Our volunteers



Volunteer – Swiss German region

Friends sometimes ask me whether it’s difficult to be a volunteer for Make A Wish, in there mind it’s a very heavy day, spent with someone who is very sick and the whole day would revolve around that. They couldn’t be any further from the truth. I love my actvities for Make A Wish, whether it’s visiting a child for a home interview or supporting a Wish Day. I am not a doctor, I’m not there to discuss any medical prognoses. Instead, I get to meet these wonderful children and their beautiful resilient families.


Like Mia and her family on the picture above. It was such a joy spending the day with Mia, her mum and her grandmother. Three generations of beautiful strong women. Each sharing their own story with me, stories that are about more than just ‘being sick’. It’s about love and care and support for each other.


The day is all about them, supporting them, getting to know them and their wishes. Each Wish Day is unique and the stories they share are very energizing and helps to put things in perspective. I hope to be able to support with many more house calls or Wish Days and meeting many more beautiful families.

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Volunteer – Romandie

I became a volunteer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation some time after it helped me grant my child’s wish in 2014, which was to go see the four coaches of “The Voice” in Paris. When I got back, I immediately realized how important a wish was for sick children. That’s why I’m working to make sure that more wishes come true and that the good energy from these magical moments can help weather the storm that sick children endure.

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Volunteer – Ticino

Désirée has a long experience in the field of communication as a journalist.

She has always loved children, caring especially for the ones less fortunate. She is happy to bring joy and smiles, working with the Make-A-Wish team, granting their dearest wishes of ill children.



Volunteer – Swiss German regionn

Granting wishes to children is like beeing their fairy goodmother for a day. I believe that dreams and wishes are here to be lived. They give one so much joy and energy – like a magical fuel. It means a lot to me to help creating a special day for children who are in and out of hospitals. Volunteering for make-a-wish is extremely inspiring. One gets to know so many different people and so many different stories. It’s an honour for me to be a part of this organisation.

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Volunteer – Romandie

Working for Make-A-Wish is about helping in my own small way to make the world a little brighter for a child.

I love supporting the Make-A-Wish projects and I am proud to be part of the important work that they do.

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Volunteer – Romandie

The first time I felt the magic of a wish being granted was the day after my daughter’s birth. It was the wish of a 4 year-old girl who had been battling cancer, recovering from surgery and intense chemotherapy. We left at dawn to catch a hot air balloon over the Bernese Oberland. It was a momentous day.

Being a volunteer means we share a moment of happiness with extraordinary families – and to be a part of this, however brief, is truly a privilege.

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Volunteer – Romandie

The joy of giving joy and hope is what volunteering at Make-A-Wish is all about with the added and most significant bonus of a great back-up team.

Thanks for what has been accomplished so far, the motivation, the enriching and learning experiences and for all the projects and wishes to come.



Volunteer – Romandie

I have had the privilege of granting wishes for many years with the amazing team at Make-A-Wish. I very much enjoy being able to contribute to making the wish of each child as magical and as original as possible. Volunteering and giving back is a long-standing tradition in our family and I am a big believer in spreading joy and giving smiles back to brave and extraordinary children.

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Volunteer – Romandie

I have been volunteering with Make a Wish Switzerland since 2019. I cannot imagine how difficult it is when a child is seriously ill (even more so since my daughter was born), and having the possibility to bring joy and hope to these families is why I support MAW.



Volunteer – Romandie

I have been volunteering for Make a Wish for over 10 years and it has allowed me to capture and witness many wishes being granted.
There is always magic in these moments and it is a blessing to be able to contribute or experience these moments with the children and their families.
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Volunteer – Romandie

“Tell me about your wish” seems such a simple thing to ask a child. And yet, as you say it, you light up a child’s face with a smile. And if you take the time to look into that child’s eyes, you can already see them begin to sparkle. That smile and that sparkle will never continue to shine on the child’s face throughout the time of his wish.

Living these moments of pure joy make me proud to be a part of Make-A-Wish.

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Volunteer – Nyon

After participating in the fulfillment of a wish in my workplace, I was touched by the wonderful mission of Make-A. Wish. Seeing this childs eyes light up because his wish was finally coming true, allowing him to forget about treatments for a day was something very touching.

So I decided to regularly give some of my free time to this cause and its a real pleasure to collaborate with the Make-A-Wish team who do an exceptional job!!

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Volunteer – Romandie

Being a volunteer for Make-A-Wish means giving my time to help bring a smile to a child’s face and some magic back into an often difficult reality.

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Volunteer – Romandie

It is very humbling and fulfilling to be part of a team that creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Each wish not only profoundly impacts our children, but also their families and everyone who is touched by the story. I can’t imagine anything more valuable to do with my free time.



Volunteer – Romandie

I recently moved back from Switzerland after living in California for many years. I was part of Make -A-Wish San Diego and being a volunteer for them was one of the best decisions I have ever made. That is why I contacted MAW Switzerland before moving back .Research shows a wish can give kids the strength to fight against and even overcome a critical illness. It is an honor to be able to play a small part in making wishes come true.

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Volunteer – Romandie

Helping children achieve their biggest dreams despite the difficulties they face so early in their lives is a cause so important and so close to my heart. I feel privileged to be part of such a challenging and rewarding mission for volunteers and families.



Volunteer – Swiss German region

I have been volunteering for Make A Wish since 2012. I had seen first hand the incredible work MAW had done based on donations from my employer, and just wanted to get more involved personally. Over the years, I have granted numerous different kinds of wishes, visited children in hospital, and conducted wish catching with the families.

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Volunteer – Swiss German region

Since 2004, I have been working for Make-A-Wish as a German translator and as such, have been responsible for most of the German texts. In this way, I participate in the wishes and I am always so happy when I read the beautiful and moving stories when each wish is granted. Our children are our most precious asset and to give a smile back to a child is the most beautiful thing in the world.


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I believe that volunteering matters, and it is a vital part of our society. It brings people together, creates a sense of community, and helps to improve the lives of others. I have been volunteering since I was 15 years old, for a numerous different organizations and I’m honored to have an opportunity to be part of Make-A-Wish foundation. It’s amazing to be surrounded by a network of so many caring and compassionate individuals, who have come together for a common cause – to give children hope, joy and – most importantly, to make their dreams come true.

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Volunteer – Romandie

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