Did you know?
Australia is home to approximately 4.3 million children aged 14 or younger
An estimated 7% of these children had a disability in 2009
A QUARTER OF A MILLION
More than a quarter of a million children had an intellectual sensory or speech disability
Children in remote areas are much more likely to be hospitalised than in urban or regional areas
For Families of children who are sick, disadvantaged or who have special needs, finding support can be a challenge. Each year, thousands of these children and their families turn to Variety for support when they need it most. If you or someone you know is struggling to cope, Variety is here for you.
How we help
Vision For Life
Variety Rare Care Service
Families in NSW with a child (or children) who have a rare or undiagnosed disease can apply for Variety’s Rare Care Service. The child can be up to 18 years of age and needs to be an Australian citizen or have permanent residency.
Having the chance to make the most of an education is the bridge to a brighter future.
For many children, moving and communicating better means greater independence, freedom and self-esteem.
Caring For Kids
Learning that your child needs access to a rare and often expensive piece of medical equipment or service can be a daunting experience.
The Variety Smile Program offers financial and practical help to children affected by a rare disease or condition. It also facilitates access to information, resources and services for the families and carers of children affected by a rare disease or condition.
By granting specialised wigs, Variety aims to instil a sense of confidence and self-esteem for kids who have lost their hair due to a medical condition, like alopecia or cancer.
Schools and organisations
Variety helps schools and organisations with things like all-ability playgrounds, Liberty swings (modified for special needs), and sunshine coaches
Liberty Swings allow children in wheelchairs or afflicted by a physical impairment the chance to enjoy the joy of swinging.
Variety Sunshine Coaches provide transport to organisations that cater for children with physical disability, regional or social disadvantage, to enable them to access the community and to experience a range of special programs and activities.
Variety Heart Scholarships
Variety’s Scholarship Program provides scholarships for children with an existing talent, who are disadvantaged or living with a disability, to achieve their full potential and to follow their dreams.