Achievements Last Year

2019 Highlights

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All made possible thanks to our supporters!

The last year of the decade was filled to the brim with life-changing happiness for sick kids thanks to the generosity of Starlight supporters.

In 2019, we created 610,527 Starlight Experiences for sick kids across Australia.

Every Starlight Experience gives a sick child the happiness they need to help cope with the pain and stress of serious illness.

 

BRINGING FUN TO SICK KIDS

In 2019, 188 Captain Starlights brought fun and happiness to sick kids like Jarrah with 185,500 visits to Starlight Express Rooms in hospitals across the country.

Having fun in the Starlight Express Room helped Jarrah get through his year-long stay in hospital for cancer treatment.

Starlight Express Rooms are always buzzing with different activities to keep kids entertained and you can even do a bit of celebrity spotting!

Last year kids were thrilled to meet Super Mario, the cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, chef Alejandro Saravia, hip hop band Justice Crew, not to mention sports stars, pop stars, artists, writers and even some friendly furry creatures.

 

INCLUSION MATTERS

In a new initiative in the Starlight Express Room at Westmead Children's Hospital, we introduced 'Space Time' creating a relaxed, quiet and screen-free environment. Space Time welcomes children who might otherwise not be able to visit when there is a lot of noise and stimulation helping to make the Starlight Express Room even more accessible.

And for kids too sick to leave their hospital bed, Captain Starlight brought the fun to directly to them with 145,240 hospital ward visits last year.

 

CREATING A POSITIVE IMPACT

In our 2019 evaluation survey, parents described the Starlight Express Room as a positively distracting, relaxing and safe environment, and kids told us that Captain Starlight makes them happy and takes the anxiety out of hospital. 

It seems Captain Starlight really is a superhero to sick kids!

 

SUPPORTERS MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE

Thanks to our supporters, we also granted 500 Starlight Wishes to sick kids like five-year-old Paige.

Before she got sick, Paige loved playing mermaids with her sister. It was all she dreamt about while undergoing leukemia treatment in hospital.

For her Starlight Wish, Paige got to swim with a real-life mermaid on her Gold Coast holiday! Her wish brought her family together and helped create new happy memories.

Wishes have a lasting positive impact and 100% of families would recommend a Wish experience to another family.

 

CONNECTING TEENS

For older kids, Livewire created 45,626 hospital experiences for teenagers last year helping young people make friends, have fun and be distracted from their illness and treatment.

Additionally, Livewire welcomed 433 new members to our online community providing valuable social connections and peer support for teens living with a serious illness or disability.

 

CREATING HEALTHIER FUTURES

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we expanded our Healthier Futures Initiative to visit 138 remote communities last year.

In 2019, Captain Starlight created 22,310 experiences to children in remote communities helping to boost attendance at health clinics.

On Mornington Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Captain Starlights worked alongside health professionals to keep kids happy and distracted at the Deadly Ears health clinic.

 

EXTRAVAGANZAS BRING FAMILIES TOGETHER

Starlight Extravaganzas give seriously ill children and their families a fun day out together. In 2019, 1,247 kids and teens attended an Extravaganza enjoying a break from the stress of hospital and treatment.

 

VOLUNTEERS MAKE IT HAPPEN

None of these achievements could happen without our incredible crew of volunteers. It takes 37,804 volunteer hours to deliver our programs, so a very big shout out to all our Starlight volunteers.

 

SHINING BRIGHT IN 2020

Together, with your support we've got big plans for 2020. Bright, new things are on the horizon at John Hunter Hospital with the upgrade of the Starlight Express Room and a revamp of the outdoor play area at Alice Springs Hospital. Plus, cool new ideas are brewing for Starlight TV to help even more sick kids across the country.

A very big thank you to everyone who helped bring vital happiness to sick kids in 2019 - we couldn't do it without you!

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