An Australian charity providing essential material aid to displaced children
PUTTING CHILDREN FIRST - SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN ENTERING OUT OF HOME CARE AND EMERGENCY ACCOMMODATION
A huge thank you to The Knight for their support of B4VK.
B4VK Founder, Sally Beard
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]
Run 4 VIC Kids
Run 4 VIC Kids is a new event that has been established to raise awareness and funds for Backpacks 4 VIC Kids. This event allows people to sign up for a distance of their choice or to select a challenge themselves, make a pledge and
fundraise for children needing care.
What we do
Did you know that 45,000 Australian children are in an out of home care placement such as foster care? There are around 4000 new placements each year in Victoria alone.
Often children are placed quickly into foster care, kinship 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 equivalent to 2.7 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.
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 9,000 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".
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
Crisis support staff and crisis accommodation facilities
Children's and Family Services staff
With your support
The estimated cost of a pack is $75 (an increase of $25 per ME Pack due to COVID19 that we aim to turn around by 2022), 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. To date Backpacks 4 VIC Kids has delivered more than $3M worth of material relief to local children. Thank you for your support!
Foster Feet Fitting Right In
We would like to acknowledge Bata Shoe Co of Australia as a major sponsor of this program. Brand new school shoes for kids in care....lots of them! We're looking forward to making some foster feet very happy. Read more here.
School Essentials Packs - Our newest program
In response to a request from Foster Care Association of Victoria, and kinship carers Australia wide, B4VK are proud to be launching our School Essentials Packs program in 2021. Basic school supplies are essential to ensuring engagement in education, and a feeling of equality. This little bit of support can make a world of difference.