Isla, with twin brother Lenny's ashes in a teddy, joins mum Lauren and brother Quill with donated toys. 2020
Lenny's mum, Lauren, sorting gift donations in 2020 at Koala Kids office in the Korjo building.

Lenny Baskharon spent most of his 16 months of life in the Royal Children’s Hospital, before he passed away on July 6, 2018. Lenny’s family celebrated his one and only birthday in hospital.

For Lenny’s mum Lauren, father Nick and siblings Nicholas and Isla, it was the moments of normalcy, however brief, that allowed the Baskharon family to create lasting memories beyond his illness.

Since Lenny’s passing, his family has held a gift drive every year for his birthday, providing gifts for seriously ill children in hospital, in Lenny’s memory.

Lauren has volunteered with Koala Kids since 2019. In 2020, she asked us if we could assist with delivering the gifts to children in hospital, so on Lenny’s birthday a team of Koala Kids volunteers handed the gifts out to children across all the wards at The Royal Children’s Hospital.

This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, our volunteers won’t personally be able to hand out the gifts, however they will be handed out by hospital staff members on Lenny’s birthday, 20 February, to children in hospital and are guaranteed to provide happiness to a child and their family.

If you would like to become involved and give a gift on Lenny’s birthday, please see the various options below:

*For hygiene reasons, it is important that all gifts are brand new.

  1. Purchase a gift and deliver/post it to one of the drop off points. Drop off points are Koala Kids office at 441 Auburn Road, Hawthorn VIC 3122 or alternatively, can be arranged to be dropped off at Lauren’s address in Torquay (please contact Lauren or Koala Kids for more information)
  2. The Toy Workshop is offering 15% off purchases for Love from Lenny and will also include free delivery directly to Koala Kids office. Shop online at thetoyworkshop.com.au and enter the promo code ‘Lenny21’ at the checkout, along with selecting ‘click & collect’ as the shipping option. The Toy Workshop will then collate all orders placed with the promo code to deliver to Koala Kids office.
  3. If you are located in the Wimmera region and want to also support a local business, Kawaii Kids in Horsham is generously offering 20% off and will arrange free delivery on your behalf to Koala Kids office. Simply shop in-store and Kawaii Kids will handle the rest. Located in Horsham Plaza, 36 Darlot Street, Horsham. If you wish to purchase online at kawaiikids.com.au please use the promo code ‘koala’ at checkout.
  4. Finally, if you are unable to purchase a gift, we also welcome tax-deductible donations for Love from Lenny. Please donate here and in the dedication write that your donation is on behalf of Lenny. We will then select a gift to the value of your donation and also send you an update on which gift was chosen on your behalf.