Captain Starlight visits local hospital to put smiles on faces

Captain Starlight and staff from Greater Building Society will be bringing a smile to the faces of sick local kids and their families at two New England hospitals this week.

Captain Starlight’s visits are a diversional therapy program. During the visits Captain Starlight uses fun activities such as face painting, card playing, singing and balloon making to help kids take their minds off being in hospital. These are the second visits to the hospitals by Captain Starlight in 2014.

Captain Starlight will be with The Greater’s Armidale branch staff members Wendy Ng and Bek McFarlane at Armidale Hospital from 9.30am to 12.30 pm on Tuesday June 17.

Joining Captain Starlight at Tamworth Hospital on Wednesday June 18 from 9.30am -12.30pm for the first time is The Greater’s new Tamworth lending manager Dwayne Marshall.

Funding from Greater Charitable Foundation allows Captain Starlight to visit the hospital four times a year. In addition to providing funding, the Foundation arranges for Greater Building Society staff members to volunteer at some visits.

The Greater Charitable Foundation has provided more than $500,000 over three years (2012-2014) to enable regular visits by Captain Starlight to six hospitals in regional NSW and three hospitals on the Gold Coast as well as to support Starlight’s wish granting program.

The Greater Charitable Foundation is funded through the profits of Greater Building Society.