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Author: Craig Eardley

Captain Starlight visits Gold Coast University Hospital for first time in 2015 thanks to new funding

Captain Starlight and Greater Building Society staff will be bringing a smile to the faces of sick local kids and their families at Gold Coast University Hospital today (January 22).

The visit is the first in a series of fortnightly visits thanks to new funding from the Greater Charitable Foundation.

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 animal making fun to help kids take their minds off being in hospital.

In addition to providing funding, the Foundation arranges for Greater Building Society staff members to volunteer at some visits. Joining The Starlight Foundation this time are The Greater’s Helensvale branch supervisor Tina Hunter and Robina branch supervisor Renee Gapps. Last year more than 230 Greater staff volunteered for a charity partner.

In December Greater Charitable Foundation CEO Anne Long announced $60,000 was being provided to Starlight to enable it to continue to deliver its Captain Starlight program of regular visits to Gold Coast University Hospital and seven hospitals in regional NSW (including Tweed Hospital), as well as Wishgranting programs, until June 2015.

The funding is in addition to more than $500,000 provided by The Greater Charitable Foundation over three years (2012-2014) for the Starlight programs.

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