Starlight Children’s Foundation brightens the lives of seriously ill and hospitalized children and young people by replacing pain, fear and stress with fun, joy and laughter. Since its establishment in 1988, Starlight has expanded to become the broadest reaching and most trusted children’s charity in Australia. There is now a Starlight Express Room in every children’s hospital in the country and nearly 200 Captain Starlights nationwide. Last year, Starlight granted over 520 life-changing Starlight Wishes to seriously ill children, young people and their families. Please visit this link to support Starlight Children’s Foundation
The presence of our forever friends is often called upon to provide comfort to these young children, generally forming part of the wishlist package.
“Starlight Children’s Foundation has been working with Lee-Ann and the Bocchetta Plush Toys Team for some time now. Their plush toys play an integral role in our Wishgranting Program, specifically for our Pet and Animal Experience Starlight Wishes.
A Starlight Wish is a much-needed positive distraction for sick children and their families going through tough times. A Starlight Pet Wish, as you can imagine, provides a long-lasting positive distraction, as well as important physical presence and comfort for our Starlight Wish kids. While waiting for their new pet to arrive, we try to match a plush toy with their chosen pet breed, so they have this plush as a constant reminder of their pet whilst they wait for its arrival, and gives them something tangible to play with.
With our Starlight Animal Experience Wishes we try to match a plush toy with their animal experience. For example, a dolphin, or Quokka. This stays as a positive reminder and special keepsake of their Starlight Wish and of the amazing family memories they created.
These plush toys create a little magic, excitement and some beautiful sparkle for our Starlight Wish kids, most of all positive distraction and huge smiles 😊.
We can’t thank Lee-Ann and her team enough for all the support they provide Starlight, and the big smiles they bring to sick kids and their families.”
Hannah Cheeseman, Starlight Children’s Foundation Wishgranting Manager.