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Guam - Make-A-Wish Guam and United Airlines teamed up Monday to celebrate World Wish Day with a mileage drive.
The United City Ticket Office was the home of the event where the island community was encouraged through Newstalk K-57 and other Make-A-Wish partners to be part of the wish granting movement.
Executive Director Victor Camacho says they are asking people to donate airline miles to fund airline tickets for wishes that involve travel. In fact, he mentions 7 wish kids and their families are planning to travel this summer.
“We set the goal at 2 million miles,” said Camacho. “It's very lofty. We understand it's difficult. Not a lot of people have a lot of miles. But if everybody gives a little bit of miles, we'll get that. The purpose is just to get our wish families out on their trips. So we're looking at about 30 tickets to purchase this summer through Make-A-Wish.”
United Sales Director Quentin Koch notes although transfer fees to donate miles are waived for today [Monday] only, there are still other ways to donate. Both say all donated miles will stay locally to help children on Guam and the CNMI.
“We've done similar drives in the past, but this is the first time we've done an entire day event,” said Koch. “And we've gotten close to a million miles. But this year, we're really working hard and asking our generous community to come out and support us. We really need to make that two million mile goal.”
Just before 6 p.m., Koch confirmed to PNC that they exceeded their 2 million mile goal by 2,243 more miles.
As part of Make-A-Wish Guam’s 25th anniversary celebration, Camacho also says they are planning a special gala for August. He adds they will be bringing in one of the founders of the organization for the event.