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ABOUT THE STARLIGHT CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION

The Starlight Children’s Foundation transforms the experience of hospitalisation and treatment for seriously ill children and their families – Starlight is the only children’s charity with a permanent, physical presence in very major paediatric hospital in the country. Every minute of every day a child is admitted to hospital in Australia. For thousands of these children what happens next is the diagnosis of a serious or chronic illness that changes their life, and the lives of their families, forever.

This is where Starlight steps in, with a range of programs both in and out of hospital that deliver fun, laughter and positive distraction to support the whole family throughout their journey. These are:

  • Hospital Programs – Captain Starlight, Starlight Express Rooms, Starlight TV, Starlight Fun
  • Centres, Livewire
  • Community Programs – Starlight Wishes
  • Online – Livewire.org.au, a secure community for seriously ill adolescents
  • Outreach – Starlight programs to remote locations including indigenous communities and hospitals in the Northern Territory.

Starlight Children’s Foundation programs are integral to the total care of seriously ill children - while the health professionals’ focus on treating the illness, Starlight is there to lift the spirits of the child – giving them the opportunity to laugh and play and be a child again.

Starlight facts

  • There are 600,000 paediatric admissions to hospitals in Australia each year, of which 156,000 are to the major paediatric centres that treat children with the most serious illnesses. This is where we have our Starlight Express Rooms.
  • There are hundreds of thousands of visits to our Starlight Express Rooms each year. However, we are currently opening our Starlight Express Rooms at lower than ideal opening hours due to funding. In addition we would like to open each room in the evenings for “adolescent only” sessions – but these too will be dependent on funding.
  • Starlight Fun Centres are available to children admitted to 85 hospitals around the country.
  • The Starlight brand has a prompted awareness of 89% and is in the top 10 most trusted charity brands in Australia. However, this brand strength can be misinterpreted as “already well supported”. As a charity that delivers programs seven days a week, our costs are ongoing, and continuing our program delivery is completely dependent on donations.

HOW NP SET HELPS

NP Set will support the Starlight Foundation in two ways; helping to raise valuable funds that go direct to the support of their programs and by participating with their ongoing activities: Starlight Day, Girls Day In program, Five Chefs Dinner, and Starball and Entertainment Golf Day.