Bringing happiness to sick kids and teens

At Starlight we know that happiness matters to sick kids facing the pain, fear and stress of serious illness. That’s why we work in partnership with health professionals to bring the fun, joy and laughter that is essential to sick kids’ health and wellbeing. 

From one Starlight Wish granted more than 30 years ago, we now create over half a million Starlight Experiences to sick kids each year. 

All of those experiences are based on the needs of seriously ill children and young people. Our programs are supported by research and evaluation to ensure excellence in everything we do. Starlight is Australia’s broadest reaching children’s charity and recognised as an integral part of the healthcare system. 

How we’re helping in these challenging times

We continue to work as closely as ever with our hospital and healthcare partners around Australia to ensure we can deliver the positive impact of Starlight that sick kids need more than ever. 

We are well placed with many digital Starlight programs already in place. We are also exploring new technologies and innovations such as ‘virtual’ experiences with Captain Starlight, boredom busting Surprise Packs, daily craft activities to do at home and a regular newsletter ‘Fun with Captain Starlight’. With the exclusion of travel, we continue to grant life-changing Starlight Wishes. 

So while 2020 will look very different, Starlight continues to brighten the lives of seriously ill children using the power of positive psychology to support wellbeing and resilience. Because now, more than ever happiness matters. 

Starlight programs

Captain Starlight

Our superheroes of fun bring joy, laughter and happiness to sick kids inside and outside of hospital.

In hospital

Captain Starlight can be found delivering fun and laughter in every major children's hospital in Australia.


Using the power of creativity & community to support teens with a serious illness or disability in hospital & online.

Partnering to improve health outcomes

Captain Starlight joins health professionals to treat kids in remote Indigenous communities.


A Starlight Wish is an incredible gift of hope during the toughest of times.