“I wish to be a zookeeper”

Elise is a brave young girl living with retinoblastoma, which occurs when nerve cells in the retina develop genetic mutations.

It was very evident to the Make-A-Wish Singapore team that Elise has a big love for animals, so it was no surprise that her wish was ‘to be a zookeeper’!

Before her wish day, Elise went to her local animal shelter where she had the chance to bring some dogs for a walk! She was especially interested in the way the animals were cared for in the shelter, and she had such a good time that she didn’t want the visit to end.

Elise’s wish day started off with a picnic with her family at ‘Elephants of Asia’ in Singapore Zoo. After filling her tummy with pizza, cupcakes and milo, it was time for her to visit the animals! 

Her wish day ended with a lovely cosy dinner at the Ocean Restaurant, where they had some marine animals. They surprised her with a two-tiered cake, decorated with all her favourite animals! When Elise speaks about her wish day, she gleams with happiness!

When a wish is granted, it does more than bring joy to the wish child.

For wish kids like Elise, a wish provides them with strength to battle through darkness, and uplift their families and the community around them.

A wish begins with hope. Hope begins with you.

Jessica Curran
Jessica Curran

Jessica Curran is Digital Marketing Manager at Make-A-Wish International, having joined the organisation in 2020 after 2.5 years at Make-A-Wish Ireland. Jessica is responsible for planning and executing social media content across all major platforms. Additionally, she oversees Make-A-Wish International’s external website, ensuring its effectiveness and alignment with our mission.