7 Dec 2009
Last week I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Starlight Foundation Morning Tea at the Mater Children’s Hospital, where I was both humbled and honoured by the generous thanks I received for helping out and continuing to support this amazing foundation.
The goal of the Starlight Foundation is to grant wishes to children who are dealing with horrible illnesses and when I participate in events with them it reminds me how important their cause is and how absolutely incredible their programs are.
When I went to the Mater Children’s Hospital I noticed that there are so many fun activities that have been organised for the children there. I visited the Starlight Express Room where the children can paint, draw, play games and have lots of fun. There are also themed days for the kids so that they can all dress up or celebrate a special occasion and it’s great to see the happiness that this brings to the children.
The most amazing thing though I thought was an interactive television channel that was set up for the Starlight Children to watch and they can even interact live with their phones. The kids could also go on some of the TV shows themselves that are hosted by the “Captain Starlights” where they can play quiz type games and win prizes. The kids all loved this and I could definitely see that these fun activities were helping to create a positive distraction in their lives.
I don’t think that everyone realises how crucial it is to see these children being happy and having fun. Having something fun to look forward to when coming to hospital not only gives the children relief in a stressful time but also gives them some much deserved laughter and happiness that can help them to feel better and overcome their illnesses.
The Starlight Children’s Foundation really needs our support so that they can continue to put smiles on children’s faces as they receive no government funding. If you would like to help out this cause then visit the Starlight Children’s website to see how you too can get involved.
(Me with my son Dane, his friend Dylan and Captain Starlight)