This Christmas, Starlight Children’s Foundation is appealing for help to raise $1.4 million to grant more than 200 life-changing Starlight Wishes for seriously ill kids and teens across Australia.
A Starlight Wish is a dream come true for a sick child and their family, giving them something positive to look forward to during treatment.
Starlight Children’s Foundation, CEO, Louise Baxter said: “This Christmas the wish list is as long as it has ever been, as Starlight faces the enormous challenge of fulfilling more than 200 wishes for kids who need them most.
“Sharing a once-in-a-lifetime Starlight Wish not only lifts the spirits of the child, but brings the entire family together for a much-needed distraction from the pain, stress and fear they experience with the child’s hospitalisation and treatment.”
Starlight grants a variety of wishes, including travel wishes, hero wishes, experience wishes and gift wishes, designed to promote wellbeing and increased happiness for the child.
In the past three years Starlight has seen a 75 per cent increase in the number of wish referrals from health professionals in children’s hospitals around Australia, and demand continues to grow.
Starlight grants about 500 Starlight Wishes every year and each week about 12 children are referred for a Starlight Wish by a health professional.
Starlight Wishes support kids and teens with a wide range of illnesses and injuries and have granted almost 8,500 wishes since its establishment in 1988.
To find out how you can help fulfil Starlight Wishes this Christmas, call 1300 727 927 or go to www.starlightwish.org.au.