On Tuesday we hosted our Variety Kids Xmas Party in Sydney. A day of festive joy for sick and disadvantaged kids, organised annually by the Ladies of Variety.
A shout out to the 220 volunteers that donated their time to make the day a huge success. From helping kids on the liberty swing and amusement rides, to face painting, playing pass the ball and creating hats and masks, they tirelessly showed once again how important our community of supporters is in making sure all kids get a fair go in life.
This year we had a record number of corporate volunteers, coming from Altis, Beaumont, Brydens Lawyers, Equinix, HSBC, Hoyts, ICC, Nine, Oracle, Pfizer, Ruralco, RMG Macquarie, Sage, State Street, Vodafone and Woolworths. Thank you all for believing it takes a community to raise a child and stepping up to make it happen.
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We continue to focus on reaching all kids and supporting families and communities, regardless of how remote or regional they may be. Children who are forced to travel great distances for medical appointments, educational opportunities and sporting competitions often face particular challenges and that’s where we come in – making sure that all kids can attain their full potential, regardless of their background.
New Grant Breaks Records
In early 2021, we undertook a grants review process to ensure we were providing help where help was needed. We compared our systems to those in Variety offices across the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland and throughout Australia. After analysing the results, we used the information to revamp our Kids Support framework and launch four new grants: We Move, We Join, We Care and We Learn.