Amsterdam, Brussels, Lisbon and Paris, 29 April 2013 – For the third consecutive year, NYSE Euronext (NYX) will be highlighting World Wish Day with Bell ringings across its European market. Joined by executives from Make-A-Wish® affiliates, the Exchange will be opening and closing its European markets to build awareness of Make-A-Wish Foundation® International, which is the largest wish-granting organization for children with a life-threatening medical conditions.
At NYSE Euronext in Paris, representatives of Make-a-Wish France and Amelle, a 12-year-old girl came to the exchange to ring the Closing Bell. Her wish was to meet the band "One Direction" in Paris.
NYSE Euronext European Bell ringing also included:
- In Lisbon, Mariana Tavares, Executive Director of Make-A-Wish® Portugal, and children Júlia, Leandro, and Edson rang the Bell, joined by Isabel Ucha, Director of Corporate Responsibility for Europe, NYSE Euronext. In Portugal, NYSE Euronext has granted the wish of 12-year-old Sara (who wished for a room with a bed and a makeup table); and 10-year-old Beatriz (who wished for a computer)
- In Brussels, Carine Cappelle, Board Director PR & Marketing accompanied by Florent Standaert, Advisory Board Member will rang the bell with Marie-Puck – a 13-year-old girl who wished for a whole day long shopping with her nieces. Also in Amsterdam, Make-A-Wish Foundation sounded the gong to mark the World Wish Day.
About Make-A-Wish Foundation® International
The mission of Make-A-Wish International is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
It is the largest wish-granting organization in the world and can be found in over 35 countries on five continents.
Make-A-Wish Foundation® International serves children outside the United States while the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America serves children within the United States.
Both organizations have granted more than 300,000 wishes around the world since its inception in 1980, giving children hope, strength and joy. For more information about Make-A-Wish Foundation® International, please visit www.worldwish.org.
About World Wish Day
World Wish Day, 29 April, is a global celebration of wish-granting.
It celebrates the day Chris Greicius received his wish to be a police officer for the day, inspiring the creation of Make-A-Wish® and the organization's global wish-granting movement.
Since Chris' wish in 1980, more than 300,000 children around the world have had their fondest wishes fulfilled by Make-A-Wish.
Every 23 minutes, Make-A-Wish grants the wish of a child with a life-threatening medical condition somewhere in the world.