While Christmas is a joyous time for most, for children who miss out on basic needs on a daily basis, a visit from Santa and a celebration with family and friends is something they can only dream about. That’s why each year Variety Victoria provides an event which gives thousands of children living with disadvantage or special needs the opportunity to experience the things at Christmas we all take for granted – a break from the stresses and strains of everyday life, unconditional acceptance, time with family and friends and a gift to unwrap.
From humble beginnings, the Variety Christmas Party is now in its 27th year and has welcomed over 100,000 children who are sick, disadvantaged or live with special needs. There is entertainment to suit everyone – from jumping castles and musical entertainment, gifts from Santa, carnival rides and discos for the energetic as well as face painting, a Variety Liberty Swing and interactive choices for those in wheelchairs and quiet activities for those who don’t care for the noise and excitement. For many children with special needs it is a day of normalisation amongst friends and peers. This is an event that provides a rare opportunity for special children to both celebrate and be celebrated.
It takes $200 to send a child to the Variety Children’s Christmas Party which is free of charge for our guests, more than 5000 children each year. The day is made possible by the spirit of the Variety family – over 1000 volunteers, carers, sponsors, celebrities, sport stars and emergency services get on board to make the day possible. At our largest and most visible grant each year, the looks of joy and wonderment on the children’s faces as they enjoy all that Christmas should be makes it all worthwhile.Visit Website
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