Clough is pleased to announce The Clough Foundation has renewed its partnership with Starlight Children’s Foundation in their mission to “brighten the lives of seriously ill and hospitalised children and young people” through supporting Starlight’s Healthier Futures Initiative in collaboration with Earbus Foundation. This collaboration creates positive healthcare experiences for children in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Clough CEO and Foundation Director, Peter Bennett said; “We look forward to continuing supporting Starlight Children’s Foundation in their endeavours to improve health clinic attendance and help enhance the community’s relationship with the healthcare system throughout Aboriginal communities.”
Starlight Partnership Manager WA, Valerie Deal said; “Starlight’s Healthier Futures Initiative was established to improve the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living in remote communities by encouraging healthy living practices through entertainment and play. By engaging with kids through song, dance and storytelling, Starlight has worked alongside health professionals to boost health clinic attendance and community confidence in the healthcare system.
“At Starlight we know happiness matters to a sick child’s development, and so we’re so thankful for Clough and The Clough Foundation’s ongoing support.”
Last year, Starlight spent more than 230 days visiting children in remote communities, including trips to Kalgoorlie, Laverton, Leonora, Yandeyarra and Carey Park.
This collaboration is committed to reducing the incidence of chronic middle ear disease throughout Indigenous and other vulnerable rural communities in Western Australia. One of the core implications of the disease being its impediment to education, it can have catastrophic effects on these communities by entrenching poverty and lower standards of living. Through the formation of such collaborative partnerships, the prevalence of the disease should be lowered, as with the discomfort typically associated with its treatment resulting in happier, healthier communities overall.