Little boy’s gliding wish comes true

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A young American boy with leukaemia has been granted his wish to go gliding in Omarama this weekend.

After he became sick, Gavin, 11, from Vermont, made an application through Make-A-Wish to go soaring in Omarama.

Gavin has been holidaying around New Zealand with his family as part of the wish, and will be flying with Glide Omarama today and tomorrow.

Glide Omarama managing director Gavin Wills said it was really nice to be able to help make Gavin’s wish come true.

Gavin had wanted to glide ever since he saw information on gliding in Omarama a few years ago, Mr Wills said.

“It is a real privilege, especially from a young man in America who learned about gliding from Omarama.”

He wanted to do it so much that he had taken some lessons in America, Mr Wills said.

He was looking forward to being able to tell Gavin that his name meant hawk in Celtic, Mr Wills said.

Make-A-Wish fundraising and marketing manager Annabel Lush said doing this sort of thing was what the organisation was all about.

The families do not have to worry about financing any of it; they can have a wonderful break, she said.

“We’ve never had anyone who said, ‘I really want to go gliding’.”

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children aged 3-17 with life-threatening medical conditions.

Visit www.makeawish.org.nz for more information on the organisation.

By RUBY HARFIELD