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Monday, 22 February 2016 13:13

Friday May 6 - Host a Star-BQ to Support Sick Kids This Starlight Day

Support sick kids this Starlight Day - Starlight’s biggest annual fundraiser: Starlight Day, Friday, 6 May 2016

Starlight Children’s Foundation is appealing for help to raise $1.3 million this Starlight Day, Friday, 6 May 2016 to brighten the lives of more than 33,000 seriously ill children and their families around Australia.

To help Starlight reach its fundraising target, individuals, corporations, schools, universities, sport and groups are invited to register to host a Star-BQ – a special fundraising barbeque – on Starlight Day or anytime during May.

About 2,000 purple and yellow-clad volunteers will also hit the streets across the country on Starlight Day, selling Starlight merchandise and collecting donations in shopping centres, central business districts and train stations.

Starlight CEO, Louise Baxter, said: “Everyone is invited to host a Star-BQ with friends, family or workmates to collect donations and help Starlight continue to brighten the lives of sick kids and their families through fun, play and laughter.

“Australians love to BBQ and Star-BQs are the perfect opportunity to bring people together to fundraise and make a real difference to children living with serious illness.”

Starlight Day aims to raise much-needed funds to keep Starlight’s uniquely Australian Starlight Express Room and Captain Starlight programs in every children’s hospital in the country, open seven days a week.

Every child admitted to hospital, regardless of their illness or injury, along with their family, can access the Starlight Express Room and Captain Starlight programs.

Starlight Day is generously supported nationally by EB Games and Big W, and is endorsed by Starlight’s celebrity chef ambassadors including Hayden Quinn, Neil Perry and Herb Faust.

Starlight relies solely on the community to deliver and evolve its innovative hospital programs, which were developed to complement the Australian healthcare system.

For more information about fundraising and volunteering on Starlight Day, or to make a donation, please visit www.starlight.org.au, or join the conversation online using #starlightday #snagasmile.

For more information, please contact:
Samantha Boyd, Access PR | samb@accesspr.com.au | 02 9292 7013 | 0414 408 198
Laura Minns, Access PR | laura@accesspr.com.au | 02 9292 7002| 0431 375 990

About Starlight Children's Foundation

Starlight Children's Foundation brightens the lives of seriously ill children and their families by replacing pain, fear and stress with fun, joy and laughter. Since its establishment in 1988, Starlight has expanded to become the broadest reaching children’s charity in Australia. There is now a Starlight Express Room in every children’s hospital in the country and 108 Captain Starlights nationwide. This year Starlight will build four new Starlight Express Rooms. Supporting sick kids regardless of illness, injury or age, Starlight’s hospital programs are uniquely Australian and exist nowhere else in the world. Last year, Starlight granted 506 life-changing wishes and supported more than 185,000 sick kids and their families. www.starlight.org.au

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