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Variety - the Children’s Charity

Helping Aussie kids have a fair go!

We have chosen to support Variety - the Children’s Charity. Variety is dedicated to helping Aussie kids have a fair go, assisting them to attain their full potential regardless of ability or background. Each year, thousands of children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs, get support from Variety when they need it the most.

Thanks to the generosity and commitment of the Variety community, for over 40 years Variety – the Children’s Charity has given Aussie kids a fair go through grants of equipment and services, Variety Heart Scholarships and experiences.

In 2018, Variety gave 111,712 kids assistance through:

  • Equipment that helps kids with their mobility, like wheelchairs, walking aids, Sunshine Coaches and modified vehicles.
  • Expensive medical equipment and services including insulin pumps, wigs, feeds, oxygen pumps and more.
  • Technology, programs and Variety Heart Scholarships that help kids discover their talents and unlock all the joys of education and communication.
  • Experiences and events to engage and bring joy to kids in need and their families.

Variety – the Children’s Charity was founded in 1928 when eleven men involved in the show business industry met at their social club named “Variety Club”. On Christmas Eve, a baby girl is left abandoned on the club’s doorstep at the Sheridan Square Film Theatre in Pittsburgh with a note which reads:

“Please take care of my baby. Her name is Catherine. I can no longer take care of her. I have eight others. My husband is out of work. She was born on Thanksgiving Day. I have always heard of the goodness of showbusiness people and pray to God that you will look after her. Signed, a heartbroken mother.”

Despite an extensive search, the mother is never found. The men informally adopt the baby and name her Catherine Variety Sheridan. They go on to pay for the Catherine’s education and upbringing. This prompts the club to start raising funds for other disadvantaged children and Variety – the Children’s Charity is born.

Make an additional donation to support the work of Variety – the Children’s Charity on their website. Please reference GCFCR Community Fund in the "I’m donating to" field on the online donation form. If you’d prefer to deposit the funds or send a cheque, please contact the Variety office on 07 3907 9300 for the details.

Variety - the Children’s Charity

Variety - the Children’s Charity

Unit 1, 5 Ashtan Place, Banyo, QLD 4014

Phone: 07 3907 9300
Fax: 07 3907 9399

Please reference GCFCR Community Fund in the "I’m donating to" field on the online donation form.

Find out More Make a Donation

In addition to your support for our Recycling for Charity Program, we would be very grateful if you would consider one of the following options for further direct support. To make an additional donation to an individual charity, please click on the charity of your choice.

Variety - the Children’s Charity
Beyond Blue
Dementia Australia
RSL DefenceCare
Currumbin Widlife Hospital

Make an Equal Contribution to All Six Charities

To make an additional donation to equally support all six of our supported charities, please use the following bank account details. Please reference GCFCR-Community Fund when making a donation.

Account Name :
Essington-Wilson Family Group
Account Number :
82887 9449
084 899

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