Golden Casket community program

Golden Casket is well-known for giving away millions of dollars in prize money each year, however many people may not realise that it has also provided a vital source of funding for the Queensland community for close to 90 years.

Golden Casket proceeds help Mater’s smallest patients breathe easier

Mater 2016

(Pictured: Nigel Harris - CEO Mater Foundation, Shaun & Deanna - Parents, Sue van der Merwe - COO Lotteries)

Golden Casket has always been committed to supporting the communities in which it operates. 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of Golden Casket making annual donations from proceeds to Mater Foundation, totalling $12.5 million.

A world-first research trial into the more efficient use of high flow oxygen on premature babies at Mater’s Neonatal Critical Care Unit (NCCU) has been boosted with the support of a $500 000 donation from Golden Casket. Mater’s Neonatal Respiratory Group is conducting the trial, which involves measuring how hard the muscles work when a baby breathes to determine the impact of different levels of air or oxygen being administered via high flow (nasal prong oxygen therapy).

One baby is currently taking part in the trial, with a further fourteen babies to be recruited. Born at close to 28 weeks gestation, baby Parker Edwards is the first in the trial at Mater Mothers' Hospitals' NCCU. Mum Deanna was rushed in to have an emergency caesarean and Parker was born weighing 1.2 kilograms. He was put on a ventilator straight away, while Deanna was cared for and given three blood transfusions.

Leading Mater researcher and physiotherapist Dr Hough said the donation from Golden Casket was greatly appreciated and necessary to carry out research projects like this that improved health outcomes for seriously ill and premature babies at Mater. Sue van der Merwe, Chief Operating Officer of Golden Casket said, “we are delighted to be able to assist with funding research projects like this one, helping to improve the lives of Queensland’s mothers and babies”.

$1.5 million in children's health donations

    Right from day one, Golden Casket funds helped the community. After initially raising money for World War One diggers and their dependents, the focus moved to health. Monies raised by Golden Casket funded the building of the original Brisbane Women's Hospital and Brisbane General Hospital and Golden Casket funds are also said to have made the free public hospital service possible in Queensland.

    Today this legacy continues. Each year since 1992, Golden Casket has made an annual $1.5 million donation shared equally by the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Mater Foundation and Queensland Health to fund numerous child health care projects across the State.

    Sine 2014 alone, Golden Casket has donated $1 million into the Children's Hospital Foundation and $500,000 to the Mater Foundation.

Queensland police child abduction alert

    Golden Casket has joined forces with the Queensland Police Service supporting the introduction of Australia's first Child Abduction Alert system. The system, which will enable media broadcasts of details relating to child abductions – has now been rolled out state-wide. In assisting Queensland Police with this system, Golden Casket and our extensive agency network may provide valuable assistance in deterring and capturing abductors and returning children as soon as possible.

National Starlight Children’s Foundation Partnership

Golden Casket is also a long standing supporter of the Starlight Children’s Foundation in Queensland and is proud to be a Foundation Partner of the brand new Starlight Express Room in the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital officially opened in March 2015.

Every minute of every day a child is admitted to hospital in Australia. With a Starlight Express Room in every major children’s hospital in Australia and more than 100 Captain Starlights nationally, Starlight supports all hospitalised children and their families, regardless of illness, injury or age.

Starlight relies solely on the community to deliver its Starlight Express Room and Captain Starlight hospital programs and its wish granting program. Golden Casket is thrilled to be part of a national lotteries partnership with Starlight.

Starlight Day

    Starlight Day is held annually on the first Friday in May and is Starlight’s biggest annual fundraising event. Each year Starlight supporters and the community raise funds to help transform the hospitalisation and treatment experience for sick kids and their families. Learn more about Starlight Day.

    In 2015, Starlight aimed to raise $1.3 million to give the gift of play to more than 30,000 seriously ill children through the delivery of their programs in every children’s hospital in Australia, seven days a week.

    In 2016, Golden Casket has contributed to a donation to fund the access of 2,564 kids to the Starlight Express Room. Starlight are also engaging the public to get involved and host a StarBQ to fundraise during the months of May and June. Every dollar raised will go towards helping Starlight deliver programs to brighten the lives of seriously ill children. Find out more about StarBQ.

    View the Starlight Day 2016 Video.

    To help Starlight continue to provide these important programs, simply make a donation at www.starlight.org.au. A donation of just $39 provides one child with access to Starlight’s hospital programs.

    Jasmine’s Story

    Seven-year-old Jasmine can be a little shy at first, but once she opens up she’s a lot of fun – she loves dancing, arts and crafts and playing sport whenever she can. She is normally full of energy. That’s why her mum, Vanessa, knew something wasn’t right when she had a cold that lingered much longer than normal. Jasmine was pale and lethargic, not herself at all.

    Vanessa took Jasmine to the doctor, who recommended some blood tests – just in case. It’s what any parent would do, never suspecting anything would be seriously wrong. It was the day before Mother’s Day when Jasmine had the blood tests. Mother’s Day will never be the same again for this family.

    The test results came back, and within hours their whole lives had been turned upside down. Jasmine had leukaemia.

    At the beginning, Jasmine didn’t understand what was going to happen. When they arrived at the hospital, she saw some other children who had lost their hair as a result of their chemotherapy. Vanessa remembers her saying, “Oh, Mum, they’re so much sicker than me. At least I’m not going to lose my hair or anything.” It broke Vanessa’s heart to have to explain that she would, in fact, lose her hair, and much more.

    Ten months of intensive chemotherapy started straight away. Vanessa said they never would have gotten through Jasmine’s treatment without Starlight. “Jasmine’s reward after having her chemo was to be able to go up to the Starlight Express Room at the end of the day,” she said. “And if she was too sick, the Captain Starlights would come down to the ward with some activities for her.”

    Jasmine loves playing in the Starlight Express Room with the friends she’s made there. She’s spent hours and hours playing princesses with the Captain Starlights, laughing and being silly just the way she should. Because in the Starlight Express Room, she isn’t “Jasmine who has cancer”, she’s “Princess Jasmine”! She isn’t defined by her illness – she’s just a normal kid having fun, and she can forget all about doctors and tests and being in hospital.

    “We’ve been through a really horrible, tough time,” said Vanessa, “but Starlight made everything a lot easier. We’ll always be grateful.”

Race to Shine

     

    Race to Shine is an Amazing Race-style event that is run on Starlight Day in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.  It requires a team to co-ordinate a mission across the city in a given period of time competing with other teams for the lucrative title of winner. Teams help raise money for Starlight by getting sponsors for their efforts.

    Tatts was thrilled to have a team participate in the 2015 Race to Shine and looks forward to next year for what is sure to be another fantastic event.

Starlight Express Room

    On Wednesday 25 March 2015 Golden Casket was pleased to help celebrate as Foundation Partner, the official opening of the new Starlight Express Room at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.

    The ultramodern Starlight Express Room is a medical-free space where Captain Starlight delivers fun, joy and laughter via distractive therapies to sick kids and their families who need a break from the relentless cycle of medical treatment and procedures.

    Open seven days a week, the new space was designed using the findings of the latest research on the impact of architecture, interior design and lighting on the health and wellbeing of children in hospital. The colour scheme and fittings reflect natural colours and themes to promote a friendly and flexible environment that supports play and entertainment, as well as relaxation and which will help brighten the lives of seriously ill children and teens.

    See the Starlight Express Room.

Starlight Wishes

    As part of its national program, Starlight grants around 500 wishes to seriously ill children each year. A Starlight Wish is like a dream come true for a seriously ill child and sharing a special, once-in-a-lifetime wish brings a family together, giving them something positive to look forward to and a break from the relentless cycle of pain and trauma helping them to get through the really hard days. Seven out of ten Starlight children recover from their illness and many parents say their Starlight Wish marked their turning point.

    As a proud supporter of Starlight, Golden Casket was pleased to announce the donation of two Starlight wishes in celebration of Starlight Day in May 2015. See the handover in the Starlight Express Room. 

    In addition, Golden Casket donated four Starlight Wishes as part of the Brisbane City Christmas celebrations in December 2015.

Great Adventure Challenge

    The Great Adventure challenge is an exciting, demanding and fun outdoor team event, designed to test and push the limits of corporate teams.

    Teams of eight are faced with a range of activities from navigation, mountain biking, trail running, kayaking and mystery tasks in a fresh, upbeat and fun event that takes place over the course of a day. Details of the race are kept a secret until the day, adding an extra challenge for all teams. A typical course involves eight legs, with transition stops between to recharge, refuel and rotate the team.

    Adventurers don’t need to be professional athletes or experts in all disciplines as the event is based on working, training and competing together as a team. Teams are encouraged to raise funds for Starlight and achieve time bonuses for their teams.

    A Golden Casket team participated in the Great Adventure Challenge in November 2015.  If you would like to get involved in what is sure to be a fun and challenging day out, visit greatadventurechallenge.com.au for more information.

    Dates:

    WA – Saturday 30th July 2016

    QLD – Saturday 8th October 2016

    NSW – Saturday 22nd October 2016

    VIC – Saturday 19th November 2016

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Golden Casket Funds Gold Lotto Light Spectacular and Four Starlight Wishes this Christmas – December 2015

As a long standing supporter of the Queensland community Golden Casket was proud to again sponsor the “Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular” as part of “The City Christmas” celebrations in Brisbane.

From 11 December 2015, the Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular transformed Brisbane’s historic City Hall into a Christmas wonderland featuring a magnificent 3D animated show appearing on the entire façade of Brisbane’s iconic grand dame.

Golden Casket is also a proud supporter of the Starlight Children’s Foundation and as part of the Brisbane community celebrations was pleased to have presented Starlight with four Starlight Wishes to help make dreams come true for sick Queensland children for Christmas.  These wishes, funded from profits, are granted by Starlight, to brighten the lives of seriously ill Queensland children and their families.

A Starlight Wish is quite literally a dream come true for a seriously ill child, giving them and their families a break from the relentless cycle of pain and trauma, and the strength to face treatment and keep fighting. Seven out of 10 Starlight children go on to successfully fight their illness and many parents claim the Starlight Wish marked the turning point in their child’s recovery.

To help make a sick child’s dream come true, donate here: www.starlight.org.au

See the Gold Lotto Light Spectacular.

Golden Casket - Presenting Partner of Channel Nine Telethon 2015

    Golden Casket was proud to once again be one of the presenting partners of the Channel Nine Telethon in 2015.

    The Channel Nine Telethon is a state-wide appeal harnessing the generous spirit of Queenslanders towards a very special cause – our children. Funds raised helped the Children’s Hospital Foundation work wonders for sick kids by funding life-saving medical research, investing in vital new equipment and providing comfort, entertainment, family support and care programs.

    Queenslanders can support this great cause by donating at Golden Casket outlets or online at 9telethon.com.au or they can organise a street collection in their neighbourhood or a fundraising event with friends or family. For further information on how to get involved with the Channel Nine Telethon, visit 9telethon.com.au

$500,000 Mater Foundation Donation - June 2015

In celebration of Golden Casket’s proud relationship with the Mater Hospital which dates back to 1921, Golden Casket Chief Operating Officer Sue van der Merwe presented a cheque for $500,000 to the Mater Foundation. This donation, funded from Golden Casket proceeds, has been an annual event since 1992 and will be used to support important research projects to improve the health of mothers and babies.

One such project is the ongoing research aimed at developing a ground breaking treatment option to protect preterm babies from disabilities. Almost 1 in 10 babies are born preterm, many of whom will face lifelong disabilities such as cerebral palsy. The initial research, funded by the annual Golden Casket donation, is the first study in the world to show that preterm babies rapidly become sulphate deficient unless the mother has received magnesium-sulphate.

Sulphate is an important nutrient for healthy growth and development and is supplied from mother to baby during pregnancy. While infants born at full-term are able to make sulphate, the initial research has shown that preterm infants have not yet developed the mechanisms to do this, missing out on this protective link. The findings from this initial research have allowed Mater researchers to move forward with a much larger study to prove this protective link, which if successful would pave the way for a much simpler treatment option to be given to preterm babies soon after birth.

Golden Casket Chief Operating Officer Sue van der Merwe said she is very proud of Golden Casket’s ongoing partnership with Mater Foundation which helps improve the lives of Queensland mothers and babies.

“It is wonderful to see the positive impact of our annual contribution to this important ground breaking research conducted by the Mater.” Mrs Van Der Merwe said. This research initiative was just one of the projects funded through Golden Casket’s annual donation to the Mater Foundation.

Broadcast Sponsor of the Channel 9 Children’s Hospital Telethon - October 2014

Golden Casket was proud to be a major partner and telecast sponsor of the inaugural Channel 9 Children’s Hospital Telethon on 11 October 2014. The Telethon was a major statewide appeal harnessing the generous spirit of the public towards supporting a very special cause, the new Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Golden Casket has a longstanding history of supporting children’s health and wellbeing and since 1992 has donated over $33 million from proceeds to help fund valuable research and programs across Queensland.

Golden Casket was thrilled to kick-start the Telethon with a donation of $1.1 million dollars on Channel 9’s The Today Show. Within the first 15 minutes of the telecast lines opening, $50,000 had been pledged, with the final tally raising over $9.2 million.

Funds raised went to supporting the Children’s Hospital Foundation, the official charity of the former Royal Children’s Hospital Brisbane and the new Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. The Foundation aims to save lives and improve the health of sick children by funding research, medical equipment, clinical programs, and supporting patient care with a passionate 500+ volunteer workforce and patient entertainment programs.

The Telethon is held annually and will continue to raise money for life saving research, equipment and services for the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and children’s hospitals throughout Queensland.

Golden Casket donation to the Children’s Hospital Foundation - June 2014

On the 4th June 2014, Golden Casket donated $500,000 from proceeds to the Children’s Hospital Foundation Queensland. Golden Casket has a long-standing commitment to working wonders for sick kids at the Children’s Hospital and since 1992, has donated around $11 million. This year’s donation of $500,000 will further assist the urgent research that has been conducted by Associate Professor Michael Nissen and Professor Theo Sloots, to develop a specific diagnostic test for parechovirus in babies.

Since December 2013 there has been11 confirmed cases of babies in Queensland with parechovirus infections. Currently, 46 babies in Australia have been confirmed positive with parechovirus infections.

Parechovirus is a respiratory and enteric virus which usually causes fever, irritability rash and diarrhoea, but in severe cases, can develop into hepatitis or encephalitis.

The support of Golden Casket has allowed Queensland Paediatric Infectious Diseases (QPID) to respond quickly to the new virus that affects the brain of young children, and in severe cases can result in death. From a laboratory point of view, a ‘test’ that was developed three years ago by Associate Professor Ian Mackay from QPID together with Dr Vikram Vaska, a Fellow that was funded by Golden Casket Proceeds and the Children’s Hospital Foundation for QIPD. The test enables quick diagnoses to identify patients that are infected therefore get appropriate clinical management.

Currently there is no vaccine to protect children from parechovirus infection.

Professor Theo Sloots advised, “Our speciality is to diagnose unusual infections. From previous research we had a test available for parechovirus, and used it to diagnose the outbreak in Bundaberg. We are making this test widely available by transferring this test to the Pathology Queensland central laboratory so it can be used regularly and become part of routine testing.

“Awareness and ongoing research is vital and this comes from ongoing funding. If we don’t have funding, research stops.”

Professor Theo Sloots summarised parechovirus, “We don’t know what the long term affects are. The virus is newly recognised and we don’t know enough about it and the disease it can cause. Funding from Golden Casket allows us to do that important further study that is necessary before we can develop an effective treatment or a vaccine.”

Golden Casket General Manager Group Lottery Operations Sue van der Merwe said Golden Casket is very proud of its long relationship with the Children’s Health Foundation.

“This year’s donation of $500,000 will further assist the urgent research that has been conducted by Associate Professor Michael Nissen and Professor Theo Sloots, to develop a specific diagnostic test for parechovirus in babies.”

Lilly’s mother Kimberley said, “We owe everything to the medical team at the Royal Children’s Hospital Brisbane, in particular researchers at Queensland Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Golden Casket for their generous donation that will help other babies that need fast diagnoses and testing for parechovirus. Lilly is still with us, and doing OK.”

$500,000 Mater Foundation Donation - March 2014

In celebration of Golden Casket’s proud relationship with the Brisbane Mater Hospital that dates back to 1921, Bill Thorburn presented a cheque for $500,000 to the Mater Foundation. This donation, from Golden Casket proceeds, has been an annual event since 1992.

One such research project is the Pregnancy Achieving Trial (PAT) and Pregnancy Maintenance Trial (PMT) for subfertility and recurrent miscarriage, headed by Mater Fertility Service Principal Investigator Dr. Luke McLindon and the Mater Fertility & Research Team.

Mater Mothers’ Hospital in Brisbane is researching alternative natural therapy options for infertility and miscarriage, giving more couples the chance to experience the joy of their own “little miracle” thanks to funding from Golden Casket proceeds. The aim of the Mater’s research is to assess whether by correcting this underlying hormonal deficiency improvements could be seen in subsequent ovulation and enhance pregnancy rates.

Research shows that many women who present with fertility concerns have consequently been diagnosed with a hormonal deficiency in the second half of their menstrual cycle and early pregnancy. The aim of the Mater’s research is to assess whether by correcting this underlying hormonal deficiency improvements could be seen in subsequent ovulation and enhance pregnancy rates.

Golden Casket Chief Operating Officer Bill Thorburn said he is proud of Golden Casket’s continued support of the Mater Foundation which funds worthwhile projects that enhance the lives of Queenslanders.

“I’m pleased to once again hand over $500,000 from proceeds which will assist with important research projects including Dr McLindon’s trial into effective therapies to assist couples realise the dream of having a family,” Mr Thorburn said.

This research initiative was just one of the projects which will be funded through this year’s donation to the Mater Foundation.

Golden Casket Funds Gold Lotto Light Spectacular at City Hall and For Starlight Wishes - Dec 2013

As a long standing supporter of the Queensland community Golden Casket has recently sponsored the “Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular” as part of “The City Christmas” celebrations in Brisbane.

The inaugural Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular is transforming Brisbane’s historic City Hall from 13 December through to Christmas Eve featuring a magnificent 3D animated show appearing on the entire façade of Brisbane’s iconic grand dame.

A Fantastical Clockwork Christmas Toy Factory will be magically projected onto Brisbane City Hall to delight the whole community.

Golden Casket is also a proud supporter of the Starlight Children’s Foundation and as part of the Brisbane community celebrations; Sue van der Merwe General Manager Group Lottery Operations attended a presentation at the City Hall to celebrate the funding of another four Starlight Wishes by Golden Casket. These wishes donated by Golden Casket, funded from profits, will be granted by Starlight, to brighten the lives of seriously ill Queensland children and their families.

A Starlight Wish is quite literally a dream come true for a seriously ill child, giving them and their families a break from the relentless cycle of pain and trauma, and the strength to face treatment and keep fighting. Seven out of 10 Starlight children go on to successfully fight their illness and many parents claim the Starlight Wish marked the turning point in their child’s recovery.

This year, after 25 years supporting seriously ill and hospitalised Australian children and their families, Starlight is proud to grant its 8,000th wish. Starlight receives no government support and relies solely on donors, corporate partners and the community for funding.

Get involved to help raise $1.2 million to grant 185 life-changing Starlight Wishes for seriously ill and hospitalised children and their families this Christmas by visiting www.starlightmission.org.au

Donation of $500,000 to the Mater Foundation March 2013

In celebration of Golden Casket’s proud relationship with the Brisbane Mater Hospital that dates back to 1921, Bill Thorburn presented a cheque for $500,000 to the Mater Foundation. This donation from Golden Casket proceeds, has been an annual event since 1992.

The annual half a million donation goes towards equipment, well-being projects and research such as the research project, headed by Mater Children’s Emergency Paediatric specialist and Director of Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit (QISU) Dr Ruth Barker.

This project, aims to collect information by asking medical staff and families to report product related foreign body ingestion or inhalation injuries on an online reporting system. The project on the little-known dangers of children swallowing or choking on general household items, could lead to life-saving changes to the way manufacturers currently report product safety issues.

Dr Ruth Barker and her team have had to deal with cases presenting at the Mater Children’s Hospital Emergency department where children almost die from ingestion of foreign objects such as batteries. Once such case resulted in a one year old child experiencing significant burns to his oesophagus 24 hours after swallowing a button battery, an injury which lead to more than two years of surgical interventions to correct the problem. 

Information gleaned from the Dr Barker’s research project will be provided to regulators and industry bodies to call for improved regulations and standards for the manufacture and sale of household items that contain potentially harmful objects.

Golden Casket is proud to support Dr Ruth Barker and her research team at the Mater who are striving to raise awareness of the harms associated with the ingestion of foreign bodies and improve product safety awareness to ensure a safer future for Queensland children.

This research initiative was just one of 12 projects funded through last year’s donation to Mater Children’s Hospital. This year’s Golden Casket donation will go towards many worthwhile projects such as this one to improve the wellbeing of Queensland children.

Photo credits: Bill Thorburn Chief Executive Tatts Lotteries and Dr Ruth Barker, Paediatric specialist and Director of Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit (QISU)

Golden Casket Funds Light Sphere at Brisbane Festival and four Starlight Wishes – Sept 2012

Golden Casket is a long standing supporter of the Queensland community and returns this year as a sponsor of the Golden Casket Light Sphere which is lighting up Brisbane Festival at River Quay Southbank.

A giant mirrored ball, illuminated at night, the Golden Casket Light Sphere creates for magical moments on Brisbane’s river edge during the Festival.

Golden Casket is also a proud supporter of the Starlight Children’s Foundation and as part of the Brisbane community celebrations; Sue van der Merwe General Manager Group Lottery Operations attended a presentation at the Golden Casket Light Sphere at River Quay Southbank Brisbane.

The presentation was held to celebrate the return of Golden Casket as a sponsor of Brisbane Festival and to celebrate the funding of another four Starlight Wishes by Golden Casket. These wishes donated by Golden Casket, funded from profits, will be granted by Starlight, to brighten the lives of seriously ill Queensland children and their families.

Starlight aims to grant a once in a lifetime Starlight Wish for a seriously or chronically ill child every day of the year. These wishes are a dream for a child to look forward to and for the whole family to remember forever. This year there has been an unexpected and unprecedented demand for Starlight Wishes as other wish granting organisations have ceased taking new referrals, which means there are now more than 700 children and young people waiting for their Starlight Wish to be granted.

Donors are vital to Starlight since Starlight receives no government funding and can only deliver their programs with the support of partners and the community. By donating the funds for four Starlight Wishes, Golden Casket aim to bring long lasting happiness and hope to four more Queensland families with seriously ill children during their most challenging times.

To find out more about Starlight and how you can help please visit www.starlight.org.au or telephone 1300 727 827.

Golden Casket Funds 4 Starlight Wishes - Starlight Day 2012

    On Wednesday 2nd May staff from Golden Casket attended a presentation at the Starlight Express Room at The Mater Children’s Hospital in Brisbane. The presentation was held to celebrate Starlight Day and the funding of four Starlight Wishes by Golden Casket.

    The Starlight Children’s Foundation aims to transform the lives of seriously ill and hospitalised children, young people and their families and relies on the generosity of the community to support this year’s Starlight Day – Friday 4th May.

    This year Starlight needs to raise $2 million with 5,000 volunteers collecting and selling merchandise in shopping centres, central business districts and railway stations from Thursday 03 May to Sunday 06 May. Merchandise on offer this year includes flashing Starlight wands, keyrings, stress stars, star pins, shopper bags and pens, all priced at $5 each!

    Funds raised this Starlight Day will guarantee Hospital Programs such as Captain Starlight, Starlight TV, Livewire and the Starlight Express Room can be maintained in all major paediatric hospitals around the country.

    Starlight’s programs are integral to the total care of seriously ill children and young people. While the health professionals focus on treating the illness, Starlight is there to lift the spirits of the child – giving them the opportunity to laugh & play & be a child again.

    Starlight CEO Louise Baxter says, “The sad reality is that every minute of every day a child is admitted to hospital in Australia and we depend on the generosity of all our supporters and donors to reach out to every single one of these children.”

    “While Starlight programs deliver an immediate impact, they also support the longer term wellbeing and resilience of the child and the family by ensuring a sense of self is maintained and the experience of hospitalisation and treatment is more positive.”

    You can support Starlight Day 2012 online at www.starlightday.org.au or by phone on
    1300 727 827.

Golden Casket Foundation recipients commemorated

    On 7 March 2007, the recipients of the last round of Golden Casket Foundation grants were presented with commemorative plaques at a ceremony at the Botanical Gardens. Amongst them was Dr Gary Leong from the Mater Children's Hospitals (pictured with Bill Thorburn).

    Dr Leong is looking forward to commencing a pilot program called Koala. This is a child obesity clinical research program to help prevent and treat childhood obesity. Golden Casket wishes all the grant recipients well for the coming projects.

Partners

Queensland Health's Child and Youth Health Unit

    The Queensland Health Personal Health Record (PHR), proudly sponsored by Golden Casket, is a parent held resource for recording growth, developmental and health assessments, and vaccinations, which is provided free of charge to all families of newborn infants born in Queensland public and private facilities.

    The child and youth fact sheets (some are included as an inserted booklet into the PHR) are available for download.

Children’s Hospital Foundation

    Childrens Hospital FoundationPaediatric research is the key to a brighter future for sick and injured children across Queensland. Golden Casket's grant funding to the Children’s Hospital Foundation (formerly known as the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation) helps drive faster diagnoses, identify rapid healing methods and better treatments for childhood illnesses.

Mater Foundation

    Mater Children's HospitalMater Foundation fundraising has touched the lives of generations of Queenslanders by supporting clinical programs, education and research activities at Mater Hospitals. Golden Casket has supported Mater for more than 90 years with the annual donation from proceeds funding worthwhile projects that enhance the lives of Queensland mothers and babies.

Starlight Children's Foundation

    Starlight Children's FoundationThe Starlight Children's Foundation do so much to help seriously ill children and their families cope in stressful times. Their programs make a meaningful difference to people's lives when they need it most.