'Starlight Happiness Matters' via Edge

13 September 2022

Creative Agency: Edge

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"Starlight exists because happiness matters."

Starlight Children’s Foundation has released its new brand TVC as part of a creative campaign, highlighting the mission to bring happiness to sick kids when they need it most, through the charity’s vital hospital programs, the Starlight Express Rooms and Captain Starlight.

The campaign was created in collaboration with creative agency Edge and produced in partnership with Good Oil.

The TVC was filmed at Monash Children’s Hospital and is inspired by six-year-old Henry Jenkins’ experience in hospital with Starlight.

After being diagnosed at the start of the pandemic with Stage 5 Nephroblastoma (Wilms Tumor kidney cancer), Henry went through repeated painful procedures, operations and rounds of chemotherapy which made him feel distressed and reluctant to return to hospital.

Henry's mother Jade Jenkins, said: “The Starlight Express Room gave Henry something to look forward to and smile about again. It made him want to get the hard things out of the way, so we could go and have fun with Captain Starlight.”

The TVC is from the point of view of a sick patient highlighting the overwhelming reality of being admitted to hospital and receiving a life-changing diagnosis, as well as the painful monotony that comes with extended hospital stays. It then challenges the viewer, to ‘imagine’ this experience as a child.

The added weight of being a child shows just how important it is for Starlight to bring joy and laughter to the lives of seriously ill children and their families when they need it most.

Every minute of every day, a child is admitted to hospital in Australia. Starlight is an integral part of the care delivered in the paediatric healthcare system because serious illness and ongoing treatment can impact children’s long-term wellbeing.

This includes Starlight Express Rooms, which are medical-free spaces in every children’s hospital that give sick kids the opportunity to play, laugh and just 'be kids', allowing them to thrive mentally and emotionally, while enjoying social connections and a sense of belonging1.

Kym Forrest, general manager of Monash Children’s Hospital, said: “Starlight is such an important part of our hospital and the care we provide to our patients and their families.

"The Starlight Express Rooms provide entertainment and positive distractions for children, assisting our clinical teams to lift the spirits of our patients and support them through challenging times.”

CEO of Starlight, Louise Baxter, said: “For all of us it’s hard to imagine what it would be like to be diagnosed with an illness as serious as cancer. It is frightening. It is socially isolating and stressful. Now, imagine being a child and being faced with this. Starlight’s new campaign highlights the devastating impact of such a diagnosis and the positive impact of Starlight in transforming the experience for seriously ill children and young people.

"We know what happens in childhood lasts a lifetime. Starlight exists because happiness matters and this campaign does a fantastic job of communicating this and Starlight’s important role in brightening lives.”

Edge general manager, Nicole Gardner said: “We’re incredibly proud to work with an organisation like Starlight that makes such a huge impact on the lives of seriously ill children and their families.

"While highlighting some of the more distressing aspects of these hospital experiences can be confronting, it strongly reinforces the importance of their work. The fact that these kids can still have reason to smile is a testament to that."

The brand TVC has been released as part of Starlight’s marketing rollout activity across free-to-air and subscription TV, radio, print, digital and social and OOH channels. It’s available in 60-second and 30-second spots.

The campaign is running across a variety of free to air and paid channels, with media generously donated through media partners secured by global media agency Orion Worldwide.


Client: Starlight Children’s Foundation

Kristie Caddick, Head of Marketing & Fundraising

Melissa Gamble, National Marketing & Communications Manager

Jenny Truong, Marketing Executive

Brent Riley, Marketing Assistant

Beck Parker, Program Manager

Creative Agency & Strategy: Edge

General Manager: Nicole Gardner

Executive Creative Director: Simon Langley

Planning Director: Caitlin Ammann

Senior Art Director: James Gillespie

Senior Copywriter: David Arns

Producer: Grace Sheridan

Production House: Good Oil

EP/Partner: Sam Long

Head of Production: Chana McLallen

Director: Taylor Ferguson

Director of Photography: Simon J Walsh

Production Manager: Chloe Brennan

Online & Grade: ARC EDIT

Executive Producer: Daniel Fry

Editor: Phoebe Taylor

Online + Grade: Daniel Molony

Sound Design & Composition: Rumble Studios

Sound Designer: Tone Aston

Producer: Siena Mascheretti

Composer: Jeremy Richmond

Casting: Chicken & Chips

Media Agency: Orion Media

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