CAPTAINS’ CHEER: Five-year- old Levi Keane of Goonellabah was visited by Captain Rock-it and Captain Funzies at the Lismore Base Hospital yesterday.
CAPTAINS’ CHEER: Five-year- old Levi Keane of Goonellabah was visited by Captain Rock-it and Captain Funzies at the Lismore Base Hospital yesterday. Cathy Adams

Starlight Foundation captains give joy to kids at Lismore

TWO captains brought a shine to the eyes of Levi Keane and the other children at Lismore Base Hospital yesterday.

The Starlight Children's Foundation's Captain Rock-it and Captain Funzies came all the way from "Planet Starlight" to Lismore's children's ward where they spent the day playing games, painting faces and making balloon animals with the sick kids.

High-spirited Levi said the best part of the captains' visit was the "magic tricks and songs". His mother, Lee, said she was impressed with the way the children in the ward reacted to their inter-galactic visitors.

"It's been amazing to have the captains visit, they are worth their weight in gold," Ms Keane said. "Levi and all the other kids on the ward went from being really docile to cracking up laughing when the captains arrived."

The Starlight Children's Foundation captains are able to visit Lismore Base Hospital four times a year thanks to funding from the Greater Building Society.

Greater Building Society Lismore employees Belinda Young and Lyn Frankham also spent the morning playing games with the children at the hospital.

They said while the Greater Building Society was committed to supporting the foundation financially, it was also important to be involved with the foundation on a personal level.

The pair looked as though they were enjoying the break from their desk jobs, playing charades and singing with the children.

"It's just beautiful to see the kids smile and laugh and it gives them a break from what they've got going on," Ms Frankham said.

Captain Rock-it said the aim of the visit was to brighten the lives of the children in hospital.

"What we do is we gauge what each child might like and we do activities to suit them," he said.

Yesterday was the foundation captain's third visit to the hospital.



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