The Vantage Fuels Bowser Bean network of service stations have been delivering more than fuel and fabulous coffee for local communities, they have been fuelling wishes.  2022 marked a decade long partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and a record $13,400 donation following its annual fundraising initiative.

Thursday 19th May was World Wish Day.  Each year, to celebrate World Wish Day, all 26 of the Bowser Bean and Vantage Fuels sties across regional Victoria and New South Wales with the drawing of a raffle as the culmination of a week of focus on the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a charitable organisation that fulfil wishes of critically ill children from 2.5y to 18y, giving these children and their families bright shining experiences and memories that have nothing to do with their day to day struggles with illness.

In the week leading up to World Wish Day the Vantage Fuels Bowser Bean sites sold raffle tickets.  This year the network sold over 5,987 raffle tickets, raising $10,944.  The full value of the raffle tickets was donated to Make-A-Wish with the extensive prize pool donated by local businesses and Vantage’s engaged suppliers.

Schweppes, Coca Cola, Pepsi, Frucor Suntory, BP Australia, VIVA Energy Australia, Cadbury, Moka Foods, Metcash, Beraldo Coffee, Red Bull and Smiths all came together to provide and fund the prize pool that included; supercar hotlaps, Delonghi LaSpecalista Coffee Maching, tickets to the Sandown Supercars, Snowboard, iPad as well as food, coffee and fuel vouchers.  The generous donations and support of these suppliers allowed for every cent of ticket sales to be directly contributed to the Make-A-Wish foundation.

On World Wish Day Vantage Fuels Bowser Bean also donated $1 from every coffee sold to Make-A-Wish, raising an additional $2,934.

“Our baristas were pumping out delicious coffees all day.  Our crew should all be immensely proud of their efforts towards Make-A-Wish Australia” beamed Haydn Tierney, Managing Director.

As has become tradition staff were encouraged to dress up for World Wish Day, with this years theme being ‘I wish I was a…’  The results were creative and competitive across the sites and were a delight to customers.

“The Bowser Bean and Vantage teams really love supporting such a wonderful foundation, each and every year they fully get behind this event and bring such enthusiasm to the activities.  It is a testament to our team that they go above and beyond to play their part for ill children.  Even more than that, it is fantastic to see our customers join in the support for Make-A-Wish” Mr Tierney added.

Vantage Fuels Bowser Bean sites continue to raise funds for Make-A-Wish throughout the year, but this one day is the flagship fundraiser and it was a bumper.

Elisha Radwanowski BCom(HRM&IR)