Yokohama Makes Wishes Come True

Today marks Wish Day, the annual national fundraising and awareness day for Make-A-Wish Australia, to celebrate the occasion Yokohama Tyre Australia has announced how they will be contributing to the Foundation in 2008.By granting wishes and donating prizes, Yokohama will be brightening the lives of two terminally ill children, not to mention raising much needed funds for the Foundation.

“We’re thrilled to do what we can to help those children and contribute to such a great cause” explained Richard Blereau the Western Australian Business Development Executive for Yokohama

Established in 1985, Make-A-Wish Australia is a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring joy to children and young people with a life-threatening illness.

“By granting a wish, we are able to bring a little bit of magic into the lives of children who, due to their illness, may be missing out on everyday school, sporting and entertainment activities” said Robyn Thorpe of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. “Make-A-Wish Australia is grateful for the contributions of its community supporters - without their assistance, the Wishes of children would remain mere hopes and dreams.”

Two children suffering terminal illnesses will be (accompanied by their parents) attending Round Three of the Yokohama V8 Ute Racing Series at Barbagallo in Perth from May 9 – 11. In addition to wish granting, Yokohama has also donated three hot laps in a V8 Racing Ute. The hot laps are up for auction leading up to Round Three with all proceeds going to the Foundation.

“Thanks to our relationship with the V8 Utes we can offer a front row seat to exciting motor racing, not to mention driver meet and greet opportunities which combined can make a pretty special experience for young race fans” said Blereau.