The 16th annual Trek4Kidz took place 18-25 August 2012 and saw 50 people brave dirt tracks as they travelled from Cessnock to Griffith to help transform the lives of seriously ill kids and their families by raising $95,000.
Trek4Kidz is an annual week-long event where a group explores different regional areas of the Australian countryside by car. Starting in 1997, the trek has visited more than 300 towns, 35 schools and raised $1,045,000 for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
These funds would enable Starlight to grant 160 life-changing wishes or transform the hospital experience for 28,243 sick children at hospitals around Australia, including John Hunter Children’s Hospital.
This year’s trekkers will be presenting the raised funds to Captain Starlight on Wednesday 31st October at 1.30pm at the Starlight Express Room at John Hunter Children’s Hospital.
Trek Director Michelle McDonald said: “Regional communities are wonderful in rallying together in support of those in need and the community spirit shown for the Trek4Kidz event is no exception.”
“As a result of the current economic climate, fundraising is becoming increasingly challenging, sadly the numbers of seriously ill children will not decline so that’s why we are proud to support the Starlight Children’s Foundation.”
“We never tire of visiting the local communities and contributing to this worthwhile cause – the generosity of people is pretty amazing”
Starlight CEO Louise Baxter said: “Thanks to the generosity of supporters like Trek4Kidz, Starlight transforms the hospital experience with innovative programs designed to enhance a child’s total wellbeing and resilience, and give back their childhood.”
Starlight programs are integral to the total care of seriously ill children and young people – while health professionals focus on treating the illness, Starlight is there to lift the spirits of the child, giving them the opportunity to laugh and play and be a child again.
You can find out more details about the 2013 Trek by visiting trek4kidz.com.