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During the recent National Conference onboard Norwegian Breakaway by CruiseOne and Cruises Inc., the companies raised more than $108,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, surpassing this year's fundraising goal of $70,000. As a result, Make-A-Wish will be able to grant 10 wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
The main objective of Make-A-Wish is to give children who are battling life-threatening medical conditions the opportunity to feel stronger, more energetic and able to deal with their illness. “Giving to others is a fundamental part of many world views and it aligns with our core philosophies,” said Dwain Wall, senior vice president and general manager of CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. “We are very lucky to have chosen a career in leisure vacation planning. Every day we get to help people realize their dreams by making sure their vacations are as special as they can. Vacations are the source of many people’s most cherished memories, so helping to make children’s wishes come true is the perfect fit for CruiseOne and Cruises Inc.”
Agents participated in fundraising activities that included “In the Park after Dark,” an event on the ship’s ropes course one evening; [email protected] – Dance For Wishes, an exhilarating work out and dance party all-in-one; and the “Run Like a Champion, Cruise Like a Norwegian” marathon at sea, where World Travel Holdings Business Development Director Sean Tolkin ran a marathon and was joined by different employees and agents during each mile.
Agents who were unable to attend were still able to support Make-A-Wish by making online donations through the fundraising websites for “[email protected] – Dance For Wishes” and “Run Like a Champion, Cruise like a Norwegian” marathon. There also were prize drawings and silent auctions with noteworthy prizes such as cruises, iPads, wine and more.
“We are thrilled with the results of this year’s conference,” said David Williams, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “The generosity of companies like CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. will help us continue moving closer to our vision of making every eligible child’s wish come true.”