Ian’s Starlight Legacy
Ian’s legacy is the thousands of seriously ill children’s lives Starlight brightens every day. Always the entrepreneur it was Ian’s vision and tenacity which delivered Captain Starlight from Planet Starlight and into the Starlight Express Rooms for the sick kids and their families - programs still unique in the world. While Ian was considered by many the “creator and guardian” of these programs he was also a Starlight Wish granting volunteer and Ian never ceased to be inspired by the joy and hope provided by a life changing Starlight wish. Ian then went on to be part of our founding Board for Livewire, supporting seriously ill and hospitalised adolescents - so in our 30 years Ian has made a significant contribution to Starlight children and their families.
Ian Kennedy OAM has always been part of Starlight - he is part of Starlight’s DNA. Ian always wanted Starlight programs to be true to Starlight’s Mission and to brighten the lives of Australia’s seriously ill kids and their families.
For Ian, the need of the child was always central to everything. Whenever a decision was to be made Ian always asked “what would be best for the Starlight child?”. Ian will always be with us as long as this question remains part of Starlight. And it will.
Ian Kennedy was a member of our Starlight founding board and at various times was our Starlight Chair, our President and in more recent years a Starlight Patron. It is not surprising he has requested a gift to Starlight in his memory.
There will be many who would say they have been blessed to have known him, people who would recognise that twinkle of mischief he often had in his eye, friends who have laughed uproariously at his stories and sometimes been perplexed by his stubborn streak.
Ian has enjoyed a life well lived - a life full of purpose. He will be missed by all and our thoughts are with his family and friends.
On behalf of Ian’s family - thank you.