Make A Wish ‘Kids for Wish Kids’ Schools Entrepreneurship Awards

Make-A-Wish Kids for Wish Kids Schools Entrepreneurship Awards 2016/17
NO REPRO FEE Norah Casey and Make-A-Wish CEO, Susan O’Dwyer with students of St. Mary's College, Dundalk with a Make-A-Wish ‘Kids for Wish Kids’ award for excellence in ‘Marketing and Communications’ for their UPCYCLE Trade Fair fundraiser. Picture: Kinlan Photography

The Kids for Wish Kids Schools Entrepreneurship Awards, sponsored by Intertrust, is designed to encourage students to develop their entrepreneurial skills, build their confidence and create a greater level of social enterprise. Students can take part by developing a mini-company, running an event or taking part in a challenge; and their project can involve an individual or group effort.

From now until 21st December 2016, the ‘Kids for Wish Kids’ Schools Entrepreneurship Awards 2016/17 offers secondary school students nationwide the opportunity to organise an individual or group project to develop their entrepreneurial and creative skills, while also helping Make-A-Wish grant special wishes to children in Ireland battling life-threatening medical conditions such as Cancer, Leukaemia and Cystic Fibrosis.

Now in its third year, their panel of well-known experts; Entrepreneur, Broadcaster and Publisher Norah Casey; Director of Marketing at Peter Mark, Jenny McDermott; Principal Consultant at Prizeman Consulting, Gerry Prizeman; and PRO at National Parents Council Post Primary Lynda O’Shea; will judge entrants on:

• Creativity / Entrepreneurship
• Marketing /Communications
• Commerciality
• Fund Raised

The projects can be as creative as they like e.g. develop a mini-company, run an event, take part in a challenge.

The judges will present a ‘Kids for Wish Kids’ award to the winners at an awards ceremony in Dublin in February 2017. As part of the prize, students will receive professional references from the judges to go on their CV and their school will receive recognition through local and national PR.

If you know of any schools interested in their Kids for Wish Kids Schools Entrepreneurship Awards 2014, please contact, or visit for further details

2016/17 Awards

Timeline & Application process:

1) Register here – the project can be carried out anytime from now until Monday 19th December 2016
2) Make-A-Wish will send you an application form that must be included with the completed outline of the project entry
3) Entries will be submitted to by Wednesday 21st December
4) Entries will be then sent to our panel of judges and the winners will be invited to an exclusive awards ceremony in Dublin in February 2017. Part of the prize will be the prestigious Kids for Wish Kids Award for the school and professional references for the students to go on their future CV’s!

Entrants will be judged on:

a) Creativity / Entrepreneurship
b) Marketing / Communications
c) Commerciality
d) Funds Raised

Fundraising Ideas:

Get Creative – Use your skill or talent to drum up ways to fundraise.

Get Physical – Ever wanted to take part in a fitness challenge? You could take part in a marathon, organise a walk, or even set a Guinness World Record attempt. list world records that have been attempted so why not see if there is one you can break?

Get Smart – Organise tutorials or cookery classes, or even invite guest speakers on topics of interest.

Get Arty – Design and sell a product in your local community or school. This can be anything from jewellery, personalised t-shirts, CD’s or the latest craze.

For further details, contact Mary Quille, School Fundraising Officer at or call the office on 01 205 2012.