What a feel good start to the weekend, even if I did shed a few tears in the process.
I have just spent the morning in a training session to become a "Wishgranter" for the Starlight Children's Charity. I have been involved with Starlight for a number of years and previously volunteered for a fortnightly 4 hour session in the Starlight Express Room at Princess Margaret Hospital (WA).
The Express Room is a place within each of the major children's hospitals that are filled with computer games, activities and toys for the sick kids and their families to play with. Plus there is Captain Starlight who is always around to put a smile on the kids’ faces and the regular visits from celebrities and sporting heroes.
Volunteering in the Express room was incredibly rewarding as you were able to help brighten the lives of these courageous kids, who were stronger than you could imagine. The smiles and laughter would stay with you right up until the next visit.
It's been a few years since I was involved with the SER and with work commitments I was looking for a new way of being involved. Wishgranting is a wonderful opportunity that has presented itself. Basically there are a large number of children currently awaiting 'wishes' and Starlight requires volunteers to be assigned a child and help manage their wish from a dream to reality.