Captain Starlight and Greater Building Society Gold Coast Area Manager Renee Ferguson visited Gold Coast University Hospital this afternoon (September 25) to help bring a smile to the faces of sick kids and their families.
The Captain Starlight visits are a diversional therapy program. Fun activities such as face painting, card playing, singing and balloon making are used to help kids take their minds off being in hospital.
Funding of more than $500,000 from Greater Charitable Foundation has allowed Captain Starlight to make fortnightly visits to Gold Coast University Hospital as well as regular visits to other Gold Coast and regional NSW hospitals since 2012. In addition to funding, the Foundation arranges for Greater Building Society staff members to volunteer at some of the visits.
Ms Ferguson said it was great fun to be able to help Captain Starlight bring some cheer to the hospital ward. She is a mum and had many hospital visits with her asthmatic son when he was younger. She said she knows how tough it can be for kids and their parents to be in hospital and the difference a visit by Captain Starlight can make.
The Greater Charitable Foundation is funded through the profits of Greater Building Society.
“As a customer owned banking organisation, we put our profits back into products and services for customers as well as into supporting the great work of charities such as Starlight Children’s Foundation to make lives greater for local people,” Ms Ferguson said.