How $35 donation turned into $22,000 raised

Collectively we can make a BIG difference...and we do!

Collectively we can make a BIG difference...and we do!

March 2016

There are many people who want to support good causes but are often not in a position to personally donate substantial amounts of money. This is where The Change Angels step in...

We know collectively small donations can make a huge difference. 

We are passionate about the causes we support and freely lend our time and energy to organising fun ways to raise money for registered charities. 

Our most recent Bonnie the Bunny campaign, where generous people like you purchased a $35 plus toy called Bonnie the Bunny which in turn was donated to children in child protection units, quickly turned into a $22,000 donation to Barnardos. 

The large donation was only made possible by collectively raising money. We did this by selling the 400 donated Bonnie the Bunnies one by one on our website. At the end of the campaign, we raised $12,000 from the sale of the Bonnies and our friends at Wallina Associates threw in $10,000 to show their support. This meant collectively we could donate $22,000 straight to Barnardos Yalmambirra Indigenous Learning Centre (YLC) in Wellington, Western NSW. 

This centre supports 30 highly disadvantaged Indigenous children aged 5-12 years. The centre provides a fun, safe environment for at-risk Indigenous children to engage in educational and recreational activities before and after school, 4 days a week. Children are picked up from their home (by bus) and dropped off at Yalmambirra prior to school (to have breakfast and ensure school attendance), and then picked up from school and brought to complete homework and complete other enriching activities with staff and volunteers. 

The centre focuses on five key areas:
· reducing truancy and criminality;
· improving literacy and numeracy and attitude to school work;
· providing better understanding of nutrition and general health;
· providing a better understanding of Aboriginal culture and connection to community;
· and supporting families to get better access to available services.

Yalmambirra employs a full-time Aboriginal Centre Manager and 5-6 part time staff. A range of family support services is provided to families from the Barnardos Wellington site.

The centre’s past success has been based on developing individual programs for each child based on discussions with them, their schools and families. By completing homework in the centre, most of the children become more confident at school which feeds into better attendance and performance. As well, the children are given dietary advice, a nutritional meal before and after school and encouraged to make food for themselves. The children go to school having eaten a good breakfast, pack their school lunch and then have a nutritious meal after school at the YLC. 

This campaign was only made possible by working with generous companies like Nana Huchy who over a two period have donated 800 Bonnie the Bunnies for us to sell. We are thrilled this campaign has raised $34,000 to support some of Australia's most vulnerable children over this two year period. The kindness spread and our friends at Wallina Associated threw in $10,000 to help support the campaign this year.

You can still support the Bonnie the Bunny campaign by purchasing beautiful gift cards designed by Kate Grebert of Kate Grebert Designs on our website www.thechangeangels.com