An Australian charity providing essential material aid to displaced children
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PUTTING CHILDREN FIRST - SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN ENTERING OUT OF HOME CARE AND EMERGENCY ACCOMMODATION

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What we do

Did you know that 45,000 Australian children are placed into foster care or emergency accommodation every year?
 

Often children are placed quickly into foster care or emergency accommodation without much more than what they are wearing at the time. We provide them with a few essential items to ease feelings of loss and to help with their relocation.

How to help

We operate solely on donations sought through fundraising, grants and sponsorship. We keep our overheads as low as possible (just rent on our Headquarters and two part-time employees) so most of your donations will go directly to purchasing necessary backpack items and shipping them to agencies. 

 

Your support is always very much appreciated. Please do not hesitate to ask us how you can help in other ways too.

Watch our videos to find out more, or see B4VK in action via this news clip from Channel 7.

B4VK's founder Sally Beard wins the Australian Knight award for 2020

Every Australia Day, staff at The Knight, - an organisation representing Owner Corporations Managers, recognise a worthy recipient for their Australian Knight award; someone who has demonstrated qualities that personify those of a Knight, including bravery, selflessness and leadership.

 

This year's winner was none other than B4VK founder Sally Beard, who receives a generous $10,000 donation to B4VK from the Knight - that sure is a lot of backpacks!

Here is what they had to say:

"So far Backpacks 4 VIC Kids has assisted 6,500 children and their carers across Victoria.

 

The estimated cost of a ‘My Essentials’ Pack is $50 but can save an agency or carer approximately $300, while providing priceless support and comfort to the child being placed into care.

 

The Knight has donated $10,000 to support the selfless and generous work that Sally performs for our children in need".

A huge thank you to The Knight for their support of B4VK.

B4VK Founder, Sally Beard 

Who we help

Our packs must be requested in writing using our Supply Request Form.  Requests can be submitted by the following organisations:

  • Foster care agencies

  • Department of Health and Human Services

  • Victoria Police

  • Crisis support staff and crisis accommodation facilities

  • Children's and Family Services staff

  • Refuge Facilities
     

With your support

The estimated cost of a pack is $50 (but saves an agency or carer approximately $300).

 

We have delivered over 9,000 packs to children in need since April 2015, saving agencies and carers, time and money. Thank you for your support!

Our free programs
ME Packs and ME Jnr Packs

ME stands for My Essentials. Our ME Packs help by providing quality backpacks and nappy bags to displaced children aged 0-17 years, in Victoria and Tasmania. Children may be homeless, entering Out-of-home care or emergency accommodation.

 

Backpacks and nappy bags contain size and gender appropriate contents including essential items such as toiletries, clothing, sleepwear, a torch, blanket and a toy or activity which will belong to the child, and will stay with them should they be relocated. [Read More]

 

Foster Feet Fitting Right In

We would like to acknowledge an amazing donation from Bata Shoe Co of Australia.  

 

Brand new school shoes for kids in care....lots of them!  We're looking forward to making some foster feet very happy. 
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Call us: 

(03) 8712 9545

044 455 4960

Post goods to: 

26 Remount Way Cranbourne West 3977

Visit us: 

Mon-Thurs 9:30am-4:00pm

26 Remount Way

Cranbourne West 3977

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Email us:

General enquiries and supply requests
admin@backpacks4vickids.org.au