Variety has its roots in the entertainment industry, but its heart is the community. People from all walks of life can contribute and experience the joy of helping a child, confident that their generosity has real impact in the lives of children and their families.
At the Sheridan Theatre, Pittsburgh, in late 1927, a baby girl was left with a note asking the show business performers to take care of her. Seeking help from the community, the performers were inundated with support and Variety – the Children’s Charity was born. Inspired by the story of Catherine Variety Sheridan, Variety spread rapidly across the United States before expanding internationally in 1945. Variety reached Australia in 1975 with a clear vision for all Australian children to reach their full potential, regardless of their ability or background.
Each year, thanks to the support of our community, thousands of families and children who are sick, disadvantaged or living with a disability are helped by Variety when they need it most.
Together, Variety’s donors, partners, sponsors, volunteers and staﬀ work diligently every day to improve the lives of Australian children, ﬁlling gaps not covered by government or other organisations and ensuring support is directed where it is needed most.
In April 2020 we celebrated 45 years of giving kids they childhood they deserve. Each year, thanks to your support, thousands of families and children who are sick, disadvantaged or live with a disability are helped by Variety when they need it most.
We believe that all kids deserve a fair go
So we help kids with these challenges:
How We Helped
Our vision at Variety is for all Australian children to attain their full potential, regardless of ability or background. We’re passionate about all kids deserving a fair go, believing no child should fall through the gaps. In NSW alone, there’s over 110,000 kids living with a disability, with 1 in 5 not receiving NDIS support. 1 in 6 kids in NSW are living in poverty, kids who have a higher chance of health and behavioural problems, and are less likely to finish school. Through our grants, programs, scholarships and experiences, we provide essential support when families need it most. This year we impacted the lives of 28,500 kids in need, granting $2.694 million to kids.Find out how we helped
How You Helped
We’re very proud of our impact, and it’s only through the tireless support and generosity of so many that we are able to help as many kids as we do. Despite the challenges of 2020, including the cancelation of the Variety Bash for the first time in its 35-year history, our community stepped up and found new ways to raise money for kids in need.
One thing that was clear in 2020, you were all after a new look, with us receiving 5,547 donations of hair, raising over $1.5million across the country to support our Hair with Heart Program. It also turns out a few of our supporters are trivia buffs, joining us for Variety of Trivia during lockdown for some great trivia.Find out how you helped
We are grateful for the generous support we receive from our corporate partners, media partners, sponsors and supporters. This includes those who partner with Variety directly, and the many organisations who support our army of community fundraisers, including our Bashers, Dashers, 4WD Adventurers, hair donors and more.
Each and every one of our partners is an important part of the Variety family. From national corporations to local business like us, they are all passionately committed to giving all kids the same opportunities in life.Find out more
Volunteers are the backbone of our organisation and our ability to deliver support to families in need. At Variety we have a community of big-hearted volunteers who donate their time and skills. They work on everything from office tasks to events to sharing their professional expertise as a Board member or motoring official and supporting our kids. They come from all walks of life but all have one thing in common – they believe all kids deserve a fair go.
One such volunteer, Con Pieterse, was honoured with a Variety International Presidential Citation for his commitment to Variety.Find out more