Laughter is the best medicine

Volunteers from the Lismore Starlight Support Group (l-r) Bob Mowle, Sandra Patton, Jodie Sawyer and Tina Pagura (front) with not one, but two Captain Starlights, at Lismore Base Hospital on Wednesday.

The children at Lismore Base Hospital were excited to meet Captain Starlight from the Starlight Foundation on Wednesday, and there was also one big kid who was just as keen to make their acquaintance.

Lismore Starlight Childrens Foundation Support Group chairman Bob Mowle and a team of volunteers have been raising money for the last 18 months to provide wishes to seriously ill children, yet in all that time Bob had never met the Foundations mascot.

Being there today at the hospital was a buzz for me because it was the first time I had met Captain Starlight and seen the show, said Bob, and its just done in such great spirit.

Bob, a father of three and grandfather of four, said he realised how lucky he was to have healthy children who havent so much as broken a bone despite their passion for rugby and how hard it must be for parents to watch their children suffer.

Since it started the Lismore Starlight Support Group has raised over $15,000 to grant wishes, giving seriously ill children a chance to live their dream.

Captain Starlight was in Lismore as part of the 50 Towns in 50 Weeks program, visiting 106 hospitals around Australia to bring laughter to sick children and raise the profile of the Starlight Foundation.

It doubles as a spaceship, said Captain Starlight of his bright purple van, and people get quite a surprise when we land in their town. The best bit about my job is making sick kids smile.

The Lismore Starlight Childrens Foundation Support Group is always looking for donations and more volunteers. If you can help out, phone Bob on 6625 1026.

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