Bonnie the Bunny #insteadofchocolate
This heartwarming campaign has been running for four years and has raised $69,000 for some of Australia's most vulnerable children. It wouldn't be possible to run this campaign without the support of the amazing Lucy at Nana Huchy, this kindhearted company has donated 1,600 beautiful Bonnie the Bunnies over four years.
Bonnie the Bunny is a double pay it forward campaign. For $35 you buy a gorgeous comfort toy - Bonnie the Bunny, but you don't buy it for yourself you buy it for a child who's been admitted to hospital with injuries from abuse or neglect. We then donate 100% of profits to support some of Australia's most vulnerable children because we donate our time to run this camaign. So both bunnies and money go to kids in need.
The Bonnie the Bunnies you purchase have provided comfort to children across the country who have been admitted to hospital with horrific injuries as a result of abuse or neglect by those who are meant to care for them. Sadly some children are admitted to hospital alone, confused and horribly injured after enduring unspeakable cruelty. This is where Bonnie the Bunny steps in and offers a touch of joy and comfort at a very dark time in these children's lives. Bunnies are now in five states in Australia including NSW, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria
This year Bonnie the Bunny raised $14,000 from the sale of the gorgeous donated comfort bunnies and an additional $5,000 from the sale of charity friendship Buddy Bracelets, Choose Kind t-shirts and hosting movie screenings. Because of the generosity of many we were fortunate to be able to donate $19,000 to the national children's charity Bravehearts. The Bravehearts team have been operating for 20 years and their aim is to make Australia the safest country in the world for children.
In 2017 you helped us raise $16,000 from Bonnie the Bunny and selling charity friendship Buddy Bracelets
Bunnies in 2017 were sent to the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital and 100% of profits have gone to Sydney Children's Hospital's Child Protection Unit to help rehabilitate children who have endured unspeakable ongoing physical abuse. These children need our love and support and also money for rehabilitation programs to help their bodies recovery from unimaginable physical abuse. It's a long road to recovery for so many children.
In 2017 people like you helped us raise a total of $47,000 for The Child Protection Unit at Sydney Children's Hospital. We did this in THREE months because of your support! You bought Bonnie the Bunnies 🐰 & Buddy Bracelets to give to children admitted to hospital with injuries from abuse or neglect, you also supported Live Band Karaoke and you donated!
In 2016 we raised a whopping $22,000 that's all thanks to you and the generous people at Wallina Associates who chipped in an amazing $10,000! Bunnies were sent to the Child Protection Units at Royal Hobart Hospital and Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne.
$22,000 went to support Barnardos Yalmambirra Indigenous Learning Centre 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.
Yalmambirra employs a full time Aboriginal Centre Manager and 5-6 part time staff. A range of family support services are 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 is followed up by bringing their families into that discussion and ensuring this is instilled in the family home.
In our first year running this campaign we were shocked and delighted to have sold all 400 bunnies and raise $12,000 for The Child Protection Unit at Sydney Children's Hospital in Randwick.
We handed $12,000 and 400 bunnies straight over to The Child Protection Unit to support their therapy groups. The therapy groups support children and young people who have been sexually abused and also support groups for their parents. These groups offer a safe place to help work through trauma in a friendly, non-judgemental environment. Children learn they are not alone and are listened to and understood by other children, young people and trustworthy adults.
Often times siblings are also traumatised so they too are given a Bonnie the Bunny to love and hug. All the Bonnies find new and loving homes - that's our promise to you.
Why love this mission
We love this mission because it's an easy way for us all to spend some much needed kindness to children at a very dark, sad and lonely time in their lives.
We get so much support from wonderful companies and people including
KateG_illustration who has for three years lovingly illustrated our Bonnie the Bunny thank you cards
Buddy Bracelets who have jumped on board to donate friendship Buddy Bracelets to help us help more kids
KwikKopy Bondi Junction for printing all our campaign materials for free for two years
Platinum Pre School for covering all our postage costs in 2018
Thank you to the famous Hollywood actress Miranda Otto for her support:
“When I was invited to support The Change Angels Bonnie Bunny Campaign I couldn’t refuse. Giving a child a soft toy to cuddle and love when they are admitted to hospital under such horrific circumstances can be very powerful, said Miranda.
“This little soft bunny can also help open up the lines of communication between the health professionals and the child which is so very important after they have experienced such unspeakable trauma. One small kind gesture from us can have a huge impact on a child’s life.” said Miranda Otto.
The generosity didn't stop with adults...we have lots of support from children who were busy organising cake stalls, garage sales and dancing lessons to raise money to purchase Bonnie the Bunnies.