Gladstone fairy helps make sick kids' dreams come true
ALANA McMullen is making Gladstone's sick kids' dreams come true, one dose of fairy dust at a time.
Armed with a magic wand, Tink, as she is affectionately known, has already kicked off her wish-granting services in Gladstone.
Since moving to town late last year the 37-year-old has already granted wishes through her not-for-profit organisation Tink's Wish List.
The first person she helped was 15-year-old Taylor Christiansen.
After being diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at an early age, Taylor has also suffered bouts of kidney and heart problems.
Last year Tink awarded the Christiansen family a trip to the Gold Coast with passes to all the theme parks and accommodation included.
"I didn't expect it to be organised so quickly. In two to three weeks everything was set in stone," Alana said.
"I want to thank those who have supported us."
Unlike the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Alana does not receive donations but instead relies on the generosity of other organisations for assistance.
"One day I would like to see this take off like Make-A-Wish," Alana said.
Although most organisations Alana approached were supportive, some were unable to help.
"Most people have been so supportive of the idea; they have been wonderful," Alana said.
Alana has also worked for the Cancer Council, Guide Dogs Australia and Braveheart charity organisations in the past.
Holiday just the ticket for this family
AFTER being diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at an early age, the last thing Taylor Christiansen and his family needed was more bad news.
"Taylor's kidney function is failing," mother Tash Christiansen said.
"We don't know what the outcome will be."
This comes on top of a lifetime of heart and leg problems.
So when Alana McMullen from Tink's Wish List came to Tash with an offer of relief, she couldn't say no.
"I don't think I could thank her enough," the mother of three said.
"I'm very blessed to have met someone like her. She is beautiful on the inside and out."
Last December, Alana approached the Christiansens with the offer of a family holiday to the Gold Coast.
The family couldn't refuse. In April, Tash and hubby Grant, with kids Taylor, 15, Ashton, 8, and Bailey, 2, will visit Sea World, Movie World and Dreamworld.
"It doesn't matter whether you're 20 years old or 36 years old, seeing your child suffer like that still makes you feel helpless," Tash said.
Tink's Wish List
- A not-for-profit organisation.
- Helping children with long-term and terminal illnesses.
- Offers life-changing experiences.
- Does not accept financial donations like Make-A-Wish Foundation.