Captain Starlight and Greater Building Society staff will be bringing some Christmas cheer and a smile to the faces of sick local kids and their families at Lismore Hospital today (December 11).
Captain Starlight’s visits are a diversional therapy program. During the visits Captain Starlight uses fun activities such as face painting, card playing, singing, Christmas craft and balloon animal making fun to help kids take their minds off being in hospital. These are the final visits to the hospitals by Captain Starlight in 2014 and there will be some Christmas fun, goodies and cheer on this visit.
Joining Captain Starlight will be The Greater’s Ballina branch manager Bronwyn Chandler and Lismore branch supervisor Judy Thompson. The pair are two of the 232 staff members who have this year volunteered to support a Greater Charitable Foundation charity partner.
Funding from Greater Charitable Foundation has allowed Captain Starlight to visit the hospital every three months this 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 seven hospitals in regional NSW (including Tweed and Lismore) and three hospitals on the Gold Coast. Funding also supports Starlight’s wish granting program. The Greater Charitable Foundation is funded through the profits of the Greater Building Society.