MEDIA RELEASE: C-Suite Execs urged to take a Meeting for Good

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07 Nov '19

MEDIA RELEASE

7th November 2019

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Starlight Children's Foundation (Starlight) is calling for business leaders across the country to be a part of an exciting Australian-first in corporate philanthropy to change the lives of hospitalised children.

Starlight, in partnership with meetmagic, have launched Meeting for Good, a movement bringing together senior business leaders with technology companies to give happiness to sick kids one meeting at a time, launching November 1.

Starlight is specifically calling for C-suite executives from ASX top 300 companies to get involved in the initiative by pledging one 45-minute meeting slot throughout November to give back to Starlight.  

For every meeting held, 70 per cent ($700) of the meeting fee will be given back to Starlight by meetmagic, a platform founded by Carl Gough that operates as a business to business (B2B) connection service.

Funds received from each meeting will give 18 sick kids access to vital Starlight's hospital services, Captain Starlight and the Starlight Express Rooms, for the duration of their admission.

Every minute of every day a child is admitted to hospital in Australia. While health professionals treat illness, Starlight delivers the fun through Captain Starlight and the Starlight Express Rooms to improve sick kids' resilience, confidence and wellbeing. 

The need for these services in children's hospitals has never been greater, growing by 70% over the next five years. Starlight relies on the community to help keep these programs operating  seven days a week. 

In return for giving their time, C-Suite executives will not only feel good about inspiring social change, they'll gain valuable insights into the latest innovations impacting their business including areas such as infrastructure and cybersecurity. These meetings could also open doors for executives to connect with new technology vendors who can provide strategic insights into digital transformations impacting their industry.

Matt Geraghty, National Partnerships Manager, Starlight, said: "The concept is a simple, yet powerful way for C-Suite executives to both grow their philanthropic impact and solve key business challenges. It's win/win because executives can raise money for Starlight and improve their business at the same time. I'd urge those interested to register directly and together, we can provide happiness to sick kids, one meeting at a time."

So far 70 corporate philanthropists have signed up to make a difference next month, pledging 203 meetings, including Lucy Liu, President, Airwallex; Katrina Glover, COO, Credit Suisse; Sean O’Donoghue, CFO, Cuscal; Ian Hasslacher, CSCO, Guzman Y Gomez, Bradley Blyth, CTO, Loyalty Pacific and Andrew Matuszczak, CTO/CIO, Wesfarmers.

Lucy Liu, AirWallex President, who receives between 20-30 meeting requests a week from potential suppliers, had little hesitation in signing up: "I quickly jumped on board. I thought it was a really good idea. We should consider the future legacies that we’re leaving our kids as well as the social impact that we should have. Being a part of this movement is very personal and very exciting to me."

C-Suite executives looking to pledge their time to a Meeting for Good can register now on www.meetingforgood.org.au, or if they have any questions, contact Matt directly by emailing meetingforgood@starlight.org.au.

For more information on the platform, please watch https://vimeo.com/360935256.

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To organise and interview with Starlight or C-suite executives whom have registered to take a Meeting for Good this November, or for photography/video assets, please contact:

Nicole Bowen, PR Manager, Starlight, nicole.bowen@starlight.org.au / (02) 8425 5940 / 0423 965 025

About Starlight Children's Foundation

Starlight Children's Foundation brightens the lives of seriously ill and hospitalised children and young people by replacing pain, fear and stress with fun, joy and laughter. Since its establishment in 1988, Starlight has expanded to become the broadest reaching and most trusted children's charity in Australia. There is now a Starlight Express Room in every children's hospital in the country and over 160 Captain Starlights nationwide. This year, Starlight will be refurbishing its Starlight Express Rooms in Newcastle and Canberra.

Last year, Starlight granted 541 life-changing wishes and delivered over 575,000 positive Starlight experiences to seriously ill children, young people and their families.

www.starlight.org.au

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