30th Anniversary Party

The past 12 months has seen Variety – the Children’s Charity Tent 77 achieved some fantastic fundraising results. We thank all of our passionate fundraisers for their unwavering dedication to our cause, helping children in need live life to their fullest potential.

When we change one child’s life, we change that of their family, their friends and their community.


Our biggest achievement in 2016 however, didn’t involve just one child, but over 150,000 children in need – the 30th anniversary of the Variety Children’s Christmas Party.

The Variety Children’s Christmas Party isn’t just a celebration with rides, activities, entertainment and presents, it is much more. It’s a tangible break from judgement, exclusion and anxiety in the lives of these children and their families.


Since its inception, the party has offered children a gift like no other: the opportunity to experience unconditional acceptance in a safe, friendly and understanding environment whilst enjoying the magic of Christmas with their families. A Christmas celebration many would otherwise not experience.


There is no cost to any of the families or school groups that attend the party – food is catered for, and even Santa manages to take time out of his busy schedule to pay the children a visit.

The party had humble beginnings as a small event where children were given wooden toys, handmade by Board Members but – testament to the passion and determination of our fundraisers – the Variety Children’s Christmas Party has grown into a seminal event on the Melbourne calendar, welcoming 5,000 children each year. We look forward to celebrating for many years to come.

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