With your help we have delivered over 10,000 ME Packs to children since April 2015, saving agencies and carers, time and money. Well done! Thanks, we couldn't have done it with out your help. Together we are making a difference.
"I have just had the back packs delivered, thank you, they look amazing, what a fantastic program this is. The majority of placements we receive, the children arrive with the clothes they are wearing, this will be such a help."
"Such a thoughtful idea and I really appreciate others thinking of carers and kids."
Carer, UnitingCare Gippsland.
Sharon, Family Worker, Mallee Family Care.
"One 13 year old was thrilled with her backpack, “I love this outfit” – it was a onesie/happy pants outfit, she also thought the toiletries pack “will come in handy for camp”.
Another 7 year old loved the pinafore that was in her pack, “I will look so cute in this”, also happy to have a backpack to use.
Both these girls were so happy to have something for themselves and felt rather special to be getting a gift for no reason. The 7 year old particularly given its not Christmas or her birthday. They spent ages unpacking and going through it all."
"On behalf of LWB, I would like to thank you for providing us with nappy bags and backpacks for the children and young people accessing foster care. I am so happy to be the first recipient of these bags. I am sure these bags will be such a great asset to the carers and provide a real comfort to the children who receive them.
Thanks again for your vision and hard work."
Michelle B, Life Without Barriers.
Client, UnitingCare Gippsland.
I recently gave out three back packs for brothers who are 4,5 and 7, two of whom recently moved to the carers from another foster placement. The carer fed back that the boys were ‘over the moon’ about what they received. The family had gone to Bruny Island the weekend they got them. This came in so handy, as it was cold and there were lots of clothes (warm) that came in very useful.
The socks and pyjamas were great too. The eldest boy loved the ‘Bart Simpson’ pyjamas as this is his favourite. The carer also found the colouring pencils and paper great to keep the children entertained for some of the time.
"The carers were really thrilled about all the special things you managed to get inside the packs and the children who received the packs also seemed very happy.The workers who handed out the packs gave me feedback on the spot, saying how amazing they were.Please keep up the good work."
Michelle B, Life Without Barriers.
Martha H, Life Without Barriers.
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 5 part-time/casual staff) so most of your donations will go directly to direct program costs including purchasing necessary backpack items and shipping them to agencies.
A big thank you to our current sponsors providing ongoing financial support and recent project grants:
The Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show team and GoldFM; The Baker Foundation; Ausnet; APT Cruising and Touring; The Garry White Foundation; South Eastern Programs Alliance, Rowville-Lysterfield Rotary Club; MYER Community Fund; Western Program Alliance (McConnell Dowell, ARUP, Metro Trains and Mott McDonald); ; Bendigo Bank Carrum Downs and Marriott Waters; City of Casey; Grill'd Casey Central; O'Brien Real Estate Foundation and The Shane Project.
We are very grateful for the ongoing support in the way of tangible donations from:
Hasbro; TOMY; Sony Pictures; Amazon; The Nappy Collective; Outlet Shop for Kids; Bunnings Cranbourne; KOGO; Big W; Kmart; Coles; Sewing for Charity; Charity Lovers Craft Group; and Chicks with Sticks.
We appreciate your ongoing support.
We would also like to thank our past major supporters:
The Freemasons Foundation; ibis Melbourne Little Bourke Street; Pakenham Racing Club; Coles Spring Hill and Lynbrook; Bayside City Council; Medical and Aged Care Group; Lynbrook Hotel; The Eva & Les Erdi Humanitarian Charitable Foundation.
Thanks to your generosity we have been able to donate over 22,000 packs to local children through the following wonderful organisations: