In December 2015, King & Wood Mallesons raised $25,000 through workplace giving ‘crowdfunding’ to help the Starlight Children’s Foundation. The money raised is helping send Captain Starlights to Alice Springs in the first half of 2016, as part of Starlight’s Community Outreach Program. This program involves professional costumed performers working in partnership with health care professionals to provide distraction during clinic visits and hospital stays. This program is based in the hospital in Darwin, and also services many isolated communities throughout the Northern Territory.
One trip in early 2016 of the ‘Alice Springs Project’ involved two Captain Starlights travelling to Papunya, a small Indigenous Australian community 240km northwest of Alice Springs. This artistic community is one of the most remote places in the world and is extremely isolated from medical services. Their main medical care comes from the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Special Counsel Pria O’Sullivan went to observe the Captains in Alice Springs in May. Visiting Alice Springs Hospital Pria noted ‘the Captains do a stellar job of putting smiles on those kids’ faces whether they be 2 or 12 years old’.