Equipping children in community involvement
Our community involvement extends outside the school grounds. Whether it’s a fun run or volunteering project every bit makes a difference and we aim to set that example for our younger generation. Each year we also launch a major Extend-a-Hand initiative that equips children of all ages to contribute to the wider community. Read about our past and present projects.
The Share Kindness Project, 2017
In Term 4, 2017 children from Extend’s services across Australia worked on the Share Kindness Project, which encouraged children, their families, and school communities to perform acts of kindness.
Throughout the month of November, Kindness Credits were raised according to the below categories and the service to raise the most Kindness Credits to win $1000 towards their chosen charity.
INDIVIDUAL acts of kindness = 1 Kindness Credit
FAMILY-based acts of kindness = 5 Kindness Credits
COMMUNITY-based acts of kindness = 10 Kindness Credits
The winning service that raised the most Kindness Credits across Extend’s services was Our Lady Help of Christians, in East Brunswick VIC. The children, families, and school community worked hard to raise $1000 for the Brotherhood of St Laurence. Well done to the team and for everyone across Australia for participating in such a worthy cause. Check out some of the happy snaps from the project here.
Ronald McDonald House Make a Meal Program, 2017
On Thursday 12 October our Head Office team were honoured to participate in the Make a Meal program at Ronald McDonald House, Monash. Collectively our team members made 40 servings of entree, main and dessert for families staying at the house. The Ronald McDonald House is a vital support service for families with seriously ill children and relies on the support of the community and corporate partners. Check out the photos on Facebook.
Darren's Dare, 2016
Darren’s Dare was launched in September 2016 with a goal to raise 100 blood donations by the end of October. To encourage everyone to participate, Extend Director Darren Stevenson agreed to complete one of three dares that the public could vote on if we reached our goal. Watch the original launch video here. All Extend staff, families, school communities, friends and family were invited to participate by donating blood under Extend’s Red25 group, ‘Extend After School Care.’ Watch Darren’s official announcement below before he jumps off a plane!
We’d like to thank the following suppliers for working with us on our promotional video:
Run for the Kids, 2016
Once again Extend’s Head Office team participated in the Run for the Kids to help raise money for the Good Friday appeal. Some ran, some strolled, and some did a combination of both to make it to the finish line. It was a rewarding experience to join 27,000 other race-goers in raising 1.7 million for the Royal Children’s Hospital. Check out the happy snaps on Facebook.
St Kilda Mums, 2015
On Friday 13 November, our Head Office team visited St Kilda Mums, and for many it was a second time volunteering there. St Kilda Mums is a not-for-profit organisation that exists to reuse and recycle pre-loved baby and children’s items such as clothes, prams, cots, and more. These donations are distributed to families experiencing hardship in Melbourne and surrounding towns. This time, our Head Office team helped with sorting and creating nappy gift packs and baby bottle packs, creating toiletry packs for mums, assembling cots, and sorting through clothing donations. Check out the happy snaps on our Facebook page!
Meals on Wheels, 2015
In 2015, Extend partnered with Meals on Wheels and invited children to make placemats for Meals on Wheels recipients. Throughout Term 4, children had the opportunity to make placemats in Before School Care and After School Care. Together, we were able to send a total of 1,241 placemats to Meals on Wheels! Congratulations on a fantastic effort.
Run 4 the Kids, 2015
Once again Extend gathered a team of participants to take part in Run for the Kids, which took place on Sunday 22 March 2015. Together they joined more than 32,000 runners and helped raise $1.8 million for the Royal Children’s Hospital. Check out the photos from the day.
The Share Christmas Project with the Basket Brigade, 2014
This year Extend teamed up with Magic Moments Foundation by participating in the Basket Brigade Program to help families in need. The Basket Brigade Program raises funds throughout the year in order to put together gift packages for families in need with items including food, necessities, and even toys. The children at Extend were given the wonderful opportunity to hand craft the Christmas cards that will go inside this year’s baskets. Check out the photos on Extend’s Facebook Page. Read more about Magic Moments and the Basket Brigade Program and donate to this worthy cause.
St Kilda Mums, August 2014
On Friday 1 August, our Head Office team embarked on a corporate volunteering project with St Kilda Mums, Victoria. St Kilda Mums is a not-for-profit organisation that exists to reuse and recycle pre-loved baby and children’s items such as clothes, prams, cots, and more. These donations are distributed to families experiencing hardship in Melbourne and surrounding towns. Our Head Office team helped with sorting through clothing donations, cleaning and repairing prams, cleaning and assembling cots, and more. Check out the happy snaps on our Facebook page
Run 4 the Kids, 2014
On Sunday 13 April, 2014 our Head Office team gathered once again to help raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. The team joined 35,166 other entrants at Run 4 the Kids, which raised a massive $1.9 million. Check out some of the happy snaps!
Small gestures make a BIG difference, 2013
Watch the video!
This year’s annual Extend-a-Project encouraged children to brainstorm ideas on how they could make a BIG difference with various small gestures. We were absolutely blown away at the different interpretations, ideas, and all the hard work that was put into it by the children and educators. Well done to everyone involved! Your child’s work might be featured in this video!
Darren joins the 2013 CEO Sleepout, again!
On Thursday 20 June, Extend Director Darren Stevenson will be joining fellow CEO’s and senior leaders around the country in braving the cold winter weather in a bid to raise awareness of homelessness. Be part of the 2013 Vinnie’s CEO Sleepout and sponsor Darren today! All money raised in sponsorship will go directly to the ongoing provision of Vinnie’s homeless services across Australia. Help support this Extend-a-Hand initiative and raise money to fight homelessness. More information is contained in our Media Release.
Run 4 the Kids, March 2013
On Sunday 24 March 2013, the team at Extend made a combined effort to participate in the Run for the Kids race to help raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. Team members from Extend’s Head Office and programs joined in along with their family and friends for a great family day out. We are extremely delighted to have been part of such a great cause which raised a total of $1.95 million! WOW!
Vinnies CEO Sleepout, June 2012
We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who donated generously to the Vinnies CEO Sleepout campaign. This was the first year Darren registered for this cause and we are proud to announce that together we have raised just over $1600 for the St Vincent de Paul society! This worthy cause was a real ‘eye-opener’ for children at Extend, as they learnt about the real facts on homelessness in Australia. Watch Darren’s quick video log on the night of the CEO Sleepout.
1000 cranes for Japan, May 2011
The children at Extend joined forces in a combined effort to make 1000 cranes; dedicated to the people in Japan who were affected by the earthquakes and tsunamis. Taking inspiration from the ancient Japanese legend that a wish can be granted when 1000 cranes are made, the kids at Extend wished for restoration, health, and security to those who were affected by the natural disasters.
The Share Christmas Project, December 2010
With the help of Samaritan’s Purse, children attending Extend After School Care had the opportunity to share the Christmas spirit by making greeting cards for an underprivileged child in Cambodia. On behalf of Extend, Samaritan’s Purse helped distribute these cards to children from 7 pre-schools in Cambodia.
Run for the Kids, March 2010
With the help and support of family and friends, the staff at Extend Head Office ploughed their way through the charity run to help raise money for the Good Friday appeal at the Botanic Gardens in Melbourne on Sunday 14 March 2010. After months of training and anticipation, staff left their corporate attire at home to don their running gear and finished the race at competitive times!
Pink Bun Breast Cancer Fundraiser, May 2009
Extend partnered with Bakers Delight for the Pink Bun Breast Cancer Fundraiser to help raise funds for the Breast Cancer Network Australia. Pink buns were sold at several Extend OSHC locations across Melbourne with a combined effort of 119 buns sold. All proceeds went directly to the Breast Cancer Network Australia.