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Witches and wizards wanted for wishes

CALLING all witches and wizards. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is inviting all to dust off their hats, capes and brooms this Halloween to take part in a fun run.

Over 1,000 people are expected to attend the costumed event which takes place on Saturday October 25 in the Phoenix Park.

The event was launched yesterday by Make-A-Wish Ambassador, Harry Potter star Devon Murray, who famously played Seamus Finnigan, the Hogwarts student who had a habit of causing unintended explosions while performing his spells.

Suitably attired in a black cloak, the 25-year-old actor from Kildare was joined by fellow ambassador and TV3 presenter Lucy Kennedy and one of the charity's wish makers Rhys Kane.

Both will be taking part in the 5km run, and there's also a shorter 2.5km option for children wishing to take part.

"This is a fun day out for the whole family and a great opportunity for people to show off their Hallowe'en costumes," said Susan O'Dwyer, chief executive of Make-A-Wish Ireland.

Commenting on the vital importance of public funding for the organisation, which receives no governmental assistance, Ms O'Dwyer added: "We have too many children waiting for their wish to be granted and we urgently need to raise funds to allow us to grant them. So we hope the event is a great success"

Since its inception in 1992, Make-A-Wish in Ireland has helped grant magical wishes to children aged three to 17 who are battling life-threatening medical conditions such as cancer, cystic fibrosis, heart disease, and cerebral palsy.

In its 22-year history the organisation has granted wishes for over 1,600 children, however currently there is a waiting list of 180 more.