Koala Kids Foundation began operation as an independent, not for profit organisation from its current premises in Hawthorn, Victoria in September 2015.
The Koala Kids story began in 2005 when year 7 Melbourne Grammar student, Nick Mandie had his Bar Mitzvah and decided to start a benevolent program with moneys he had been gifted.
Together with adolescent friends Nick was hoping to provide holiday experiences for siblings of young children with cancer. His idea quickly grew into family-centred care and before too long Koala Kids, auspiced by Koala Foundation, formed by a group of parents of children with cancer, was providing coloured paper, markers, glue sticks and other basic art and craft items to the art therapists in the Children’s Cancer Centres at The Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Children’s Hospital.
Today Koala Kids remains a volunteer driven organisation that provides small things that make a difference to the lives of more than 2,000 children and young people undergoing cancer treatment in Victoria each year, their families and the staff who care for them.
Koala Kids Foundation is a registered not for profit organisation with DGR1 status in Australia and all donations are tax deductible.