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Well wishers get so committed to helping the Make-A-Wish mission that it becomes part of their identity. From professional skaters to custom motorcycle builders, people of all backgrounds continue helping the foundation share the power of a wish

Arjun Kapoor at a fundraiser event

ArjunKapoorBollywood actor, Touting to be the next heartthrob of the nation, the intense star Arjun Kapoor has been encouraging towards many social causes. And recently, the actor has extended his support towards a fundraiser organized by Make A Wish Foundation of India.

Board members of this foundation namely Sangita Jindal and Neerja Birla will be hosting a fundraiser event titled Wish A Teddy at a plush hotel in Mumbai on April 26 evening in a bid to collect donations from patrons for underprivileged children. Arjun,who will be seen at the event, revealed that, this is an honour and that he will surely attempt from his side to spread happiness amongst kids.

Rahul's day out with the Indian Cricket Team

to_meet_img2_indianTeamSaturday morning, everyone was waiting for the India-Australia match to start. The venue of the match was Kotla grounds in Delhi. Rahul Singh wanted to meet his favorite cricket stars Sehwag and Yuvraj. Rahul is a 9-year-old boy from Bihar, who was under treatment for cancer at the Army Hospital in Delhi. He had shared his most cherished wish with the volunteers of Delhi division. Since then he had been extremely hopeful to meet the cricket duo. October 31, 2009 turned out to be his lucky day. While everyone was sitting in front of their TV set to catch a glimpse of the cricket stars, Rahul had gone to the Taj Palace hotel to meet them in person. He was anxiously waiting for one of his biggest moments in life in the coffee shop of the hotel with his father and few volunteers.

Ashish Nehra was also there with them having his breakfast. As soon as he finished eating, they moved to the third floor to meet Sehwag and Yuvraj. Ashish knocked on one of the doors and Rahul was greeted by none other than Virender Sehwag. Rahul could not believe his eyes as this has only been part of his dreams up till now. He happily shook hands with Sehwag and asked for his autograph and got a photograph with him too. Rahul also gave Sehwag a small gift and a card that he had brought along. Then they moved to another room and the charming Yuvraj Singh graciously welcomed Rahul. Rahul told Yuvraj how much he liked him and he also said that “aap bohot handsome lagte ho” (you look very handsome), to which Yuvraj replied “aap bhi bohot ache dikhte ho” (you too look very good). Rahul gave him a gift and a card. He was so happy that he could barely find words to thank Yuvraj. Then they met Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin was very kind and gifted one of his new caps (which had his own logo) to Rahul. Then they spoke with Harbhajan and Raina and a few others. Rahul took autographs from all and took photographs with them. He did not want to leave the place, but finally wished good luck to all his stars for their match against Australia. With autographs, photographs and all the fond memories of meeting his favorite cricket stars Rahul and his father thanked the foundation team and departed happily.

I wish to meet Shahid Kapoor

to_meet_img3_sahidShreya Soni is a 7 years old cute little girl from the City of Joy (Kolkata) where she stays with her parents and siblings. She is child full of life and energy. Her hobbies include drawing and playing indoor games. She loves watching cartoons and her favorite cartoon character is Shin Chan. When our volunteers met her to identify her most cherished wish, she only had one wish i.e.-to meet Mr. Shahid Kapoor( Hindi film actor). When the National Office contacted Mr. Kapoor, he instantly agreed to fulfill Shreya’s wish by meeting her. The date was decided, time was fixed and Shreya was on cloud nine as she was meeting her favorite star.Mr Kapoor turned no stone unturned to make this wish a special one. He got all details about the child’s likes, friends, hobbies etc., Finally on 21st February 2010 Shreya met her favorite star. She was presented with a huge soft toy and a basket full of goodies by Mr. Kapoor. She told him about her favorite movies and songs.

Her siblings wanted to talk to Mr. Kapoor over the phone as they were in Kolkata and this request of hers was also fulfilled by him when he talked with both her siblings. It was truly one of the happiest moments of Shreyas’s life and we thank Mr. Shahid Kapoor for coming forward and making her wish come true.

When the Little Master was bowled over

to_meet_img_SachinLoved by millions across the world, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar continues to be a true role model both on and off the field. When the foundation team approached the little master requesting him to grant the wish of Varun Sudhir Kumar, a 15-year-old child he instantly agreed. The morning of 4th May was a special day in the life of our wish child. After all he was granted his wish of meeting his idol Sachin Tendulkar! Mr. Tendulkar invited Varun to his residence and patiently answered all the questions that the youngster had. Impressed by his knowledge, he later tweeted, “Even adults haven’t asked me such insightful questions. He is one of the brightest kids I have ever met. I pray for his speedy recovery.” We hope that this wonderful experience plays long innings in Varun’s life!