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 Maitland Hospital Wednesday morning.
Captain Starlight’s visits are a diversional therapy program. During the visits Captain Starlight uses fun activities such as face painting, card playing, singing, craft and balloon 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 and cheer on this visit.
Joining Captain Starlight will be Greenhills branch supervisor Heather Graham and Rutherford branch customer service officer Alisha Onslow. The pair are two of the 231 staff members that have this year volunteered to support a Greater Charitable Foundation charity partner. Alisha is a mum of two and is expecting her third. It is her first time volunteering at Maitland Hospital and she has been very keen to do it.
Funding from Greater Charitable Foundation has allowed Captain Starlight to visit the hospital every month 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 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 the Greater Building Society.