Our Impact 2020/2021

For 46 years Variety – the Children’s Charity NSW/ACT has been helping to give kids a fair go.

We deliver programs, kids experiences, grants and scholarships across NSW and the ACT to improve children’s lives.

Our work allows kids to gain mobility, to get out and about in the community, to communicate, achieve independence and increase their self-esteem.

We work together with donors, corporate partners, sponsors and volunteers to provide essential support where families 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 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 are over 150,000 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 20,800 kids in need, spending over $2.35 million on 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 2020/21, including the cancelation of a number of our iconic events, our community stepped up and found new ways to raise money for kids in need. 

One thing that was clear in 2021, you were all after a new look, with us receiving 6,420 donations of hair, raising over $1.8 million across the country to support our Hair with Heart Program.

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Our Partners

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, they are all passionately committed to giving all kids the same opportunities in life.

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Our Volunteers

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.

We’re thrilled to announce, Greg and Janette Cocks, were honoured with a Presidential Citation Award for their exceptional and sustained contribution to Variety.

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Regional Spotlight

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 where they live.

Read more about our work in regional NSW

New Grant Breaks Record

Our new We Learn Grant launched in July, giving NSW and ACT families experiencing financial hardship the chance to apply for support for educational supplies and technology.

When the grant closed in September, we were stunned to have received over 1,000 applications – a huge increase in demand for support from the 162 applications we received for a similar grant in 2020 and a record for any grant we have ever offered!

A total of 1,171 grants were given out across NSW and the ACT – 859 Educational Technology and 312 Educational Supplies – valued at over $450,000.

Read more about our new Grants