Melbourne Storm is today delighted to announce Starlight Children’s Foundation as the Club’s major charity partner for the 2017 NRL season.

This new partnership will see Storm work closely with Starlight to help grant Starlight Wishes and unique experiences to seriously ill children or young people.

Every minute of every day, somewhere around Australia, there is a child admitted to hospital.  Starlight Express Rooms provide a treatment-free respite for sick kids and their families.

A Starlight Wish is a dream come true for a seriously ill child giving them and their family something positive to look forward to during treatment.

This partnership will allow Storm players to make a difference in a meaningful way.

Storm players Billy Slater, Josh Addo-Carr and Nelson Asofa-Solomona visited the Starlight Room on Wednesday.

The boys spent time playing, laughing and having fun with the kids ahead of Thursday night’s first home game of the 2017 season.

“Melbourne Storm is thrilled to announce Starlight as the Club’s major charity partner,” Storm CEO Dave Donaghy said.

“Starlight replaces pain, fear and stress with fun, joy and laughter for sick kids and their families and we are proud to be partnering with Australia’s most trusted children’s charity.”

“Partnering with Starlight was an easy decision, our Club values of Family, Respect and Passion align with Starlight and the significant work they do for these families.  

“Storm players and staff are committed to engaging with the Starlight families and will play an integral part in making the relationship between the two organisations a success.”

Starlight Children Foundations’ CEO Louis Baxter said the charity was equally delighted to partner with Storm:

“Every dollar that goes into our vital programs must first be fundraised. As Starlight receives no government funding, partnerships like Melbourne Storm’s are essential in supporting programs such as Wishgranting, which deliver once-in-a-lifetime experiences for sick kids and their families.

“We are very excited to have partnered with the club, and truly appreciate their support.”