Make-A-Wish Foundation and Ikea to grant 6-year-old their 800th wish

Six-year-old Dahlia, of Guelph, is going to see her wish come true with a dream bedroom makeover, cour­tesy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southwestern Ontario and Ikea Etobicoke. 

The organizations joined forces on Feb 20 and 21 to create a room any girl would love. Dahlia’s wish will be the 800th granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of South­west­ern Ontario since its inception in 1986.

Dahlia’s favourite colour is pink, her favourite princess is Sleeping Beauty, and her fav­ourite movie is My Little Pony. She loves reading My Little Pet shop books, and eating pasta and popcorn.

When she wished for her special bedroom make­over, she specifically requested bunk beds because she loves sharing a room with her older sister, Rebecca.  

The foundation launched a new partnership with Ikea Canada in September. Ikea stores and their 4,500 co-workers will help the foun­dation grant room makeover wishes to children across Can­ada living with life-threatening medical conditions. Each store will donate in-kind Ikea product to the foundation to create room makeovers in each of the markets Ikea Canada operates

The stores co-workers will offer inspirational home fur­nishing expertise to create the magical room makeovers.

The funding will also be used to purchase product enhance­ments for those children whose wishes fall outside of a room makeover, but require furni­ture. 

Dahlia’s wish will take place at her home, 29 Warren Street in Guelph. Volunteers from the store, along with Dahlia’s volunteer wish grant­or, Mary Schnurr, helped assemble and install the new furnishings for Dahlia’s bed­room.  The new room was revealed to Dahlia and her fam­ily at approximately 5pm on Feb. 21.

The Make-A-Wish Foun­dation of Southwestern Ontario grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.  It serves children in 15 counties in Southwestern Ontario, including Wellington County.

In 2010, the foundation has already granted eight children’s wishes and has 76 wishes in progress, and an additional 31 families are seeking approval from their child’s phy­si­cian to begin the wish process.

To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southwestern Ontario, visit www.swo.­makea­