- How we help
- Variety Freedom
Giving children the freedom to move.
The Variety Freedom Program provides funding for mobility equipment like wheelchairs, walking frames and customised tricycles so children can get out and about.
Liberty Swings are donated to communities so children in wheelchairs or with various physical impairments can feel the joy of swinging — a simple pleasure that other children can often take for granted. For those confined to a wheelchair this was never an option until the invention of the Variety Liberty Swing. Many of the swings commissioned to date have been placed in rural areas, reflecting our vision to reach children from all parts of Australia.
Variety Victoria also puts many Sunshine Coaches on the road every year, bringing sunshine to the lives of thousands of children. Special Schools and other organisations have been the grateful recipients of a fleet of more than 1,000 coaches travelling Australia, transporting children with physical disability, regional or social disadvantage out into the community to experience a range of special programs and activities.
Every child remembers receiving their first bike, but many grow up without this memory. For some families the reality of such a purchase is simply out of their reach. Variety – the Children’s Charity works with schools, local welfare and support agencies to identify those children or families without a bike and provide this basic requirement. Variety also provides modified tricycles for special needs children who are unable to ride a bike, purchasing a customised tricycle fit for their specific condition and helping to increase their quality of life.
In 2010 - 2011, Variety Victoria distributed $1,722,871 in equipment and services.
Since 1981 Variety Victoria has been supplying worthwhile organisations with a means of transport for their special children. We call them Sunshine Coaches because they literally bring sunshine into the lives of children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs who otherwise might be...
The exhilaration of playing on a swing is something that most children enjoy, and nearly all take for granted. But for those in a wheelchair or with a physical impairment, the simple pleasure of swinging through the air was never an option until the Liberty Swing came along. The Liberty Swing...
The Princess Charlotte Alopecia Program (PCAP) (previously known as Princess Charlotte Alopecia Foundation) is part of Variety – the Children’s Charity’s initiative to support children with alopecia areata.
We’re excited that Kmart is working with Variety – the Children’s Charity on this program. All 171 Kmart stores across Australia are fundraising for Variety’s Bikes4Kids program through coin collection boxes located at the registers of each store. Victoria has been running a Bikes4Kids program fo...