As part of OKP’s Year of Celebration and Children’s Week (21-29 October), we wanted to shine a light on the contribution of Australian charities raising money for the benefit of our nation’s children.
There are many incredible organisations doing fabulous work advocating for and caring for children locally and internationally. There are organisations that deal with children’s health, well-being and education. Organisations that undertake vital research to inform policy and approach. And there are organisations focused on providing safe and stable homes for approximately 15,000 Australian children that require out of home care.
Today we wanted to recognise a very small selection of the many organisations who are doing great things for our kids and contributing to the ongoing fight for children’s rights and needs across the world.
The key focus for Anglicare is to provide a variety of out-of-home services for Victorian children and families. There efforts provide a home for more than 340 Victorians every night, ensuring that children and young people can access safe living environments.
Barnardos Australia builds relationships between children, young people, their families and the community through foster care, family support and community support for children across Australia.
Berry Street have long been known for their support for children in Melbourne. They work from the belief that “All children have the same rights and fundamental need for safety, stability, love and support”. Berry Street provide services that give children at risk a safe home, emotional support and a good education.
Cottage by the Sea
Children and young people are inspired by the activities at Cottage by the Sea.They provide a variety of fun camps and activities for disadvantaged young people in a positive, healthy, seaside environment. Cottage by the Sea’s vision is that every child deserves a happy and a healthy childhood.
Deaf Children Australia
Deaf Children Australia provides a range of services for children who are deaf or hard of hearing to help them reach their potential. These services include, Psychological Service, Auslan Auskick and recreational programs.
Smiles, laughter and play are the keys to the work of The Humour Foundation. Their Clown Doctors use humour therapy to bring smiles and lighten the environment for children in hospital.
Kids Under Cover
Kids Under Cover are committed to supporting young people at risk of becoming homeless. By providing studio type accommodation and scholarships for young people at risk of homelessness, Kids Under Cover ensure that disadvantaged young people have the space and resources they need to thrive.
Make a Wish
Make-A-Wish Australia grants wishes to children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. So far, they have granted over 8,000 wishes. These wishes give very sick children and teenagers an exciting event to look forward to that brings them incredible joy and hope.
Murdoch Children’s Institute
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute are dedicated to seeing that all children can live a healthy and fulfilled life. Their scientific research has led to great steps forward in the prevention and treatment of diabetes, allergies and asthma.
OzChild often works with children who are in the ‘too hard’ basket. Through foster care, health and welfare support, respite care, educational support they aim to give every young person the chance to shine.
Ronald McDonald House
Ronald McDonald House provide a ‘home away from home’ for families of seriously ill children while their child has treatment in hospital. This allows them to stay together and be close to their child when they need their support.
Shepherd Centre provide a family-centred early intervention program to teach children born deaf or hearing impaired how to develop spoken language. They continue to provide a range of services to 500 families across Australia and are recognised world-wide for their early intervention and family assistance programs. Their vision is to enable children who are deaf and hearing-impaired to develop spoken language, so they may fully participate in the world, and in doing so, reach their full potential.
The Alannah and Madeline Foundation
Ensuring that all children are safe from violence is what The Alannah and Madeline Foundation strive to do. Through care programs, prevention programs and advocacy work the Foundation care for and advocate for the safety and wellbeing of all children, especially those who have experienced or witnessed serious violence or bullying.
Variety helps all children reach their full potential no matter what their ability or background by providing mobility and communication for families living with sickness, disadvantage or disability. The Variety team help families access vital equipment such as wheelchairs and medical supplies, as well as giving schools and organisations access to equipment and transport for students who need assistance.
Find out more about Children’s Week at the Children’s Week Council of Australia website. CWCOA