We help children who have ‘fallen through the cracks’ of our existing health and welfare systems and who cannot get the support they so desperately need via any other means.
We don’t discriminate. We want to support as many kids as we can – in as many different ways as we can. Most of the children that we assist have life-altering health conditions but this is not a requirement. As long as your child’s need for assistance can be independently verified, it doesn’t matter what caused their disadvantage – whether it be health related, be domestic violence related or poverty related – we’re here to help.
There are three primary ways that we assist families:
- – through our Sunshine Swags Program that supports children entering Domestic & Family Violence Refuges. Direct applications cannot be made for this program – the Sunshine Swags are ordered by the Refuges.
- through our HOOFBEATS Program that supports at-risk children by providing fully-funded equine-assisted therapy – you can find details of how to apply for support at www.hoofbeats.org.au
- through our CHAMPS Program where we create a public fundraising appeal for individual children who are in need of a therapeutic services or equipment and who are not eligible for assistance through any other funding bodies
When assisting children through our CHAMPS Program we create an public online appeal for each individual child to raise a specific amount of money to pay for a specific item (or service). We promote this appeal to our wonderful donors via this website, our Facebook page and our email newsletter. We keep the appeal open until the funds are raised. The maximum appeal target is currently limited to $5,000. Our community is very small and we struggle to raise more than this in any given appeal. There are no fees charged for conducting a public appeal – we don’t even deduct the credit card fees we incur in processing donations. 100% of donations go straight to the appeal.
We can only help children who meet ALL of the following criteria:
- The child is under the age of 18
- The child:
- is an Australian citizen, or
- has a permanent residency visa for Australia, or
- is currently living in Australia and seeking a permanent residency visa or citizenship (for example children of refugees and asylum seekers), or
- was born in Australia to parents from New Zealand who are affected by the permanent residency change of rules issue
- The child is in acute or serious need of help
- The child’s circumstances can be independently verified
- The family is experiencing financial hardship making it impossible for them to fund the items themselves
- The child lives in an area not yet covered by the NDIS *
- The child lives in an area where the NDIS will not become available within 6 months of the date of the application.* Click here to check the NDIS roll-out schedule.
* Applies to children with disability related disadvantage only
Applications have now closed for 2017.
Please check back again in February 2018 for an update on 2018 programs.