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Help give the gift of play on Starlight Day

Help give the gift of play on Starlight Day

Starlight's biggest annual fundraising event - Friday, 1 May 2015

Starlight Children’s Foundation needs your help today, 1 May, to help give the gift of play to more than 30,000 seriously ill children and their families around Australia as part of its biggest annual fundraising event, Starlight Day.

Held nationally, Starlight Day aims to raise $1.3 million to brighten the lives of sick kids and their families through Starlight’s uniquely Australian hospital programs, including Captain Starlight and the Starlight Express Rooms, which are needed seven days a week.

Yellow-clad Starlight volunteers are hitting the streets today to sell merchandise, hold Star-BQs, and collect donations in shopping centres, office foyers, central business districts and train stations across the country.

Starlight CEO Louise Baxter said: "Every minute of every day a child is admitted to hospital in Australia and Starlight is there to help them to play, laugh and simply be kids again.

“Starlight Express Rooms are in every children’s hospital in the country and provide medical-free respite for sick kids when they and their families need it most.”

Starlight is proud to have the support of a passionate group of celebrity ambassadors, including former Olympic swimmers Libby Trickett OAM and Kieren Perkins AO, and TV presenter David Campbell, to name a few.

Starlight ambassador, David Campbell said: “While health professionals focus on treating illness, Captain Starlight captures a child’s imagination in the Starlight Express Rooms, turning their pain, fear and stress into joy, fun and laughter.

“Starlight receives no government funding and a donation of just $39 provides one child with access to Starlight’s vital hospital programs, which do the important job of helping sick kids to forget they’re unwell for a while.”

Every child admitted to a children’s hospital in Australia can access the Starlight Express Room with their parents and siblings, giving the family a unique opportunity to reconnect.

Starlight Day is proudly supported nationally by EB Games, which is collecting donations in store and Big W, which is selling Starlight merchandise until 3 May.

For more information or to make a donation this Starlight Day, please phone 1300 727 827, SMS STARLIGHT to 0437 371 371 (standard SMS charges apply), or visit www.starlight.org.au.

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For more information, please contact:

Emma Reyes, Access PR | emmar@accesspr.com.au | 02 9292 7006| 0424 425 813
Laura Minns, Access PR | laura@accesspr.com.au | 02 9292 7000 | 0431 375 990