Bonnie the Bunny 2017
This mission is now in it's third year and has raised a stunning $48,000 for some of Australia's most vulnerable children. This heartwarming campaign is a double pay it forward. For $35 you buy a gorgeous stuffed 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 as a result of abuse or neglect. 100% of profits then go to supporting some of Australia's most vulnerable children.
1,200 Bonnie the Bunnies 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.
Many of you may remember a couple of years ago we hosted our second Live Band Karaoke event for the child protection unit at Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation. At that time we caught wind of the fact the staff would go out and buy comfort toys for the kids with their own money. Rather than have the staff spend their own time and money buying children comfort toys we set out to get them donated. That's when we ran into Lucy at Nana Huchy.
One very quick and straight to the point conversation later a deal had been done - Nana Huchy would donate 400 Bonnie the Bunnies; The Change Angels would sell them; donate them to children who'd been abused and neglected and 100% of profits would go to child protection programs.
Within three years 1,200 Bonnie the Bunnies had been donated to child protection units in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania and now Queensland and a massive $48,000 raised.
This year the 400 bunnies are going to Children's Health Queensland & Lady Cilento Children's Hospital and 100% of profits are going to Sydney Children's Hospital to help rehabilitate children who have endured unspeakable ongoing physical abuse. These children need our love and support and money to help their bodies move properly again. It's a long road to recovery for so many children but one we are willing to take with them.
This is a campaign that is sadly not going away; it's not going away because people who are meant to care for children are sexually, physically and emotionally abusing them. That is the horrifying reality. But we know kindness will win in the end and kindness has no boundaries.
We love Nana Huchy, Bonnie the Bunny and all they represent. #insteadofchocolate this Easter will you buy a Bonnie the Bunny for a child?
This mission is only made possible by our amazing friends at Nana Huchy, this kindhearted company has donated 1200 beautiful Bonnie the Bunnies over three years. Without them none of this would be possible.
So far Bonnie the Bunny has provided comfort to children in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania but we won't stop until we cover the country's child protection units with Bonnie the Bunnies.
How does this mission work?
The donation of the Bonnie the Bunnies is the first step in this mission, then kind people like you buy these bunnies but they buy them not for themselves, they buy them so they can be given to children in hospital child protection units. Bonnie is given to children by Police or the crisis care team who bring them to hospital after they have endured unimaginable abuse and neglect. Sadly some children are admitted to hospital alone, confused and injured after they have endured unspeakable cruelty at the hands of their carers or parents. This is where Bonnie the Bunny steps in, Bonnie offers comfort, love and lots of safe hugs.
Bonnie the Bunny 2016
Last year this mission raised a whopping $22,000 thanks to kind people like you and Wallina Associates who donated a whopping $10,000 towards this mission! Bunnies were sent to the Child Protection Units at Royal Hobart Hospital and Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne.
We were delighted to donate $22,000 to 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.
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 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.
We love this mission because it's a double pay-it-forward. Your $35 works very hard!
All those generous people who purchased a Bonnie the Bunny received a beautifully illustrated card by Kate Grebert of Kate Grebert Designs- http://kategdesigns.com. This image will also be given to the children as a colour in sheet and can be downloaded here. You can also purchase your own Bonnie the Bunny gift cards to further support our campaign.
We also ran a Bonnie hashtag campaign - #bonniethebunnycares and enlisted the support of famous Hollywood actress Miranda Otto.
“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.
Bonnie the Bunny 2015
Our Bonnie the Bunny campaign in 2015 raised $12,000 for The Child Protection Unit at Sydney Children's Hospital in Randwick.
We handed $12,000 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.
All 400 Bonnie the Bunnies have been given to this busy Child Protection Unit to ensure every child who needs a soft toy for comfort is given one. 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.