Captain Starlight will be bringing a smile to the faces of sick local kids and their families at Gosford Hospital this morning (March 11).
The visit is the first in a new series of regular visits for 2015 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 Captain Starlight this time is The Greater’s Gosford branch supervisor Vanessa McPherson. 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 Gosford Hospital and seven other hospitals in regional NSW and Gold Coast 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 program.
The Greater Charitable Foundation is funded through the profits of the Greater Building Society. Central Coast charities are being invited to apply for grants in the Greater Charitable Foundation’s 2015 funding round. Applications close March 20. More information is available at www.greaterfoundation.org.au
Media information: Jan Richens (Gosford Hospital) 4320 3659 or Craig Eardley (Greater) on 0437 477 493.