The visits are a diversional therapy program. 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 sometimes volunteer at some visits. Joining Captain Starlight this time will be the Greater’s Ballina branch supervisor Janelle Manning. Last year more than 230 Greater staff volunteered for a charity partner.
The visit is the first in a new series of regular visits for 2015 thanks to new funding from the Greater Charitable Foundation. 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.
Media information: Craig Eardley (Greater) on 0437 477 493.