StarlightChildren’sFoundation By Abby Dawson and Lauren Bartlett-Bragg
History• Since being formed as an Australian childrens charity in 1988, the ‘startlight children foundation’ has brightened the lives of incredibly ill and hospitalised children and families though out Australia.• Living day-to-day with a serious illness or injury causes enormous strain in the lives of families and their children. The loneliness, isolation and the pain that ill children feel takes over their lives, as a result of this they often miss out on normal experiences that healthy children take for granted.
Purpose• The ‘Starlight foundation’ provides programs to help with the total care of seriously ill children. While health professionals focus on treating the illness, the Starlight foundation is there to brighten the spirits of the child, giving them the opportunity to laugh, play, and be a child again.• The Starlight foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for chronically ill children
Employers• At the foundation there are 5 departments that have paid employees. They are: operation and finances, programs, partnerships, marketin g and campaigns, and people and culture.• The foundation also relies on volunteers from across the world.
In charge?• Starlight foundation was founded by Emma Samms, and her cousin Peter Samuelson.• Starlight CEO is Louise Baxter, who is in charge of most things today in regard to the foundation
Methods of raising money• The foundation relies on monthly donations but does not recieve any government founding and relies primarily on support, donations and volunteers.• Corporate ideas: Sell merchandise in the office or host Star party for charity (all proceeds go to Starlight foundation)• School ideas: Have a fancy dress day, sausage sizzle, sell merchandise, or colouring in completion at school (all proceeds go to Starlight foundation)• General public ideas: Set up personalised donation page, buy merchandise, and give a friend a donation gift.
Location• The foundation has offices located though out the US with headquarters located in Los Angeles, California.• The foundation has offices located in Canada, the UK, Australia and Japan
2 Interesting facts• The Starlight foundation was founded in response to Emma Samms younger brother Jamie dying at age 9 from aplastic anaemia• A child is admitted to hospital in Australia every minute of every day, for thousands of these children the diagnoses of a serious or life-threatening illness is detected.