Wish4Fish is a registered charitable trust that was established in 2011 by Bryce Dinneen. The purpose of our charity is to provide individuals with a physical or mental disability, an illness or financial hardship, access and opportunity to enjoy the freedom and pleasure of our ocean waters. We use fishing as the prime vehicle to achieve this goal, an approach unique to Wish4Fish.
Who Are We?
Bryce is the driving force behind the Trust’s formation. While socialising with friends in 2007, Bryce suffered a high-level spinal injury, severely damaging his spinal cord, from a shallow water diving accident. During his rehabilitation, Bryce considered the thought of never being able to fish again and wondered what if he could design and build a boat that would allow individuals with a disability or illness to get out on the water and go fishing? How would this opportunity enhance the lives of those people and their families who would not be able to do this otherwise?
It was at this very point in 2007 that the ‘Wish4Fish’ dream was born. Although now with only 4% function and his own mountains to climb every day, it is Bryce’s and the Wish4Fish team’s ongoing commitment to making a positive impact, that has brought us to the point we find ourselves at today.
The positive difference our charity charters have in our participants lives is very humbling. Fishing and boating provide the ideal platform to help create camaraderie, excitement and normality to name just a few of the positive outcomes. Working with a few suitable charter operators, on average Wish4Fish facilitate fishing trips for around 100 participants every year! We continue to strive to increase these numbers. We now extend our services to include any individual or group with a genuine need. Wish4Fish is an organisation operated by a close community of volunteers to benefit the whole of Aotearoa.
Why is Wish4Fish Important?
Fishing and boating are some of New Zealand’s most popular recreational activities, which those with physical and mental disabilities are currently not being catered for. Our country has some of the most beautiful natural resources in the world and we believe all New Zealanders should be able to enjoy this.
To share these experiences with our wider community, we arrange charity trips for individuals with physical and mental disabilities and their carer’s, who are often family members. The benefits from our trips go beyond a day out on the water. It provides our Charity’s beneficiaries the sense of what can be achieved despite some of the most difficult circumstances they experience.