The Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada Introduces Hiya Into Their Collection! #Giveaway#HolidayGiftGuide CAN 12/16

| November 26, 2014 | 37 Comments

For the past six years, Starlight Foundation ™ Canada have collaborated with Toys “R” Us to release a Limited Edition Starlight Bear in order to raise funds for the Starlight Foundation Canada. This year’s addition to this collection is Hiya, named and designed by brothers Matteo and Nicco who are both seriously ill children that this charity support. A portion of the sales from Hiya will go towards Starlight’s in and out-of-hospital programs that help to bring more joy to lives of these children.


Starlight Children’s Foundation™Canada is part of Starlight’s global network, helping kids and families through partnerships with more than 130 healthcare facilities. For over 30 years, Starlight has become a leading global charity that partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world. Working with innovators in pediatric healthcare, entertainment and technology, Starlight provides a unique blend of family-centered programs and services for children that need care both while they are at the hospital and at home. Starlight partners with more than 1,750 healthcare facilities and pediatric hospitals in Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, serving millions of children every year.

As I previously stated, Matteo (5) and Nicco (3) were given the honour of designing this year’s Starlight Bear. Both boys have been diagnosed with cancer. Matteo has Rhabomyosarcoma (a form of bladder cancer) resulting in Matteo having to have his bladder and prostate removed. His little brother Nicco was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, and has his big brother, Matteo with him while he goes through chemotherapy.

MAtteo and Nicco Collage

Where did Matteo and Nicco come up with the name Hiya for this year’s Starlight Bear? “Hiya” is a term that their grandmother uses meaning “sleepy sleepy.” The boys also have a double-sided blanky with the same name. When designing this year’s Starlight Bear, the boys wanted the bear to feel just like their blanky, so Hiya’s fur was make to just like it. Matteo and Nicco added a gold and purple ribbon on the bear’s foot to promote awareness for childhood cancer.

Hiya Features Collage

The Starlight Foundation™ Canada was generous enough to send my family a bear from this year’s edition of the Starlight Bear. My children’s eyes lit up with glee as I introduced them to Hiya. My younger daughter took to Hiya right away, cuddling and snuggling it on our couch. Since she thought it was tired, she then put Hiya down for a bit of a snooze. My son also loves Hiya. He loves Hiya’s soft fur and he is happy to have Hiya as a part of our family. I loved all of small little touches that Matteo and Nicco put into designing Hiya to make this bear so cuddly and welcoming.

Kids Collage

Through the support of employees and customers, Toys “R” Us Canada has raised over $12 million for Starlight in the past 15 years.

Hiya, this year’s Limited Edition Collectable Starlight Bear, will be available at Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores across Canada and online for $14.99.

This bear is a great idea this holiday season for any child to receive. By giving Hiya to a child, you will also be giving to children in need that are supported by Starlight Foundation Canada!

If you would like more information about Starlight Foundation ™ Canada, you can connect with them on their website, as well as on their Facebook, Twitter(#Hiya), and YouTube pages!

You can also connect to Toys “R” Us on their website, as well as their Facebook and Twitter pages!

Happy snuggling!


Disclousure: I received a Hiya Bear in order to write this review.  The opinions expressed are honest and my own.



HIya Feature

The Starlight Foundation ™ Canada is giving away a Hiya Bear to a lucky Ottawa Mommy Club reader!

The ARV is $14.99.

All you have to be eligible to win is to enter this giveaway!

The giveaway is open to Canadian Residents and ends on December 16th, 2014 at 11:59 EST.

Good luck!

Rules: Open to Canadian residents 18 +. You have 48 hours to reply by email once you are notified as the winner. If you don’t, we will draw another entry. Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. The selected winner must correctly answer a mathematical question in order to win the prize mentioned above. The Ottawa Mommy Club is not responsible for prize fulfillment and for the delivery/shipment of the prize(s) mentioned above. For our complete set of rules, please click here.

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  1. Marla says:

    They support pediatric units in hospitals and run many programs like the starlight escapes

  2. They hold Escapes and Day Brightener events in support of kids like Hunter. I love to support Charities.

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  3. Amy C says:

    They offer Out-of-Hospital Programs.

  4. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    Starlight Hospital Parties. I remember something similar when I was a constant sick kid. They help bring necessary smiles.

  5. KD says:

    They offer Starlight Wishes to children under 19 who are very ill. What a wonderful gesture to give these brave young people!

  6. Silvia D says:

    In-Hospital Programs is one they offer.

  7. Robin says:

    Great Escape events! These are wonderfully enriching experiences for kids who spend so much time in the hospital. A fun day, just for them and their families. My family has attended several in the past, wagon rides, Christmas and Halloween parties, movie premieres, summer picnics, etc. this is a very special bear, as we have met the little boys who designed it at Starlight and Candlelighter events (my eldest daughter also has cancer–remission) and they and their family are truly a testament to how a family just pulls together, finds joys in what they can, appreciates one another and learns to deal with this new normal. Inspiring!

  8. Margaret MacKenzie says:

    They give sick children Starlight Fun Kits…what a great idea and I love that they are geared to the age of the child.

  9. andie says:

    The Starlight escapes – awesome cause – thanks.

  10. Victoria Ess says:

    They offer Escapes and Day Brightener events.

  11. Maegan Morin says:

    They offer Starlight Fun Rooms which are playroom for the kids.

  12. Julie G. says:

    They offer Out of Hospital Programs, like trips to the zoo.

  13. l p says:

    Starlight Hospital Parties. thanks

  14. Andrea Amy says:

    Out of hospital programs including starlight escapes and starlight wishes 🙂
    Sounds like a wonderful program!

  15. Allie f. says:

    They Have very helpful
    Outpatient programs

  16. Amber Y says:

    One of the programs they offer is the Starlight Tablet Program. I think all of their programs are wonderful and I’m happy there are people making it happen.

  17. Piroska says:

    They offer Starlight Day Brighteners.

  18. Burcu says:

    Escapes and Day Brightener events

  19. Kiersten says:

    They offer Out-of-Hospital Programs

  20. kathy downey says:

    They offer Out-of-Hospital Programs.Awesome

  21. maria says:

    They offer Starlight hospital parties

  22. Juliee Fitze says:

    They offer Starlight Wishes to children under 19 who are very ill. I know a girl that received this and it meant the world to her.

  23. Lisa says:

    They offer Wishes to children ill children

  24. Taylor L says:

    Starlight hospital parties.

  25. angela m says:

    They offer the Starlight Hospital Parties

  26. Erika E says:

    They offer Starlight Day Brighteners. It gives a seriously ill child a fun outing to create positive memories away from the hospital, treatments and therapies.

  27. Rene says:

    The Starlight Hospital Parties sound like a great idea – kids need to feel normal!

  28. Nicole says:

    They offer Starlight Day Brighteners to give kids a fun day out of the hospital.

  29. suzi says:

    They have Day Brightener events

  30. Karine says:

    The out-of-hospital programs

  31. Pat Drouillard says:

    Starlight Hospital Parties

  32. holly o'gorman says:

    They have Starlight Hospital Parties

  33. cbrazil says:

    Starlight Fun Kits for children in hospital

  34. SueSueper says:

    Starlight Day Brighteners is one.

    Day Brighteners allow a seriously ill child to experience a fun outing and to create positive memories away from the hospital, treatments and therapies

  35. Allison says:

    Starlight Hospital Parties

  36. Angela Mitchell says:

    They offer Starlight Fun Centers.

  37. Veronica S. says:

    How wonderful this is!

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