HAPPY CAR CLUB

After much planning, we finally launched Koala Kids Happy Car Club last month with our first fleets arriving at Ballarat and Bendigo Hospitals. Children headed for theatre are able to drive themselves to surgery in Koala Kids electric cars, with the aim of reducing fear and anxiety and overall making the experience more fun and…

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TERTIARY PROGRAM

In addition to our schools program with primary and secondary school students, Koala Kids loves providing meaningful and practical experience for tertiary students. During Semester 1, we hosted Rhonda Kruize, an events intern from William Angliss Institute. No sooner than Rhonda joined than she was thrown into the deep end to help execute our rescheduled…

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HAPPY FUNDRAISERS

What does a haircut, bar mitzvah and a tenth birthday all have in common? They are all fundraising for Koala Kids! We are incredibly fortunate to have wonderful supporters fundraising to provide happy moments for children, young people and their families during cancer treatment. In addition to raising important funds for Koala Kids, these events…

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HAPPY BASE UPDATE

Koala Kids happy base continues to grow momentum for both families of children with cancer and adolescents and young people undergoing cancer treatment with more than 190 families presently enjoying a range of activities each month. We recently provided a Zoom cooking workshop with one of Koala Kids newest volunteers, Susan Williams (a former cooking…

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C IS FOR COLLABORATION

Koala Kids is fast developing a reputation for reaching out to our friends in other paediatric oncology not-for-profit organisations to see how we might collaborate to further benefit children and young people with cancer and their families. Together with Little Big Steps we hosted the Little Big Camp in December 2019 and more recently we…

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ANOTHER HAPPY HOLIDAY PROGRAM

Koala Kids has just concluded another very successful happy holiday program in the Children’s Cancer Centre at Monash Children’s Hospital. During the school term Koala Kids volunteers provide a fun activity every Monday.  During the school holidays when parents are more likely to have other siblings with them our volunteers provide additional entertaining activity sessions.…

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IPADS FOR PETER MAC RADIOTHERAPY

Ask any child or young person what they would do to keep themselves entertained for around an hour and their immediate answer is usually Netflix or playing on an iPad! Koala Kids has recently provided two iPads to the paediatric radiotherapy department at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre for children and young people to use during…

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A COLOURFUL & HEALTHY ADDITION TO HOSPITAL KITCHENS

Having a beautiful dish of delicious fresh fruit is something most of us could often take for granted, however for families who spend days, weeks and even months in hospital, having fresh fruit available to select from is a luxury. It’s usually impractical and almost impossible for parents to shop for fresh, healthy food before…

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Family Zoom Workshops

From exploding volcanoes, juggling and Pilates to decorating Easter bonnets and baskets and a plethora of chocolate, Koala Kids Zoom workshops had it all over the past couple of months! Bonnie from FizzKidz showed kids how to construct their own volcanoes before using science to explode them. Then the kids popped on their juggling hats…

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Schools Program – April 2021

During Term 1, we’ve had the pleasure of Zach and Eden from Bialik College join us every Friday afternoon as part of the ETGAR Program. Etgar means “challenge” in hebrew and during each term in year eight and nine students are able to choose from either a variety of activities that help them develop their…

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