Aussies going the distance for sick kids

19 February 2020
Libby Trickett Starlight

The Starlight Children’s Foundation’s second Super Swim challenge is encouraging Australians around the country to make a positive splash to give back to sick kids.


Held from 26 January to 24 February, Aussies of all ages and fitness levels have joined a fundraising community of more than 2,100 swimmers as they attempt to beat their personal swimming goals at a location of their choice – either their pool, the beach or local swim center.


Starlight ambassador Mick Fanning.


With more than $488,000 raised so far, this money will make a splash for sick kids by supporting Starlight’s in hospital services, including Captain Starlight and Starlight Express Rooms, which are available in every children’s hospital in Australia, seven days a week, for sick kids and their families.


Supported by former professional athletes and proud Starlight ambassadors Mick Fanning, Libby Trickett and Swimming Australia director, Kieren Perkins, 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,” Trickett said.


“They say, ‘laughter is the best medicine’ and Captain Starlights definitely provide that to hospitalised kids every single day.”


Over the last two years, Starlight has seen a 26 per cent increase in visits to its 10 Starlight Express Rooms nationally. The need for Starlight’s services in children’s hospitals has never been greater.


To support Super Swimmers, visit and donate to a specific swimmer, team, or everyone – the bigger the splash, the bigger the impact.


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