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15 Dec 2020
Starlight Super Swim Challenge 2021
As part of its third annual Super Swim challenge, Starlight Childrens Foundation (Starlight) is encouraging Australian's around the country to make a positive splash to give back to sick kids.
Held from 26 January through to 24 February 2021, participants in the Starlight Super Swim Challenge will join a fundraising community of thousands as they attempt to beat their personal swimming goals and replicate the success of this year’s inaugural event, which raised more than $720,000 for the charity and you can sign up too!
Regardless of age and fitness level, all participants are welcome. By completing the swim at a location of their choice - either their pool, a beach, a lake or a local swim centre - participants will raise funds to support Starlight's Captain Starlight and Starlight Express Rooms services nationally.
Supported by Speedo, Team Speedo athletes, and former professional athletes and proud starlight ambassadors, Mick Fanning OAM, Brooke Hanson OAM, Libby Tricket OAM, and Kieran Perkins OAM, the initiative encourages all Australians to get active for a good cause.
"Starlight Express Rooms create such a positive and happy atmosphere for kids in hospitals - inside the rooms they get to be a kid again and that deserves to have as much help and support as it possibly can," Said Libby Trickett.
"They say, 'laughter is the best medicine' and Captain Starlights definitely to hospitalised kids every single day".
Every minute of every day a child is admitted to hospital in Australia. What comes next for thousands of children is a lifechanging diagnosis - many facing months on end of treatment and hospital days.
The current health situation and ongoing restrictions are impacting hospitals and sick kids in the community like never before. The need to bring joy and positive distraction to sick children has never been greater.
Starlight CEO Louise Baxter said: "Starlight has been there for sick kids throughout the challenging situation we've all faced in 2020. Only with the help of the community can we continue to be there for sick kids when they need it most.
"Starlight's challenge is that every dollar spent on our vital services must first be raised and Starlight relies on the generosity of the community. As little as $39 will give a sick child access to our vital hospital services.
"The impact of 2020 has devastated Starlight's fundraising and the future is full of uncertainty. With your support," and the support of our swimming community, "we can ensure every seriously ill child has access to the happiness that is so essential to their health and wellbeing. Why? Because happiness matters," she added.
Aiming to raise $1 million, the funds from Australia's favourite virtual swim challenge will go towards delivering happiness to over 25,600 kids across Australia.
Throughout the challenge, participants will be supported with fundraising and training tips, and will be rewarded
for their fundraising efforts with branded merchandise and other prize incentives - including Speedo equipment and accessories.
Registrations opened in November and will continue through to February 2021, with participants able to complete their swim challenge anytime throughout the 26 January to February 24 timeframe.
To participate in the Starlight Super Swim challenge as an individual, squad or via a kids' swim school, sign up at www.superswim.org.au
Simply set up a free profile, start fundraising and go the distance this new year - the bigger the splash, the bigger the impact.
To find out more, visit: www.superswim.org.au
Over the last two years, Starlight has seen a 26% increase in visits to its 10 Starlight Express Rooms nationally. The need for Starlight’s services in children’s hospitals has never been greater.
“With just $39, we can provide a sick child with access to our Starlight Express Room. Every dollar is invaluable to keep our programs running daily in every children’s hospital nationally,” said Starlight CEO Louise Baxter.
“Our 2021 Starlight Super Swim Challenge aims to raise $1 million to help more than 25,000 sick kids around Australia. Starlight’s vision is that everyone has a happy childhood because what happens in childhood lasts a lifetime and happiness matters, especially when it comes to improving health outcomes.”
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