GameStop Ireland launch partnership with Make-A-Wish
GameStop Ireland & Make-A-Wish have just announced a new partnership and to celebrate the announcement, they’ve granted 10 year old Oliver Hand’s wish of “the whole game console package”. They’ve also announced that GameStop will donate €1 for every FIFA ultimate team jersey sold in-stores and online through 31st December to Make-A-Wish, benefiting children with life-threatening medical conditions in Ireland.
Oliver, who’s from Killiney in Dublin, lives with Aplastic Anaemia and is awaiting a transplant. Oliver wished for ‘the whole game console package’ so he could play games before and after his operation when he will have to spend months post-transplant in isolation.
GameStop also brought over famous UK football free-styler, Jamie McDonald, to meet Oliver who is one of his biggest fans.
Personally, I think this is a fantastic partnership and it’s great to see both companies involved really trying to make a difference for children living with critical illnesses here in Ireland.
You can read the full press release below:
GameStop and Make-A-Wish® announce partnership in Ireland
GameStop stores in Ireland will help grant wishes for children with critical illnesses
Make-A-Wish and GameStop Ireland are excited to announce a new corporate partnership, launching 29th September in five European countries, including Ireland. To kick off this partnership, GameStop will donate €1 for every FIFA ultimate team jersey sold in-stores and online through 31st December, benefitting children with life-threatening medical conditions in Ireland.
To celebrate this auspicious partnership GameStop brought Jamie McDonald, famous football freestyler over from the UK to meet one of his biggest fans, Oliver Hand, aged 10 from Killiney Co. Dublin and grant his wish. Oliver is living with Aplastic Anaemia and is awaiting a transplant. Oliver wished for ‘the whole game console package’ so he could play games before and after his operation when he will have to spend months post-transplant in isolation.
“GameStop has made an incredible impact on the lives of children, families and communities through its support of Make-A-Wish in North America,” said Make-A-Wish International President and CEO, Jon Stettner. He continued, “GameStop’s interest in expanding its support of Make-A-Wish to Europe, demonstrates the commitment both GameStop and Make-A-Wish share in bringing strength and transformation to children with critical illnesses. We couldn’t be more excited and grateful to have GameStop at our side – helping to make more life-changing wishes come true in Europe.”
“GameStop are proud to support the Make-A-Wish foundation and to introduce this partnership in Ireland. We hope that not only will we be able to make the gaming wishes come through for the children of Make-A-Wish, but with this donation on each jersey sold contribute to many other wishes and raise awareness of the great work of the Make-A-Wish foundation”. Thomas Mallon Marketing Manager GameStop Northern Europe.
About GameStop Northern Europe:
GameStop Corp., a Fortune 500 company, is a global family of specialty retail brands that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple. GameStop operates more than 7,500 stores across 14 countries. GameStop Northern Europe operates 191 stores and 5 websites across the Republic of Ireland and Nordic region, with 51 stores based throughout Ireland OR with 33 stores based in Norway OR with 34 stores throughout Denmark.
Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish is the world’s largest wish-granting organization, serving children in more than 50 countries on five continents. With the help of generous donors and more than 40,000 volunteers worldwide, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the world every 17 minutes on average. Since 1980, it has granted more than 415,000 wishes to children around the world. For more information about Make-A-Wish International, visit worldwish.org.