Through the commitment and passion of prominent Australian business people, sporting personalities and healthcare professionals, the totally independent Starlight Children's Foundation of Australia was born in 1988.
The mission is to brighten the lives of all seriously ill and hospitalised children and their families. Hospital programs include Starlight Express Rooms, Starlight Fun Centres and Starlight Express Vans - geared to deliver fun and entertainment to hospitalised children around the country.
In the next 12 months, 600,000 children will be hospitalised in Australia. Starlight’s programs touch the lives of 200,000 seriously ill and hospitalised children and their families, providing much-needed positive distraction.
Out of hospital, Starlight's Wishgranting program grants the wish of children aged four to eighteen who suffer from any serious illness, and who meet their criteria. As at January 2005, 528 children with a critical, chronic or terminal illness were waiting for their Starlight wish.
Starlight Escapes provides children and their families with fun group outings and activities, throughout the year.
Starlight does not receive any government funding and is entirely supported by individuals and corporations through special events, cause-related marketing promotions and in kind support of both goods and services.
Friday May 6 is Starlight Day and volunteers will be selling merchandise on streets across Australia, as well as in shopping centres and at train stations.
Please dig deep to help bring some enjoyment into the lives of these young Australians.