We are a registered Not For Profit charitable organisation run by volunteers. We keep our overheads minimal, relying heavily on the time and skills of volunteers.
Our purpose is to aid displaced children by providing the essentials needed most urgently, long before any arrangements have been made to further support them. Often children are placed quickly into foster or kinship care, for example, without much more than what they are wearing at the time. We provide displaced children with a few essential items to help resource them, restoring dignity, self-worth, and to show them someone cares.
ME Packs and ME Jnr Packs (our filled 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 again.
Backpacks 4 VIC Kids incorporated in November 2014 and operated from our Founder's home until June of 2016, when we moved to a commercial premise in Cranbourne, and more recently to a larger premise in Cranbourne West.
We operate solely on donations sought through fundraising, grants and sponsorship. Donations of items for our ME Packs are greatly appreciated. Some items must be new but we also utilise preloved clothing that is in excellent condition.
Our packs must be requested in writing, by workers in the sector for example, foster and kinship care agencies, Department of Health and Human Services or Victoria Police, using our Supply Request Form. They are then handed to children as soon as practicable after displacement.
Your support is always very much appreciated. Please do not hesitate to ask us how you can help in other ways too.
See more B4VK action via this news clip from Channel 7.