Achievements Last Year

2017 Highlights


How you helped brighten more lives in 2017

2017 really was a year of amazing milestones at Starlight. Thanks to you an amazing 522,208 unforgettable Starlight experiences were created for sick kids and their families*! That's a lot of smiling faces across the country.

Captain Starlight and child

This year we granted our 10,000th Starlight Wish to 10-year-old Sy. As a big fan of everything about the police, Sy's Starlight Wish was to be a policeman alongside his Highway Patrol hero, Sergeant Mick McCrann. Sy's wish was just one of 551 life-changing Starlight Wishes granted last year. Every Starlight Wish is a gift of hope and happiness for sick kids and 100% of our Wish families told us they would recommend a Wish experience to another family.

Our annual Wish Week brought together Starlight families from across Australia for a much needed break on the sunny Gold Coast, and were suitably spoilt by our Official Wishgranting Partner, Virgin Australia and our amazing volunteers. Wish Week gives families much needed time together and meet other families going through similar experiences. 

Speaking of fun, there are now 152 Captain Starlights arriving from Planet Starlight every day! Every day Captain Starlights deliver fun & games in our ten Starlight Express Rooms across Australia and turn hospital into a place of joy and laughter for sick kids and their families. Last year, we rolled out the welcome mat for a record 163,372 visits to our Starlight Express Rooms!

Captain Starlight and kids

For 4-year-old Ruby, the Starlight Express Room provides her whole family with a fun escape from the routine of hospital life. Captain Starlight even visited Ruby every day when she was too sick to come to the Starlight Express Room, and made her laugh and smile before or after each operation.

Ruby and Captain Starlight

Last year, Captain Starlight made a whopping 109,736 ward round visits, bringing fun and laughter to kids that were too sick to leave their hospital bed.

Thanks to our supporters, in 2017 Captain Starlight travelled far and wide visiting 4,568 kids in rural and regional hospitals and spent 308 fun-packed days in remote Indigenous communities, providing 9,707 experiences.

Starlight Healthier Futures Initiative

Last year, Starlight also proudly launched our first ever Reconciliation Action Plan during National Reconciliation Week. We celebrated around the country and each Starlight Express Room was buzzing with excitement! Celebrity visitors, storytellers, didgeridoo players, dancers and artists from communities all over Australia came in to share their culture with the kids. 

National Reconciliation Week

For teens living with an illness or disability, Livewire ran 2,537 creative workshops in hospitals around Australia and welcomed 441 new members. We also revamped to meet the changing needs of teens and make the most of the latest technologies. Livewire members had input along the way to help develop a site that’s relevant to them and their community.

Livewire teen with facilitator

2017 marked a number of key milestones with the exciting opening of our brand new Starlight Express Rooms in Monash Children's Hospital and Royal Darwin Hospital to reach even more sick kids and their families.

Darwin Starlight Express Room opening

We were also invited to present at the 2017 World Congress on Adolescent Health in India which brought together over 1200 delegates from across the globe. This invaluable opportunity allowed us to showcase our Livewire program and connect with specialists, pediatricians and academics from around the world to discuss how we can improve the life of adolescents both globally and within the Australian context.

2018 Sneak Peek

If 2017 wasn't exciting enough, 2018 is shaping up to be even bigger. The excitement is building with work underway on the new Starlight Express Room at Sydney Children's Hospital Randwick. The current room has stood the test of time for over 18 years so it's time for an overhaul. Watch this space for a big, vibrant new state-of-the-art Starlight Express Room!

A brand new Starlight Express Room has also been built in the new Perth Children’s Hospital. We're just working on the finishing touches and can’t wait to open our doors to kids and families in 2018.

Of course, none of this would happen without the generosity of Starlight supporters. We couldn't have done it without you! Thank you for all you do to make this happen.

Together we can have a powerful impact on the lives of Australia's sick kids and their families by continuing to fight pain, stress and fear with fun, laugher and joy at a time when they need it the most. 

thank you

*Estimates as at November 2017. Program actuals included in our 2017 Annual Review.

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