A Helping Hand When Happiness Matters | The Cultivator Spring 2019

For years, Manildra Group has been proud to help the Starlight Children’s Foundation brighten the lives of seriously ill and hospitalised young Australians.

Our long-running support for children and families in need through Manildra Foundation’s partnership with Starlight has been acknowledged with a star in the new Starlight Express Room at Sydney Children’s Hospital.

In presenting the star recently to Manildra Group Director Caroline Honan, Starlight CEO Louise Baxter said the “generous support of our programs has helped thousands of sick kids in pain and fear of hospitalisation to rediscover the fun, joy and laughter of childhood – because happiness matters”.

“Manildra Foundation’s support of the Starlight Express Room continues to transform the experience of hospitalisation and treatment for thousands of these children and their families each year – now and into the future – and for making this possible, we cannot thank you enough,” said Mrs Baxter.

Ms Honan said the Starlight Express Room provided a treatment-free space that received more than 2000 visits monthly, “bringing many smiles to a family who, for the most part, are pushed to the limit”.

“This bright, medical-free haven filled with fun, music, face-painting, theatre and games feels a world away from the reality of hospital, and is a place where kids can forget about being sick,” she said.

Starlight Children’s Foundation also provides a range of in-hospital and out-of-hospital programs, including an online community connecting teens and young people, wish-granting, and the Healthier Future Initiatives program in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities.

More information on Manildra Foundation’s support for Australian charitable and community initiatives is at manildra.com.au/manildra-foundation. More information on the Starlight Children’s Foundation programs is at starlight.org.au.