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MWH New Zealand Limited Bike Wise team grant wish
MWH New Zealand Limited rallied together to win first place in the 500+ people category for the 2012 Bike Wise Challenge. One hundred and sixty-five staff members completed 1437 rides and cycled 18641kilometres during February - the equivalent of cycling from Bluff to Cape Reinga nine times!
As winners of their category, the organisation was awarded a certificate and morning tea voucher for the staff that competed in the Challenge; however, Kasey Helford (team coordinator) made an executive decision that the voucher could be donated to another worthy cause. MWH New Zealand Limited has donated a $250 Avanti voucher to the Make a Wish Foundation so a little girl called Starr can have her wish come true.
Starr is five years old and has Marfan Syndrome. She is one of three siblings all of whom have the disease and are all in the process of receiving a wish. Marfan Syndrome is a relatively rare condition, especially in New Zealand, with only 12 known cases in the country – three of which are Starr and her two sisters. They lost their mother last year and their grandfather a few years earlier, both to the same disease. They are now cared for by their lovely grandmother, Aroha.
Starr loves to ride her bike but her condition has caused her limbs to grow at a faster rate than other children her age, so she has outgrown her current bike. Starr has wished for a brand new bike (pink of course) with a bell. She would like a matching pink helmet too!
As part of every wish granted, Make a Wish always aim to add a little bit of magic and sparkle so in Starr’s case they hope to also surprise her with her very own fairy dress…she loves all things to do with fairies!
Congratulations to MWH New Zealand Limited for their awesome effort during the 2012 Bike Wise Challenge, and also for their generous donation to help a young New Zealand girl have her dreams come true.