Xmas Xtravaganza for sick kids at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick

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10 Dec '19

MEDIA ALERT

MONDAY 9TH DECEMBER 2019

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Xmas Xtravaganza for sick kids at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick

MEDIA CALL DETAILS

Event: Xmas Xtravaganza at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick

Date: Wednesday 11th December 2019

Time: 12.30pm – 3pm AEDT

  • Captain Starlight Pantomime, Starlight Express Room at 1pm
  • Jed Holloway attending at 12.30pm
  • Waratah's players attending at 12.30pm
  • Timomatic attending at 12.30pm
  • Johnny Ruffo attending at 12.30pm
  • Athletes Alexei Almoukov and Jessica Thornton attending from 12.30pm
  • Matt Suleau attending from 1.30pm
  • Patient and Family BBQ at Sunny's Café from 3pm

Location: Starlight Express Room Sydney Children's Hospital Level 3, High Street, Randwick NSW 2031

On site: Alice Murphy, Starlight PR, 0416 848 71 and Andrea Ford, SCH PR, 9382 3571

Please advise what time you plan to be at the hospital. On arrival, please call Alice and wait at the main hospital entrance. You will then be escorted to the Starlight Express Room per hospital protocol.

Vision, photo and interview opportunities available in the SER only include:

  • Sick kids and their families
  • Jed Holloway – Waratah’s player and Starlight Ambassador
  • Waratahs players
  • Timomatic – singer and Starlight Ambassador
  • Matt Suleau – Fox Sports presenter and Starlight Ambassador
  • Johnny Ruffo
  • Athletes Alexei Almoukov (Biathlon athlete) and Jessica Thornton (Athletics)
  • Santa Claus
  • Captain Starlights
  • Ken Gamma, Hospital Program Manager
  • Chandra Franklin, Hospital Program Manager

NB: For media unable to attend, Starlight can supply high-res photography with captions by COB Wednesday 11th December.

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Together with the team at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick, Starlight Children’s Foundation (Starlight) will jointly host its annual Christmas Party in the Starlight Express Room at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick on Wednesday 11 December, where sick kids and their families can enjoy an afternoon of festive fun with Captain Starlight and special guests.

Alongside the Caring for Carers Working Group at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick, the whole hospital will be transformed into a Xmas Xtravaganza!

Featuring a Captain Starlight pantomime with special guests including Starlight Ambassadors Timomatic, Matt Suleau and Jed Holloway, Waratah’s players, Johnny Ruffo, Biathlon athlete Alexei Almoukov, Athletics star Jessica Thornton, Santa Claus, and an afternoon BBQ at Sunny's Cafe, it will be a day to remember for sick kids and their families spending the holiday season in hospital.

This December, over 44,000 sick kids are expected to be admitted to children's hospitals nationally.

At Sydney Children's Hospital alone, Starlight will deliver over 2000 positive Starlight experiences for sick kids during the festive season, through Starlight Express Room visits and Captain Starlight 'Rocket Rounds' for kids too sick to leave their ward beds.

Captain Starlight also travels to hospitals across NSW, visiting almost 140 children every month.

Captain Starlights are professional performers who use their skills in comedy, acting, music and art to entertain sick kids. While health professionals focus on treating illness, Captain Starlight delivers positive healthcare promotion that helps to prevent illness and improve wellbeing.

Starlight is the broadest reaching children's charity in Australia, with a Starlight Express Room in every major children's hospital nationally.

Starlight relies on the community for support. Every $39 will provide a sick child with access to its vital hospital services, and keep programs running seven days a week.

Starlight is hoping to raise $741 000 to help give happiness to sick kids during the festive season.

To find out how you can help give happiness to sick and hospitalised kids over Christmas, visit www.starlight.org.au/christmas or call 1300 727 827.

- ENDS-

For more information and to RSVP, please contact: Alice Murphy, Starlight PR, 0416 848 711 | alice.murphy@starlight.org.au

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 180 Captain Starlights nationwide. 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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