2015 marks a great milestone for Variety – 40 years of helping Aussie kids in need!
From its beginnings in 1975, Variety – the Children’s Charity has established itself as an iconic Australian institution, making a real difference to the lives of thousands of Aussie kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.
This year they are proud to be celebrating 40 years of helping kids be kids! Variety provides practical equipment & experiences through Variety programs (Freedom, Future Kids & Caring for Kids), helping Australian children in need overcome whatever obstacles they face to live life to the fullest!
Tam Johnston, CEO of Variety – the Children’s Charity NSW, said that the energy and generosity of Variety supporters and volunteers has been vital to the success of Variety’s first 40 years in Australia, and invaluable in helping Variety’s kids in the past, present and future.
“Variety assists thousands of children a year with grants of specialised equipment and services to help them overcome whatever obstacles they face and live life to the fullest. The 40th Anniversary Picnic certainly is a special milestone for us all!” Tam continued
“Variety – the Children’s Charity considers itself exceptionally lucky to have the loyal support of so many members of Australian community in the past 40 years. We are very grateful for the support and contribution of our thousands of volunteers and many generous donors and sponsors, and we’re looking forward to the next 40 years and beyond, continuing to support the unmet needs of Australian children,” Tam said.
“This year also saw the birth of a brand new event – The Variety Cycle. Some 200 riders, led by founder Christopher Mapp, took part in this epic adventure with a core group riding almost 4,000km from Sydney to Uluru – via Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide! This intrepid group raised over $600,000 and have planted the seeds of a fantastic new revenue stream for Variety in the future”.
KEY VARIETY 40th FACTS
- Variety helps all Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.
- Variety provides tangible equipment and programs that have a lasting impact and are essential to the child’s needs.
- Variety helps children who would normally ‘fall through the cracks’ and can’t get assistance elsewhere.
- Every dollar raised, stays in the country helping Australian kids in need.
Variety – the Children’s Charity celebrated 40 years of helping Australian kids in need with an exceptional event for more than 1,200 guests including Variety kids and families, supporters, volunteers and staff at Taronga Zoo.
This special occasion allows a large group of Aussie kids with special needs, facing illness or adversity a special day out to celebrate the difference Variety has made in their lives.
The celebratory birthday picnic included a three hour children’s entertainment extravaganza. Sharing the love, will be some special Variety kids who will have the honor of cutting the heart shaped 40th birthday cake!
Kids were able to get up close and personal with some of Taronga’s wildlife when an Echidna drops in for cuddles and also have a bit of fun in Variety’s ‘Get Creative’ area with art, crafts and face painting!
Interview with CEO of Variety NSW – Tam Johnston: