NSW Lotteries Community Program
NSW Lotteries has a long history and connection to the New South Wales community via Draw Lotteries, now known as Lucky Lotteries, which was used to raise funds to build the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Today NSW Lotteries is continuing that long history of community support as a partner of the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
National Starlight Children’s Foundation Partnership
Starlight brightens the hospital experience for sick kids and teens, replacing pain, fear and stress with fun, joy and laughter. Starlight has a Starlight Express Room in every children’s hospital in Australia and more than 100 Captain Starlights nationally.
Every minute of every day a child is admitted to hospital in Australia. Starlight relies solely on the community to deliver its Starlight Express Room and Captain Starlight hospital programs and its wish granting program. NSW Lotteries is thrilled to be part of a national lotteries partnership with Starlight.
Starlight Day 2017
Once again the Lott through its retail brands, including Golden Casket, NSW Lotteries, SA Lotteries, and Tatts Lotteries is continuing its support of Starlight and helping to brighten the lives of seriously ill children, young people and their families at the time they need it the most. Our donation will ensure 2,564 sick kids enjoy the Starlight Express Rooms across the country.
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.
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, NSW Lotteries 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 making a donation at www.starlight.org.au. A donation of just $39 provides one child with access to Starlight’s hospital programs.
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.
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, NSW Lotteries donates four wishes a year to Starlight. See the handover in the Starlight Express Room.
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 team participated in the Great Adventure Challenge in 2016. 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.