Who doesn’t love those warm and joyful feelings during a happy moment? Imagine that same happiness, and the positive impact for a seriously ill child.

Since granting their first wish in 1989, Starlight Children’s Foundation have been bringing happiness and joy to seriously ill and hospitalised children through their vital Wishgranting program.

Based on the principles of positive psychology, Starlight’s Wishgranting program demonstrates how fun and positive distraction can positively impact a child’s overall health and wellbeing.

And while we know the lives of sick kids can be consumed by their illness, including relentless cycle of needles, treatments, pain and trauma, a Starlight Wish is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, giving sick kids a gift of happiness and positive distraction when they need it most.

This year, we’re honoured to continue our support of this unique program with a $250,000 donation that enables 38 more Starlight Wishes to be granted.

Starlight Children’s Foundation QLD Partnerships Manager Danica Bennett said the Foundation would be able to help more sick kids thanks to The Lott by Golden Casket’s support.

“A Starlight Wish is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, leaving the pain of treatment and hospitalisation behind, and replacing it with fun, joy and positive memories for the whole family. Starlight relies on the community for support, and we’re so grateful for The Lott’s ongoing partnership, enabling us to support another 38 families with a lifechanging experience”.

The Lott Partnerships Manager Liz McPherson said the impact of the Starlight Wishgranting program is so valuable in providing normality and a sense of hope for the future.

“Every child deserves to have a fun-filled life and being sick shouldn’t be a barrier to this; thanks to Starlight Wishes, hope and joy is created, which enhances their quality of life,”

“I’m so proud to support Starlight in granting these wishes, with the $250,000 donation allowing the foundation to continue to positively change the lives of sick kids and their families, even if it's just for a day.”

Today’s donation continues The Lott’s long-standing support of Starlight Children’s Foundation. The donation from Golden Casket, part of The Lott, has been funded by unclaimed prize money.