Why I’m passionate about Starlight. From the Starlight Children's Foundation National Board.
Each Starlight board member has their own special reason for volunteering their time and efforts…
- Peter Butler OAM RFD - National Chairman of the Starlight Board.
Starlight is a true pioneer. It strives to find new ways to help the children and their families we exist to serve. The staff and volunteers of Starlight are wonderful people who are absolutely devoted to helping where it is most needed. They deserve our support.
- Louise Baxter
Chief Executive, Starlight Children's Foundation
It is the amazing and often life-changing impacts on seriously and chronically ill children and their families that is a constant source of inspiration. These families' lives are changed dramatically and forever from the moment of their child’s diagnosis and our Starlight programs give them moments of happiness, joy, celebration and hope. We support them with distraction from the pain and stress of their treatment and with 'all important' time together, enjoying activities that families with healthy children often take for granted. Starlight cannot do any of this without the generosity of individuals, community groups and organisations. I am inspired by the stories of the children, their families and all our wonderful supporters -thank you so much.
Director DM, George Patts Y&R
- Ian Kennedy OAM - National President of the Starlight Board.
Starlight is truly there for the children. Once, I granted a wish for a 14 year old boy called Adrian who was dying from muscular dystrophy. Leaving his home one night after looking at the pictures of his father carrying him on his back into the porpoise pool, Adrian's mother said to me, ''it will be a wonderful place to go to when he's gone.” That we can help Starlight take children and families in despair to such places I find astonishing, humbling and rewarding all at the one time.
Director, Catalyst Partners Pty Limited
I’m passionate about Starlight because we aren’t content with brightening the lives of a third of all seriously ill kids, but are constantly finding ways to reach every single seriously ill and hospitalised child in Australia. It’s not an easy task, but with everyone’s support we’ll be able to research the needs of these children and their families, bringing them happiness when it’s most needed.
- Michael Brydon
Director of Clinical Operations, Sydney Children's Hospital
Each day in the hospital Starlight lifts the spirits of so many individuals: Staff, visitors, families and of course our much loved patients. Those Captains are just amazing. They dish out their own special medicine and it sure seems to work. My funny bone never felt so good! I’m very proud to be part of 2 wonderful organisations that really do make a difference.... a children’s hospital and Starlight, the perfect combination to deliver holistic care.
The chance to assist a wonderfully-motivated and professional team in bringing happiness back to the lives of seriously ill children and their families is an honour. The challenge now is to extend Starlight’s services to the hundreds of thousands still untouched by the many Starlight services.
I was naturally drawn to Starlight as its focus and initiatives allow me to make a 'right now' difference to those children and families facing extra challenges. Nothing gives me more pleasure than to see the smiles when the word Starlight is heard, then I know we are truly making a difference.
- Kieren Perkins OAM
Head of Business Development and Acquisition QLD, NAB Private Wealth National Australia Bank.
From my own personal experience, after having a serious accident in my childhood, I understand the stress, discomfort and loneliness that hospital treatment brings. Having been on the Board since 2002, I have seen first-hand how Starlight can immediately put a smile on the face of a very sick child, and for me, it is vital to ensure that Starlight’s work can continue in meeting the needs and increased demand of all seriously ill and hospitalised children in Australia.
Partner, King & Wood Mallesons
As a mother of 3, I know that nothing is more important than the health and wellbeing of our children. I am passionate about Starlight because our people, volunteers and wide network of supporters bring smiles, joy and hope to the lives of so many sick children around Australia - which is a wonderful thing! To me, Starlight's essence is being selfless and representing pure goodness in a world which is not always fair. I am very proud to serve on the national board.
Chief Executive Officer, NRMA
I am passionate about the Starlight Foundation because it helps create a sense of hope and positive light for kids and their families, at a time when things can look pretty daunting. Starlight brings sunshine into our kids’ hospitals along with compassion, empathy and a smile. Starlight is uniquely Australian and an organisation that we can all be proud of.
The wonderful services provided by Starlight are key components in the provision of total care. These services not only change the hospital and illness experience for so many children and their families, but also enhance the capacity of health professionals and the health system in delivering the best possible care.
Starlight's wonderful impact in children's hospitals around Australia and on the lives of those touched by childhood illness, inspires my passionate support. Striving to create more opportunities to brighten the experiences of sick children is a constant and compelling challenge. It is a privilege to serve on Starlight's board.
- Genevieve Overell
Director, Government Advisory, Deutsche Bank Australia