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.
A huge thank you to all those who supported Koala Kids We Believe Happy Helps Lunch
We 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
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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Gracie 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.