When a child has a severe illness, it doesn’t just impact their physical health; it affects their whole life. They miss school, spending time with their family, building friendships and just living their life as a child should.

In Australia, we’re lucky to have one of the best healthcare systems in the world. But sick kids also need emotional and social support. That’s where Starlight steps in. 

Starlight believes every child should experience fun, joy and laughter – regardless of illness.

Starlight’s Wishgranting program is based on psychological principles demonstrating how fun can positively impact a child’s overall health and wellbeing. 

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that provides a positive distraction, helps foster empowerment, and offers a break from the monotony of hospital life – not just for the child but also for their family and community. 

This year, we’re proud to continue our support of Starlight with a $250,000 donation for 38 Starlight Wishes. The donation has been funded from Golden Casket unclaimed prize money. 

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.

“There are more than 830 sick kids currently waiting for their Starlight Wish. The need to bring positive distraction and happiness has never been more important and thanks to the continued support of the Lott, this generous donation will help grant 38 life-changing Starlight Wishes,” she explained. 

The Lott Partnerships Manager Ally Ramsamy said Starlight’s Wishgranting program gave kids with critical illnesses strength and hope for the future. 

“No matter what a child’s circumstance, they should have the opportunity to enjoy a life filled with fun, laughter and happiness,” she said.

“Thanks to Starlight Wishes, The Lott can help make a real and positive difference for kids with serious illnesses and their families. Every wish granted generates hope, creates happy memories and improves the quality of life. 

“This is why we’re proud to support Starlight by making another $250,000 donation, allowing Starlight to grant more seriously ill kids’ wishes.

“These wishes are often some of the brightest moments for these kids, and we are honoured to help 38 of their dreams come true.”

Today’s $250,000 donation continues The Lott’s long-standing support of Starlight Children’s Foundation.