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Eurail Joins Make-A-Wish® In Granting Wishes for Children Across the Globe

June 17, 2019 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

Make-A-Wish® – the global organisation that creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses – announced a new partnership with Eurail, the popular rail pass providing multi-destination train travel across Europe.

Now through to July 16 2019, Eurail will donate 15 euros – approximately $24.50 AUD – of every Eurail Global Pass sold to Make-A-Wish and Doctors Without Borders. When purchasing a Eurail Global Pass, travellers will also receive a 5 percent discount on their purchase.

“We are thrilled by the generosity of Eurail as our newest global corporate supporter,” said Michel Rudolphie, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish International. “Make-A-Wish is an organisation aiming to make a global impact, and our partnerships with companies like Eurail are essential to ensuring every eligible child has the opportunity to replace fear with confidence, sadness with joy and anxiety with hope.”

This year, the partnership between Eurail and Make-A-Wish will enable 25 life-changing wishes for children battling critical illnesses around the world. Wishes for kids like Reagan, whose wish to go to Paris was granted in 2017. After being diagnosed with cancer, becoming paralysed from the waist down and relearning how to walk, Reagan was able to be a kid again during her wish. Reagan and her family spent a week exploring the streets of Paris, alongside a day-trip, by train, to London. Years later, Reagan and her family reflect daily on the power of her wish – a wish that changed their lives. “Every day was special in so many ways. Watching Reagan with her siblings, walking, laughing – being a normal kid,” Reagan’s mum said. “We still talk about the trip. We are forever grateful.”

“Beginning today, travellers have the opportunity to change the lives of wish kids around the world, many of whom choose to explore somewhere new as part of their wish,” said Richard K. Davis, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “With approximately 77 percent of wishes granted in the U.S. and more than 40 percent of wishes outside the U.S. involving travel, I have no doubt that some of our wish kids have a thing or two in common with Eurail customers – and may even be sitting across the aisle with their own pass.”

Explorers can transform lives by purchasing a Eurail Global Pass, giving travellers access to rail networks in 31 European countries. Agents can book Passes up to 11 months in advance via their preferred Eurail distributor.

“At Eurail, we strive to make sustainable travel in Europe possible for everyone. We are thrilled and honoured to be able to help Make-A-Wish grant wishes for children around the world, and we are sure that our global community of travellers will be equally happy to know that with their travels with Eurail they can contribute to making a difference to the lives of wish children and their families,” said Carlo Boselli, General Manager of Eurail.

Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted nearly 480,000 wishes for children with critical illnesses, across more than 50 countries around the world. To learn more about how to join Eurail and others in making life-changing wishes possible, visit wish.org.

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