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MAGIC FOR MILAN DAY RAISES $1,740!

Last Friday Tarneit College’s at Magic for Milan Day raised more than $1,700 for children undergoing cancer treatment through @Koala Kids Foundation. Milan, who celebrated the end of his cancer treatment in November 2015, had received so many small treats from Koala Kids during his treatment and he chose to celebrate his seventh birthday by giving gifts to the other children with cancer.
This year, to mark his 9th birthday, Milan wanted to give back again by holding a special ‘free dress’ day, with students wearing a touch of Koala Kids orange, and the school and wider community invited to donate gold coins or small boxes of LEGO or LEGO DUPLO

An incredible $1760.40 was raised from gold coin donations, with many students also opting to bring boxes of Lego and Duplo of different sizes.

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Koala Kids Annual Lunch 2016

A huge thank you to all those who supported Koala Kids We Believe Happy Helps Lunch 

To those who attended, the events committee who worked for weeks leading up to and since the event, the 20 plus volunteers who worked tirelessly all day and of course all of the pro bono suppliers, in kind donors and so many others who helped bring the lunch to fruition.

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Good Business Management

Carey_Baptist_Grammar_School_logoFor the second consecutive year, year 11 Carey Grammar students have chosen KOALA Kids to be the recipient of the profits generated from their second term business management unit.  In groups of up to four students, each group devised a business concept, wrote a business plan, budget and marketing plan.  Most of the groups created a food production business and some applied to Coles and other sponsors to support their endeavours to return a greater profit.  Brad Kerr, business management teacher told KOALA Kids that the students enjoy creating their own business model, despite the rather tight parameters.  The opportunity to create sponsorship and raise funds for a meaningful and cause that they can relate to without too much imagination (secondary students with an illness unable to attend school for an extended period of time) adds another dimension to the unit.”

Koala Kids Book Club

Celia and Nonna Monash Book Club_4_0615We had a fabulous KOALA Kids Book Club session this morning with our guest author for July, Victoria Lane visiting with her wonderful picture book ‘Celia & Nonna.’ Several children attended book club where Victoria read ‘Celia & Nonna’ and then joined in on some drawing and creative activities about what happened to Celia and Nonna in the book. Nonna is an italian word for grandmother (Nanna) so every child related to this story. There were subtle hints throughout the story that Nonna was changing and growing older. Beautifully and sensitively told, the children loved Victoria’s storytelling, pointing out the castle her grandmother grew up near in her town in Italy. Victoria also brought in some bortolotti beans beans for the children to touch and hold as Nonna used to cook with bortolotti beans. What are bortolotti beans the children wanted to know? A wonderful morning was had by all

Arts are a right not a privilege

acm_logoKOALA Kids has been chosen as a preferred charity by Arts Centre Melbourne for its First Call Fund.

The First Call Fund was created by Arts Centre Melbourne to provide support specifically to schools and community groups to experience the huge variety of live performances, workshops and other participatory events at Arts Centre Melbourne.

Students, young people and those with social disadvantage can benefit greatly from exposure to the arts.

International research* shows arts participation can impact positively on:

  • Social and personal development
  • Attitude to learning
  • Connectedness to community and family
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Arts knowledge and skills
  • General competencies such as communicating, problem solving, planning, organisation and perseverance.

The First Call Fund was established in 2008 thanks to the incredible generosity of Arts Centre Melbourne’s philanthropic supporters. Since then, the fund has continued to grow through the generosity of many different Victorians, who share a belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to engage with the arts in a meaningful way.

Children’s Cancer Centre families will have the opportunity to apply for family passes for shows during the September school holidays.  Interested families should contact us at koalakids@cccf.org.au

Equine Education for CCC Kids

KOALA Kids has been chosen by Horse Back Equine Education to be the charity partner for its new business.
Several lucky families will have the opportunity to participate in a complimentary day of equine education and horse riding at the beautiful Mainridge based property these school holidays.  A donation Horse Back Equine Education will also make a donation to KOALA Kids with every booking received for the school holiday programs, open to children from age 5. There are separate groups for adolescents 13 years and over
Alisha Griffiths, owner of Horseback Winery Tours and Equine Education is well aware of the therapeutic properties associated with horse riding.  Alisha’s 5 year old son Teddy has enjoyed riding as a distraction from his cancer treatment since being diagnosed with  Leukemia  in September 2013. Teddy remains in maintenance treatment at Monash Childrens Cancer Centre.
Many KOALA Kids friends will recall Alisha was the wonderful guest speaker at Halloween lunch last October.  Publicist Belinda Visser organized the HeraldSun photo shoot at the Mainridge property.
The shoot included Teddy and his friend Shayla whom he met at Monash Children’s during their treatment.   The story appeared in the paper on Friday 19 June on page 29.
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Petrol heads get their Grand Prix Fix

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation donated another great range of promotional merchandise this year so many families were able to enjoy teddy bears clad in driver’s suits, posters and novelty tee shirts.
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KOALA Kids posted a series of messages on Facebook during the week leading up to race weekend and families responded very quickly with their details.  KOALA Kids is often given tickets to shows and promotional merchandise for all sorts of events so if you know a family associated with the Children’s Cancer Centres or undergoing cancer treatment in Victoria, please ask them to email their details to koalakids@cccf.org.au or like KOALAKidsNFP on Facebook and keep up to date with our promotions.

Barmitzvah boys supporting KOALA Kids

Earlier this year, two Bar Mitzvahs, Tahl Marabel-Whitburn from Bialik College and Toby Zayontz, Melbourne Grammar student chose KOALA Kids as the beneficiary of donations from family and friends in lieu of gifts to celebrate their religious milestones.
According to Jewish law, at the age of thirteen a boy becomes Bar Mitzvah enabling him the rite to participate in all areas of Jewish life.  KOALA Kidswas founded by Nick Mandie, when after his Bar Mitzvah in 2005 he decided to use some of his gifted moneys to do something to positively impact the lives of adolescents less fortunate than himself.
 
Tahl and Toby raised more than $6,000 between them

Kids Love Learning

Screen Shot 2015-06-17 at 10.15.11 pmKOALA Kids and The Royal Children’s Hospital Education Institute’s collaborative literacy program is moving up a notch with KOALA Kids providing specific consumables to every early learning, primary and secondary student with cancer to encourage them to write or draw every day with their RCHEI educator on any subject of their choice.
KOALA Kids is providing a small set of age/reading level relevant books for every student each week along with a journal, pen and pencils, a sharpener and a book bag and for the students on the Kookaburra ward, a book box in which to store the books that they collect while in hospital.  Every child can keep the books which have been generously donated by leading publishers and distributors including Hinkler, Lake Press, Hardie Grant Egmont and Five Mile Press.
KOALA Kids is proud to have provided The Royal Children’s Hospital Education Institute with the bulk of the educational and learning consumables required by the educators in the Children’s Cancer Centre for 1:1 learning for early learning, primary and secondary students in long term cancer treatment.
Dedicated educators in the The Royal Children’s Hospital Education Institute work with children and young people to accommodate different learning profiles, rates of learning and individual interests by developing an individual learning plan for every young person they support:

Gracies shoeboxes of fun

Gracie in school uniform with boxesMJ, NF and Gracie & trolleyGracie was diagnosed with ALL in August 2014. During one of her hospital stays while Gracie was enjoying shoeboxes filled with fun things to do that her mum Nikki had collected for such times, Gracie thought it would be nice for all of the children in the Kookaburra ward to enjoy shoeboxes filled with fun things to do like she was enjoying. So Gracies Shoeboxes of Fun was created and KOALA Kids is pleased to be partnering Gracies mum to promote and grow the program. Nikki and KOALA Kids want to ensure that children and adolescents undergoing cancer treatment, in and outside the Kookaburra ward, each get their own gender and age relative Shoebox of Fun, in memory of Gracie who lost her battle on 21 May 2015.Gracie