Little Stars Launched in South Africa

Little Stars Launched in South Africa

WORLD Hospice and Palliative Care Day was on 10 October, and to celebrate and mark the occasion, the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) and local organisation Umduduzi – Hospice Care for Children, hosted the premiere of award-winning documentary “Little Stars”.

The ‘Little Stars’ documentary, produced by Mike Hill and Sue Collins of Moonshine Movies, tells the surprisingly life-affirming stories of children from around the world, including South Africa, living with life-limiting conditions and receiving support in the form of hospice and palliative care.

Tracey Brand, director of Umduduzi – Hospice care for children said: “We hosted the premiere to raise awareness; few people understand the meaning of palliative care and think of hospices as somewhere for people to die. Palliative care is not just about death and dying. It is about quality of life and helping the sick to live well, supported with symptoms that are controlled.”

The premiere and cocktail party held at Durban Girls’ College was a huge success with East Coast Radio’s Cameron Claassens as MC and performances by the popular Hinds Brothers and Keely Crocker.

KZN MEC for Finance, Belinda Scott, delivered the keynote address. MEC Scott thanked the ICPCN and Umduduzi for all they are doing to improve the lives of children living with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses.

For more information, visit www.umduduzi.co.za

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Little Stars Launched in South Africa

WORLD Hospice and Palliative Care Day was on 10 October, and to celebrate and mark the occasion, the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) and local organisation Umduduzi – Hospice Care for Children, hosted the premiere of...

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LITTLE STARS TO BROADCAST ON TRT TURKEY

Little Stars: Accomplishing the Extraordinary in the Face of Serious Illness will be nationally broadcast in Turkey this year on TRT. The Turkish Radio and Television Corporation, also known as TRT, is the national public broadcaster of...

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Little Stars: Japan Prize Finalist

INTERNATIONAL VISION To live in a world where children’s palliative care is acknowledged and respected as a unique service, and every child and young person with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and their families can receive the...

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Children’s Palliative Care- Guest Blog by Sue Boucher

Children’s Palliative Care- Guest Blog by Sue Boucher

Those of us who work in children’s palliative care all have one experience in common… seeing the sometimes surprised, sometimes sympathetic but more often the unmistakable look of shock on the faces of those who innocently ask, ‘So what work do you do?’.

The typical response:

Ohhhhh……really? That must be so hard and so depressing.”

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Romance & Rare Disease – Alexandra’s Story

Romance & Rare Disease – Alexandra’s Story

Filmed in Athens, Greece, the ‘Alexandra’s Story- Romance & Rare Disease’  short film is part of the Little Stars film series and we are grateful to all those who supported the crowdfunding campaign to make filming this story possible.

“Alexandra is, first of all, is a strong willed child.” Stavros, Alexandra’s father tells us.

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LITTLE STARS TO BROADCAST ON TRT TURKEY

LITTLE STARS TO BROADCAST ON TRT TURKEY

Little Stars: Accomplishing the Extraordinary in the Face of Serious Illness will be nationally broadcast in Turkey this year on TRT.

The Turkish Radio and Television Corporation, also known as TRT, is the national public broadcaster of Turkey.

Affectionately known to local consumers as the “School”, it was for many years the only television and radio provider in Turkey.

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Film focuses on living kids’ illnesses

Film focuses on living kids’ illnesses

It has been proven that palliative care services result in better outcomes for patients, their families and friends. But the conversation quickly halts when it comes to talking about the services available to children with life-limiting illnesses.

It’s a topic that many find too confronting , scary and sad to contemplate, but a film showing at the coming Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival hopes to open the conversation about palliative care for children in Tasmania.

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Film focuses on living kids’ illnesses

It has been proven that palliative care services result in better outcomes for patients, their families and friends. But the conversation quickly halts when it comes to talking about the services available to children with life-limiting...

The Courier – 13 October 2015

Joseph's palliative care journey | video - Olivia Shying ON JOSEPH Stewart’s sixth birthday his parents were faced with a devastating reality – their vibrant, happy child might not make it through the day. The tenacious seven-year-old was a...

Herald Sun – 6 September 2015

Why being a did is so special to me - Catherine Lambert A day rarely passes when Simon Waring did not kiss his son's soft, bright cheeks. Three years ago he kissed them for the last time. "I bent down to kiss his check and and suddenly his...

Free State Times – 3 October 2013

Bloem girl's HIV story set for big screen - Mamello Mokoena, Bloemfontein Moonshine Movies, an Australian Film company responsible for the award-winning 2012 series of short and feature-length films about pain control and pallioative care,...

eHospice – 6 December 2014

Little Stars burn bright - Rob Gill The World Cancer Congress in Melbourne last night (Friday 5 December) celebrated the official Australian launch of Little Stars, the locally-produced series of films at the heart of a global advocacy...

Neo Kosmos – 4 May 2015

Saving Little Stars in Greece - Nelly Skoufatoglou The Australian film project campaigns to help Merimna's Children's Home Care Service in Greece Little Stars is a campaign set to inform and promote the value of paediatric palliative care...

The Lancet Oncology – 1 May 2015

Little Stars - Talha Khan Burki Lancet Oncology, The, 2015-05-01, Volume 16, Issue 5, Pages 495-495, Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd “Currently the prevailing view of ‘hospice’ as it relates to children is negative”, explains the production...

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