Staff at Grill’d Kawana go back to their childhood days

KawanaQueenslandSunshine Coast
  • Local Matters

Through Local Matters, Grill’d Kawana worked closely with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help make wishes come true for children battling life-threatening medical conditions by celebrating Wear What You Wish day.

The 29th of April saw the staff of Grill’d Kawana ditch the checked shirt and red bandana. Instead, the restaurant was laced with fairies and superheroes for ‘Wear What You Wish’ day.

Make-A-Wish Australia gives kids the opportunity to enter a world of dress-up and make believe through their fundraising campaign ‘Wear What You Wish’ day, and from Local Matters Grill’d Kawana were lucky enough to participate. Make-A-Wish grants wishes to children aged between three and 18, who have been diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. These children are plagued with conditions such as jaundice, leukaemia and lymphoma.


The Kawana staff who participated in ‘Wear What You Wish’ day personally donated $125 to the organisation. While the ten passionate volunteers who stood outside the restaurant facilitated a raffle and were able to raise $350. Additionally, during the month of May Make-A-Wish Sunshine Coast participated in the Local Matters program and received a further $300. This contribution of $775 was dispersed to help fund the wishes of the eleven children who have been diagnosed with debilitating medical conditions along the Sunshine Coast.  

On the day our mismatched staff provoked intrigue as Grill’d goers quizzically entered. The aroma of the Big Queenslander and 'Simon Says' was now partnered with conversation about the goodwill of the Sunshine Coast’s Make-A-Wish Australia. The wishes granted by the organisation include camel riding in Broome, playing in the snow with huskies and becoming a police officer for a day. Colleen, a representative from the organisation praised the combined efforts of the staff at Kawana and the Make-A-Wish volunteers as ‘fantastic’. We are looking forward to strengthening the partnership with Make-A-Wish Sunshine Coast, and playing genie again soon.

Don’t forget to pop into your local Grill’d restaurant to support groups similar to Make-A-Wish foundation on the Local Matters jars this month.

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