Help sick children in February simply by swimming laps

The Starlight Children’s Foundation is encouraging Australians across the country to dive in and make waves for sick children for its fourth annual Super Swim Challenge.
The swimming challenge aims to raise $3 million to help bring happiness to more than 76,000 sick children. It swims from February 1 to February 28.

All participants are welcome, regardless of age and physical condition. By taking a swim at the location of their choice – garden pool, aquatic center or even a beach or lake – they will raise funds to support Starlight’s vital hospital services, including Captain Starlight and Starlight Express Rooms at scale national.

Supported by former professional athletes and proud Swimming Super Ambassadors Mick Fanning OAM, Brooke Hanson OAM, Libby Trickett OAM and Kieran Perkins OAM, the initiative encourages all Australians to get active for a good cause.

“Starlight holds a special place in my heart as it supported my family through extremely difficult days in the hospital,” says Brooke Hanson OAM.

“Whether it’s a simple hand on the shoulder to say ‘everything is fine’ or a cup of tea in the Starlight Express room, it really makes a difference – I’ve seen it firsthand . So in February, I encourage you to grab your Speedos and join me for this year’s Super Swim. Together we can make a difference for sick children and their families.

Australian Olympians and professional athletes including Zoe Stubblety-Cook, Melissa Hauschildt and Lani Pallister also support Super Swim.

Every minute of every day, a child is hospitalized in Australia. What comes next for thousands of children is a life-changing diagnosis – many months to follow after treatment and hospital stays are completed. Starlight CEO Louise Baxter says Starlight has been there for many sick children throughout the challenges of the past two years.

“Only with the help of the community can we continue to be there for sick children when they need it most,” she says. “Every dollar spent on our vital services must first be raised through the generosity of the community. As little as $39 will allow a sick child to access our vital hospital services.

About Starlight Children’s Foundation

The Starlight Children’s Foundation brightens the lives of seriously ill and hospitalized children and youth by replacing pain, fear and stress with fun, joy and laughter. Since its inception in 1988, Starlight has grown to become Australia’s largest and most reputable children’s charity and has been awarded the Most Innovative Company Award by the AFR (government sector, Education and NFPs) in 2020. There is now a Starlight Express room in nine children’s hospitals. across Australia and over 760 Captain Starlights nationwide. In 2020, Starlight granted more than 386,944 positive Starlight experiences for children, teens and their families, including 726,000 Fun with Captain Starlight experiences and 326 Starlight Wishes.

PICTURE: Zac Stubblety-Cook, Mick Fanning, Brooke Hanson – Starlight Super Swim Ambassadors

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