The Star Mart Wish Drive held in November last year raised $513,582 for children’s charity Make-A-Wish Australia.
Caltex Star Mart customers, suppliers and employees from all around Australia came together for the highly successful campaign, raising much-needed funds to help make the wishes of seriously ill children and teenagers come true.
With the support of celebrity ambassadors such as V8 racing driver Craig Lowndes and media personality ‘Baby’ John Burgess, more than 600 Star Mart stores around Australia united to raise the funds through on-site barbecues, shaking tins, washing windscreens and old-fashioned driveway service.
Caltex Australia General Manager Consumer Sales, Leo Pucar, praised the generosity of all who contributed to the fundraising effort, which surpassed the results of the 2013 and 2014 Wish Drives.
“The work that Make-A-Wish does is incredibly powerful,” he said. “We hope the funds raised through the Star Mart Wish Drive go a long way towards giving hope, strength and joy to hundreds of children around Australia when they need it the most.”
Make-A-Wish was thrilled with the outcome of the Wish Drive, says CEO Gerard Menses.
“To raise over half-a-million dollars is a truly incredible effort, and we are sincerely grateful to all of the Caltex Star Mart customers who came out to support the Wish Drive, and also to the staff at those 600 stores who took part,” he said.
“As an organisation funded solely by donations, Make-A-Wish relies on the generosity and support of partners like Caltex Australia. These funds will help us make even more life-changing wishes come true for very sick kids and teenagers all over the country.”