Fairies help make a wish
YESTERDAY'S 1.30pm QANTAS flight from Coffs Harbour had a special passenger on the way to realising his dream.
Crossmaglen 12-year-old Joshua Wakewood, who has muscular dystrophy, has always wanted to see where his Nanna, Margaret, grew up.
Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, they are now on their way to Devon in England, along with Joshua's parents Ralph and Anne, his sisters Cassie and Kristine, and his brothers Daniel, Timothy and Samuel.
Their whirlwind eight-day trip will also take in London, Warwick Castle, Cornwall, and some of the locations where the Harry Potter movies were filmed.
"We're all very excited about the trip. It's hard to believe," Anne Wakewood said.
"Joshua was four or five when we found out he had muscular dystrophy. His muscles get weaker every day. He's been in a wheelchair since grade six.
"I think he's very good within himself. He's very happy, especially when so many people are so kind to us.
"It makes life easier to bear."
n Preparations are in full swing in Coffs Harbour to celebrate Wish Day on April 28.
Coffs Harbour's Make-A-Wish Foundation president, Laurie Jackson, is encouraging girls to dress up as wish fairies and to go to The Good Guys on 2pm that day. That's when judging will take place in a bestdressed competition.
Also on the day, Make-A-Wish Foundation products will be sold at Centro Toormina, the Palms Centre, Park Beach Plaza and The Good Guys.
All funds raised will go towards the work of the foundation, which helps children with life-threatening illnesses.
For more information, contact Laurie Jackson on 6652 3354.