2022 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards – Amanda Mandie Nomination

Our own Mandy Mandie, executive director Koala Kids Foundation is one of two finalists in the Volunteer Award Category in the 2022 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards.  The award program is hosted by the Victorian Department of Health, providing an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of healthcare workers and public health services.   Mandy was…

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Tyra’s Work Experience with Koala Kids

Hello! My name is Tyra Dawson, I am 16 years old attending Camberwell Girls Grammar School, and this month I carried out my work experience week at Koala Kids. In the span of four days, I have had the most eye-opening and rewarding experience that I’d love to share! Last year in 2021, I was fortunate enough…

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Simple Clothing When It Is Needed

“We gave a six year old boy who had been hit by a car (he was ok!) a nice long sleeved top to wear because we had no gowns that would fit him.  He looked sweet and more importantly he was really comfortable,” Koala Kids was told by an Emergency consultant earlier this week.   Late…

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Radiotherapy Mask Program

Pictured are two of the masks that have been painted and decorated by Peter Mac volunteer radiotherapists over the past couple of months for children and young people undergoing radiation as part of their cancer treatment.    Koala Kids and Peter Mac radiotherapists and other members of the paediatric team have painted and decorated more than…

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Amazing Grace – Koala Kids Intern Program

Grace Staindl-Dymond applied for an internship at Koala Kids to complete her placement for her University course, Science (Advanced) Global Challenges at Monash University. Grace has reflected on her experience with Koala Kids.    In the short span of 120 hours I have learnt so much, and I am incredibly grateful to Mandy Mandie and Jess…

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Koala Kids Summer Lunches 2021

Koala Kids Summer lunches raised over $60,000.  More than 300 women enjoyed  beautiful, intimate private settings hosted by Koala Kids supporters intent on providing happiness for children and young people with cancer and their families.  We dined around Melbourne and as far away as Killarney in the Western District, Sorrento and Main Ridge.   Special thanks…

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HOSPITAL LINGO IS A WINNER

Koala Kids trialled the provision of around 100 prizes each month to The Royal Children’s Hospital Lingo program during the last six months and the collaboration has come up trumps. “Hospital Lingo is an online bingo style game, available to children and young people of any age. It’s just like Bingo but with all the…

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COFFEE TO POWER EMERGENCY WORKERS

Koala Kids and Coffee Mio recently surprised the Emergency team at The Royal Children’s Hospital with an espresso machine, grinder and six kilos of fresh beans each month. “Our very coffee-obsessed department will be absolutely thrilled to receive such a generous gift”. Koala Kids is aware of the additional pressure the healthcare teams in all our network…

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ENGAGING IMAGINATIONS WITH DOLLS

Koala Kids recently sponsored Dr Maria McCarthy, director of the psycho-oncology program Children’s Cancer Centre at The Royal Children’s Hospital and the team of nine child life therapists to be trained ways of using Persona dolls.   Therapists and or children have the ability to create stories behind each Persona Dollsas a way to engage children…

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SANTA’S GIFT TO KOALA KIDS

Jack Bongiorno has donated a whopping $80,800 to Koala Kids since publishing his storybook Santa and his Brother Down Under in 2013. Ambassador and long time supporter of Koala Kids, Jack, donated $31,733 to Koala Kids this month alone from the sales of more than 1,500 books late last year. The story tells the tale…

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