Make-A-Wish puts children’s travel wishes on hold due to pandemic

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Make-A-Wish Guam's President and CEO Eric Tydingco says the organization's usual fundraising methods have been canceled and children's wishes put on hold.

The Make-A-Wish Guam and CNMI foundation had to revamp fundraising strategies in order to adapt to the current circumstances.

Make-A-Wish held a virtual presentation during the Rotary Club of Tumon Bay monthly meeting.

Due to the pandemic, the Guam chapter, which normally was 100% donation-based, had to file for a grant provided by the Guam Economic Development Authority.

Make-A-Wish Guam’s President and CEO Eric Tydingco says the organization’s usual fundraising methods have been canceled and children’s wishes put on hold.

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“Basically most of our wishes are travel wishes. So in March, the national chapter made the announcement that all travel wishes are on hold indefinitely and it makes absolute sense because most of these kids are medically vulnerable. So to expose them further to crowds or long plane rides or things like that where they’re in confined spaces was definitely not going to fly with the families, with our whole mission,” Tydingco said.

Finding innovative ways to raise funds, Make-A-Wish is hosting the Stars-At-Home Virtual talent show which is ongoing until December 1st. The virtual show garnered enough success that they could bring it back next year.

The next event is the Jingle Rock Virtual Run starting from December 1st to the 31st.

To help with fundraising efforts, the Rotary Club of Tumon Bay donated $1000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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