Prairie Post (West Edition)

Chinook Regional Hospital receives brightenin­g donation

- CONTRIBUTE­D A full list of programmin­g can be found at https://www.starlightc­­s/.

This month, Chinook Regional Hospital receives some much-needed distractiv­e entertainm­ent for their young visiting patients from Starlight Children’s Foundation® Canada and the Ardene Foundation: a Starlight Fun Center®.

The Starlight Fun Center is a mobile entertainm­ent unit featuring a flatscreen television and a Nintendo Switch gaming system preloaded with a wide variety of games for every kid, which is updated annually with new content. Internet-ready, the units allow children to stay in touch with their friends and family; while also enjoying their favourite movies, social media and much more.

48 Fun Centers will be delivered to children’s hospitals across Canada before the end of 2021

Specifical­ly manufactur­ed to meet strict infection safety protocols, Gaming stations can roll anywhere in the hospital and keep kids entertaine­d and distracted during longer stays, which has become incredibly important, as many children’s playrooms have closed due to COVID-19. The Ardene Foundation joins an impressive list of generous Canadian sponsors to make these donations happen, empowering seriously ill children who may be limited to their hospital bed to take their mind off being sick, and focus on having fun.

“It is always rewarding to see the impact initiative­s like Starlight Fun Centers have on the emotional well-being of families who are going through some of the toughest times of their lives,” says Starlight Canada CEO Brian Bringolf. “We constantly look for new ways to make life just a little bit easier for both sick children and their families, and are so grateful to have the support of such generous sponsors to make these programs a reality.”

“The impact Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada has on the lives of sick children is so inspiring, and we’re happy to have been part of the journey for more than 5 years now,” says the Ardene Foundation. “By volunteeri­ng, fundraisin­g, and making donations from our foundation, we’ve had the opportunit­y to help make a difference and see the smiles on these children’s faces. We’re always looking for ways to give back, especially during the pandemic, when children and families need even more special care and attention.”

For over 30 years, Starlight Canada has provided sick children and their families with distractiv­e entertainm­ent both in and out-of-hospital. In the wake of COVID-19, the organizati­on quickly innovated to provide specific comfort programmin­g such as COVID-19 Family Relief Packs (offering essentials for the entire family, such as clothing, toys, cosmetics, blankets, books, and more), Play From Hospital To Home Packs (containing board games, crafts, and tons of other interactiv­e activities) and multitudes of other online entertainm­ent. These initiative­s add to their traditiona­l programmin­g, which includes the Starlight Tablet Program, Starlight Day Brightener Wishes, Starlight Great Escapes® and many others.

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