This past year has been by far our busiest twelve-months ever, both for number of children we have supported, and the amazing community support we have received that has made this possible. In FY22 we supported 4114 vulnerable and disadvantaged children with outstanding community donations of over 120,000 items ranging from clothing to double prams!
This year has been bitter-sweet; the huge achievement our truly amazing volunteers and community supporters but at the same time the sadness at the high number of children in our community needing our support. We responded to Covid-19 by increasing the number of children we supported as more and more families struggled in the economic downturn. Our invaluable volunteers never wavered, and we never shut our doors.
Several highlights have been our Christmas and Back-to-School programs. For Christmas we supported 1130 children with approximately 7,000 gifts (on average 2 large, two small and several stocking fillers per child); 86 Christmas trees and 417 Christmas Hampers. Once again 95% of what we gave came from community donations – we have an outstanding Central Coast community.
Our Back-to-School program distributed 420 backpacks filled with school essentials, from Kindy to Year 12, to children who would have otherwise gone without. We know that a number of children returned to school directly as a result of this program – real ‘wow’ moments!
None of this would have been possible without the dedication and passion of our now over 50 wonderful volunteers, without our enormous community generosity and support, and without our amazing funders who have stood with us and shared our vision.
Thank you so much!
We have some wonderful new programs planned for FY23 Watch this space!
Thank you again
Derryck Klarkowski CEO