Hong Kong, 29 April 2019 – In conjunction with the 25th Anniversary of Genting Cruise Lines and also in recognition of World Wish Day® on 29 April – an annual day that celebrates the granting of life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses – Genting Cruise Lines is pleased to announce its year-long collaboration and commitment to Make-A-Wish® International with the launch of the Make-A-Wish® @ Sea fund-raising campaign across its Dream Cruises and Star Cruises fleet in the region.
As part of the Make-A-Wish® @ Sea campaign, Genting Cruise Lines donated US$125,000 worth of cabins to Make-A-Wish® International to be used for their various fund-raising initiatives in support of the granting of wishes for children battling critical illnesses and undergoing medical treatments in Asia.
Guests cruising on board any of Dream Cruises’ and Star Cruises’ ships can take part in the Make-A-Wish® @ Sea initiative by making a donation while on their cruise holiday. Cruising guests can donate quickly and easily by scanning designated QR codes available on board each ship and a small fixed amount will be included in their bill for settlement upon check out. Alternatively, on board guests can also make cash contributions via donation boxes that will be readily available on every ship.
“On behalf of Genting Cruise Lines, we are deeply honored to have this opportunity to embark on this meaningful year-long journey with Make-A-Wish® International. We are lending our support with our Dream Cruises and Star Cruises ships and crew to help raise funds, so that more wishes can be fulfilled for these remarkably brave children battling critical illnesses,” said Mr. Kent Zhu, President of Genting Cruise Lines. “Together with Make-A-Wish® International, we will continue to work hand-in-hand in creating more awareness for the Make-A-Wish® @ Sea campaign to stimulate guest participation and support.”
In honor of World Wish Day® in the month of April and in the spirit on granting wishes, Genting Cruise Lines also had the privilege to be part of a Wish Child’s dream to take a cruise vacation with his family. Aqil Naufal bin Zulkipli, a 6-year-old boy from Malaysia, diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, had the chance to experience a 3-Night Phuket / Penang round-trip cruise vacation with Star Cruises on board SuperStar Gemini, which departed from Port Klang on 19 April. While on the cruise, Naufal, together with his three siblings and parents, enjoyed the cruise vacation with a special tour of the bridge and the chance to meet Captain Jörgen Holmberg, Master of SuperStar Gemini.
“This collaboration with Genting Cruise Lines will not only help us put smiles and bring hope to our wish children in Asia, it also enables us to fulfill more wishes for children with critical illnesses in the region from the funds raised,” says Mr Michel Rudolphie, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish® International.
“Join Genting Cruise Lines and Make-A-Wish® International, as we celebrate the hundreds of thousands of life-changing wishes that have been granted and the thousands still to come. With your kind support and donation to the Make-A-Wish® @ Sea campaign on board Dream Cruises and Star Cruises’ ships across Asia, together, we can make a difference,” added Mr. Kent Zhu.
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