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.
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 visitwww.starlight.org.au, or join the conversation online using #starlightday #snagasmile.