So far, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has made wishes come true for more than 6,500 children in Michigan. According to the foundation, of all the money spent, 80% goes directly to making wishes come true of these special children. Funding for their organization comes from individual contributors, special events, corporate donations, grants, and sponsorships.
Since my husband’s company was one of the sponsors of this event, which was held in Detroit Zoo this Saturday, we decided to be a part of this walk and help an amazing cause. We had to register online and make some donation to the organization. Kids under the ages of 13 were admitted free and registered members got free parking, free t-shirts, lunch and breakfast. The walk started at 9:00AM and event was supposed to end at 12:00PM.
The 2011 walk attracted more than 2,000 walkers and volunteers who came for this walk on a beautiful day. The Zoo looked very lively as the walkers gathered around for the opening ceremony in their Make-A-wish t-shirts. The event had a school band playing as well cheerleaders, and music to encourage the walkers. This was a two-mile walk inside the Zoo which proved to be a fun-filled day for the whole family. The kids and adults all looked energetic and happy to be a part of this event. There were also kids’ activities scheduled for the kids to take part in during the day before lunch was served. The walkers raised more than $236,000, which would be enough to help grant wishes for 40 special children. The main sponsors of the event included:
Child Time and Tutor Time, Detroit Free Press Marathon, Meijer, Inc., Uncle Ed’s Oil Shoppes, U.S. Steel -- Great Lakes Works
Hope Sponsors: Cosi, Hamilton Chevrolet, Kenwal Pickling LLC, Whole Foods Market
Strength Sponsors: Foresters, International Union UAW, University of Michigan Health System.
Overall, we enjoyed a lot as I had gone with my family. The kids enjoyed the Zoo and we were happy to be a part of a cause which could help bring a smile to a child’s face. Organizations like this are doing a lot to help children in Michigan, and I think we should all help and donate generously to support a cause which involves making children happy.
Images courtesy of: www.wishmich.org/southeastmiwalk