Make-A-Wish Guam continues to bring joy to residents through a virtual talent show despite COVID-19.
Like many organizations, the Make-A-Wish Foundation was affected by the pandemic and had to find creative ways to fundraise in order to continue granting wishes to children with critical illnesses.
Make-A-Wish provides opportunities for kids and their families to have joyful, life-changing experiences by funding requests such as trips to a famous theme park, meeting their favorite celebrities, and so on.
Wanting to keep to that core mission and still comply with PCOR1 restrictions, the Stars At Home: Virtual Talent Show was created.
Make-A-Wish President and CEO Eric Tydingco says that although they had never done this type of fundraiser before, they are already seeing success with it.
“I think it might return again for next year. We have a lot of talented people on Guam and there’s a tight-knit community here that supports each other. So it’s really grassroots, you know, family and friends. We’re encouraging all of our talents to reach out to them and it’s been working so far,” Tydingco said.
The island community can vote on their favorite video with a $5 minimum donation in the form of a virtual “high-five.” Proceeds will go to the organization’s “waiting wish kids” list.
Currently, there are a total of 31 submissions and interested individuals can still participate.
The event is ongoing until December 1st. Just e-mail a video showcasing your talent to email@example.com and Make-A-Wish will then send a submission form.