December 16, 2022

Captain Starlight visits the Children’s Ward

Today, the Starlight Children’s Foundation launched ‘Planet Starlight’ at Northern Health.

Planet Starlight complements the Starlight Children’s Foundation physical presence in hospitals across the country by offering a digital alternative, connecting hospitalised kids with the child-led magic of Captain Starlight anytime, anywhere.

Captain Starlight visited our Children’s Ward, bringing with them bubble wands and musical instruments to entertain the young crowd

“We haven’t been able to visit Northern Health for three years because of the pandemic, so being back here today is really great,” said Samantha Urquijo Garcia, Starlight Children’s Foundation Program Innovation Project Lead.

“We’re so happy to be able to leave a digital resource here with staff so that sick kids can connect with Captain Starlight anytime they want.”

Planet Starlight has a digital ‘play space’ filled with distraction and entertainment, as well as other interactive games, like sending in artwork via ‘Rocket Mail’ or chatting to Captain Starlight via a secure online chat platform.

“Planet Starlight will really help to boost morale and the platform will encourage the kids to connect with each other while they’re here,” said Alecia Caddy, Ward 2 Nurse Unit Manager.

“Getting the kids to focus on something other than what they’re going through here in hospital is always a great idea.”

Planet Starlight aims to reach hospitalised kids for 100,000 experiences per year, from right here at Northern Health and all across Australia.

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