December 1, 2016

Australian Federal Police (AFP) joined forces with the Make-A-Wish foundation to grant an unusual request from a 12-year-old cancer patient.

The AFP organised a day at a training village so the young boy could “blow stuff up”.

Declan, who is in remission from leukaemia, spent the day with the AFP’s Specialist Response Group at its Majura headquarters in Canberra, reports ABC.

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He was put through his paces in several police scenarios, and given the chance to detonate explosive charges in training exercises.

Sergeant Peter Murphy said Declan had a potential future in breaching and demolitions.

“He’s got an aptitude,” he said.

“He was pretty excited about it but I think the family got a bit of a kick out of it too.”

Declan travelled to the ACT from near Sydney after Make-A-Wish organised the trip, which also included a meeting at Parliament House with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove.

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Make-A-Wish Australia was founded in 1985, and is now in its 30th year. They have granted over 8,000 wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.

Make-A-Wish wishes gives very sick children and teenagers hope for the future, strength to face the challenges of their illness, and joy from their incredible wish experience. For more information visit https://www.makeawish.org.au/.

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  • What an awesome wish. I would love to blow stuff up! The Make A Wish foundation sure do go above and beyond for sick kids

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  • Thats a great wish and I am sure he had a lot of fun doing it.

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  • Well done to Make a Wish Foundation and the Australian Federal Police.
    They have training courses and practise skills so no resources would have been wasted. I’m glad Declan was able to meet the people on his wish list at the same time. Hopefully Declan will be in remission for a long time and enjoy good quality of life.

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  • Different but would had been so exciting to do and for his family to see.

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  • What a very special wish for a very special boy. Wonderful to hear!! :-)

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  • How special Australian Federal Police (AFP) joined forces with the Make-A-Wish foundation to grant this unusual request ! I bet they made his day and stimulated a positive spirit !

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  • That is really cool of the federal police. How excited must that little boy have been! xx

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  • I bet he watches Mythbusters !

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  • That’s pretty cool, something different from other wishes that are normally the same.. This one is definitely out of the comfort zone. Wish him all the luck and recovery

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  • Lucky kid. Now let’s hope this doesn’t ecourage the wrong vocation.

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