Phone: 1300 123 737

Starlight Children’s Foundation

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Since being formed as an Australian children’s charity in 1988, the Starlight Children’s Foundation has brightened the lives of seriously ill and hospitalised children, and their families, throughout Australia.

About Starlight

Living with illness or injury can cause enormous strain in the lives of children and their families. The pain, loneliness and isolation that sick children feel dominates their lives, and they often miss out on normal experiences that healthy children take for granted.

Starlight provides programs integral to the total care of seriously ill children – while health professionals focus on treating the illness, Starlight is there to lift the spirits of the child, giving them the opportunity to laugh, play and be a child again.

“You hear laughter walking down the corridor before you see the kids.”

- WA Centre for Health Promotion Research, Curtin University of Technology.

Become a Starlight Volunteer

Volunteer at Starlight

At Starlight, we provide laughter and support to seriously ill children and their families throughout Australia – and we simply couldn’t do it without our generous-hearted volunteers. Since 1988 we’ve had thousands of volunteers help put smiles on children’s faces.

Starlight is committed to ensuring we provide a positive experience for all our wonderful volunteers. In order for us to do this we look for passionate, skilled and committed people and match them to specific volunteering opportunities.

How we raise fundsstairlight4

At Starlight, we are determined to continue transforming the lives of seriously ill children. To do this, we need to raise funds. Starlight does not receive government funding which means we rely completely on donations from generous members of the community to fund our life-changing work.

There are many forms of fundraising undertaken by Starlight. In addition to running events and auctions, we also run Face to Face and Telephone Fundraising amongst other methods.

Captain Starlight

Captain Starlight is a superhero from Planet Starlight, who transforms the hospital experience of children and young people, and their families across Australia.

Our Captain Starlights are a team of experienced performers, trained to help children and young people through some of their most challenging moments – overcoming the anxiety of surgery, distracting them from the pain of having a dressing changed or simply relief from the boredom and isolation that hospitalisation can bring. All Starlight programs are centred on the social model of health, which recognises the critical role of play, fun and social interaction to health and wellbeing.

“If Captain Starlight can help us get children up and out of hospital quicker, that’s an extraordinary thing.”  Paediatric Doctor

Captain Starlight is central to the fun, joy and laughter of the hospital experience.  Captain Starlight provides distraction from the pain and stress of illness and its treatment, and while the impact and transformation is immediate, it also has the longer term outcome of maintaining a strong sense of the individual and ensures their hospital experience is more positive.

Captain Starlights are at all major paediatric hospitals across the country as well as working alongside health providers in the Northern Territory (where the Captains’ unique talents are instrumental in ensuring children visit the health clinics for vital health checks and services.

“Tyson often had bedside visits from Captain Starlight, which allowed a welcomed distraction with a magic trick or a joke. Visits full of laughter, such a precious thing to hear when your child is in pain.”

Mum of Tyson, an 8-year-old child with Cystic Fibrosis

What kind of volunteering is right for you?

If it’s only now and then, or a one off day for your corporate volunteering program, then sign up to our online volunteer community to see what’s coming up that you can get involved in! Events volunteers pick and choose when they’d like to get involved depending on other commitments. If this sounds like you sign up to My Starlight, our online volunteer community to view all the current events!

Or if you can regularly commit to helping Starlight then check out the different options below and then see what we’re currently recruiting for by clicking on the ‘Apply Now’ button below!

Volunteer On boarding & Training:

As a Starlight volunteer you’ll have access to specific training to ensure you are equipped with all the tools and experience to do your very best. From time to time you may be required to attend face to face training sessions or complete online training to build on your skills and knowledge.

Starlight Fun Centres

Bringing smiles to the bedside

A bedside delivery of fun and the latest entertainment, Starlight Fun Centres give kids the freedom to play what they want, when they want.

These mobile entertainment units have computer games, a CD and DVD player loaded with numerous movies to divert kids minds from the pain or boredom of hospital treatment.


Popular with hospital staff, parents and the kids alike, the mobile Starlight Fun Centres lift children’s’ spirits during difficult times.

“I would have been sooo bored in isolation if it wasn’t for the Starlight Fun Centre. It rocks!”

Robert, 8 years old

Make a donation to Starlight Children’s Foundation

Help us help seriously ill kids smile and choose Starlight for your charity donation.

Starlight Children’s Foundation does not receive any government funding and desperately rely on your support and donations to help brighten the lives of seriously ill and hospitalised children across Australia.

Donate Today You can help by making a single donation at any time which takes only a minute to complete an online form.  You can also make a donation by contacting Starlight directly on 1300 727 827.  Donating today will help Starlight brighten the lives of sick kids.

Become a monthly donor You can help by making a monthly donation or a regular charity gift which is offers a convenient & effective way for donors to support Starlight throughout the year. You can elect any amount to be debited once a month from your nominated credit card or bank account. It’s easy to become a monthly giver & if you decide to change, hold or want to stop your donation you can do this at any time by contacting Starlight.

You can also donate in celebration or in lieu of a gift – find out more.

We welcome each and every donation but new monthly donors are our greatest need.

Help us help seriously ill kids smile.


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