes for sick children in Port Pirie.
Debra described the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of children and families as “a privilege”.
“It puts a whole different focus on thing for families,” Debra said.
“I’ve seen the impact of wishes on many families.
“Knowing the feeling to work through a wish and to see it completed, it’s indescribable really. It really is a privilege to help kids and families in the region.”
Make-A-Wish Port Pirie Branch raises money in order to make sick children’s dreams come true – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for both the family and the volunteers. Debra said the organisation was unique in many ways. She said that all money raised in Port Pirie stayed in the city, which provided a unique opportunity for volunteers to both raise money and see the impact the funds make in the form of wishes. The Port Pirie branch will celebrate 21 years of community support this year. The Port Pirie branch will hold a volunteer recruitment night on Wednesday March 22 between 7:30pm-8:30pm at Port Pirie Sporting and Community Club.