An Australian charity providing backpacks and nappy bags to Victorian children entering foster care and emergency accommodation.
SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN ENTERING OUT OF HOME CARE AND EMERGENCY ACCOMMODATION
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.
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
Crisis support staff and crisis accommodation facilities
Children's and Family Services staff
With your support
The estimated cost of a pack is $50 (but saves an agency or carer approximately $300).
We have delivered 6,500 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 children aged 0-17 years, entering Out-of-home care and emergency accommodation in Victoria.
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.
Christmas 4 Kids in Care
Agencies: Registration for Christmas 2020 will be available from August. Watch your email inboxes and our social media posts for links.
Thank you to all who contributed to our Christmas Program 2019. With your help we provided 2,038 children in out of home care, emergency accommodation and refuges something to smile about this Christmas. Thank you to the sewers for our gorgeous Santa sacks, and to those who donated gifts, soft toys and books. A special note of gratitude to Medical and Aged Care Group for the amazing donation of $2,000 to purchase new reading books for this program.