Our mission

At Starlight we know that happiness matters to sick kids facing the pain, fear and stress of serious illness.

That's why for over 30 years we've worked in partnership with health professionals to bring the fun, joy and laughter that helps sick kids be kids.

We help kids of all ages regardless of disability, injury or illness because what happens in childhood lasts a lifetime.

We believe in happiness because it matters to sick kids’ health.

Why does happiness matter

  • Happiness helps sick kids feel more positive, confident and resilient

  • Happiness helps sick kids cope with the pain of illness and treatment

  • Happiness helps reduce fear, stress and anxiety

"Being seriously ill shouldn't mean missing out on the fun of childhood, especially when evidence shows happiness helps kids bounce back after going through tough times"

Louise Baxter, Starlight CEO

The evidence

Our work is underpinned by the World Health Organisation's model of Social Health - where improving mental and social wellbeing has a positive impact on overall physical health.

Starlight's programs are based on positive psychology principles which show that fun and happiness play a big role in enhancing wellbeing.

Our impact reaches far and wide

We are the broadest reaching children's charity in Australia, supporting children and teens with all types of illness

Captain Starlight brightens the lives of children in major, metropolitan, regional & rural hospitals across Australia.

We delivered over 1,303,775 positive Starlight experiences in 2022