Halyard Australia donates $10,000 to Starlight Children’s Foundation

Halyard Australia has presented Starlight Children’s Foundation with a $10,000 donation as healthcare workers across Australia and New Zealand supported the company’s call to help raise money for sick children.

Halyard’s fundraising program, “Thumbsies,” challenged healthcare workers to give their thumbs up to caring for sick children by decorating their thumb and taking a photo of it. Halyard donated $5 for every healthcare worker’s decorated thumb. Over 1,000 ”thumbsies” were received, raising over $5,000 for Starlight. The amount was then matched by Halyard.
“The donation will support Starlight with the delivery of its in-hospital programs, providing access to over 200 children and young people across seven major paediatric hospitals in Australia in 2016,” said Holly Roberts, state partnerships manager, NSW. “Starlight programs provide an immediate benefit - by allowing a child to laugh and be distracted from their illness which can generate long-term benefits for children and young people’s development.

“The donation will also support Starlight’s innovative 'Livewire' program recently introduced in New Zealand. Livewire is a safe online community connecting teens and young people experiencing serious illness or disability.”

“We are delighted that our contribution will make a difference to so many sick children,” said Stephen Campbell, vice president - Halyard Health Asia Pacific. “I want to thank all the healthcare workers across Australia and New Zealand who got involved. Halyard supports the physical well-being of kids by providing products that help prevent infection, eliminate pain and speed recovery. We also offer specialised care in respiratory and digestive health. Together with Starlight we are working with clinicians to move care forward, an investment we make today in pursuit of a better, healthier tomorrow for sick children.”