Mean theft of children’s charity box leads to outpouring of generosity

Shane Coleman Make a Wish visitor and trainer.

THE mean theft of a charity box in Coalisland at the weekend has led to more than £300 being raised to help make the dreams of children fighting life-threatening conditions come true.
The ‘Make a Wish Foundation’ box which contained no more than £20 was stolen from a licensed premises in the town and disregarded nearby with the money removed.
However local man Brian Corey who found the empty box, set up a ‘Just Giving Page’ on social media and donations rolled in.
It has already raised £310 with a target of £500.
Make-A-Wish UK grants magical wishes to enrich the lives of children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.
Shane Coleman from Ardboe is a Make a Wish visitor and trainer.
He has been involved with the charity for 11 years and visits sick children in their homes and in hospital to discover the child’s wish and work with the charity to make it come true.
“At first I found it emotionally difficult but my job is to bring happiness and cheer things up not to be emotional.
“It is to get the ball rolling to create lasting memories of hope and joy at a time children and their families need it,” said Shane.
“The wishes include holidays in Disneyland, to swim with dolphins and meet celebrities such as wrestlers and pop stars or sport stars.
“They can range from zero cost to over £10,000 but we do all we can to make them come true.”
Shane is keen to focus on the positive story rather than the meanness of the crime that led to the Just Giving page being set up.
He added, “I don’t know whether to despise the person who stole the box or feel sorry for him.
“When you resort to stealing a children’s charity box, you don’t have much going for you.
“Brian putting up the page and the donations show their there is much more good in society than bad.
“We don’t want to focus on the negative.
“We have got ten times more than was likely in the box.

“Every cloud has a silver lining.”

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