Variety Home Schooling Crisis

Rally Your Community to Close the Digital Divide

At times like these, we need to stick together to help the most vulnerable in our community

Victorian kids are in crisis and they need our help.

Imagine Home Schooling with Limited Access to Devices or Internet
Right now, Variety kids living in disadvantaged families are missing out on essential food and utilities. Many are without devices or internet access, creating further social isolation and loss of educational support, impacting future engagement at school and mental wellbeing. You can make a difference by rallying your community and fundraising today.

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  • We have seen 113% increase in requests to Variety
  • 1 in 6 Victorian children live below the poverty line
  • 2.5 million Australians are not online because of affordability issues, location or lack of digital literacy
  • Australians with disability have a low level of digital inclusion compared to other Australians
  • Kids futures are being compromised
  • We surveyed our families – 100% are concerned about the impact of COVID on their children
  • 30 groups including Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) wrote to Communications Minister Paul Fletcher to advocate for "targeted low-cost broadband" and other initiatives to negate the digital divide,

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With the help of you and your friends, we can step in now. 

With families already in crisis, we urgently need your support.

Variety responds to gaps and needs. Right now we need your help to provide iPads, laptops and educational equipment to meet these urgent essentials. We are also delivering educational toys and games to make lock down bearable, keep children engaged and to simply bring a little joy into their world.

From national bushfire crisis to a global pandemic emergency, we need your help right now. With limited government funding, the Variety family needs you to act fast and donate to provide urgent help to Victoria's most at risk children.

During times like these, the support Variety provide becomes even more critical - we are already seeing our requests skyrocket by 113%, which will only continue in the coming months.

We surveyed our Variety families to learn how the crisis is affecting them.

Here’s just one mother’s desperate story:

“The damage that could be done now to my son’s education and care as a severe non-verbal autistic child may be the difference between him ever talking or being independent. This is more serious than losing a job or house even - we could lose him down a rabbit hole forever without the daily care and intervention required. After years and years of work and sacrifice it could all have been for nothing.“

What We Are Fundraising For

iPad keyboards $39 and cases $89

Apple iPads 32GB Wifi $429

Laptops with Windows Software $762

Frequently Asked Questions

Here’s the most common questions we are asked by legends, like yourself. If you’ve got a different question, give us a call 03 8698 3900 or send us an email [email protected]

Who are Variety Community Fundraisers?

Variety fundraisers are people just like you! Whether you are an existing Variety supporter, motoring event entrant, event guest or a new friend - you are all part of the Variety family. You are people who care about your community and sticking together in hard times to support our most vulnerable children. And we thank you.

How does being a Variety Community Fundraiser work?

Set up an online fundraising page here. It’s quick and easy, we promise. Once you’re set up let your closest friends and family know what you’re up to and ask them to make the first donations before sharing it far and wide! You'll have access to a special dashboard with email templates to ask for support, share online and thank your sponsors. You can update the page with your own story to let your community know why your supporting Variety kids in crisis and how they can join you in making a difference.

Why use an online fundraising page, can’t my friends and family give me cash?

When your friends and family donate through your fundraising page Variety receives the money automatically, and they receive their tax-deductible receipt straight away. If they prefer to give cash, you can make a payment of the same amount to your online fundraising page using your credit or debit card. If it’s a large amount of money that you’ve raised in cash, send us an email or give us a call about other options.

I've never fundraised before, how do I start?

There are lots of ways to fundraise – and something to suit everybody, even if it’s your first time! You could start small by setting up a fundraising page and only share it with close family and friends, or you may want to go a bit bigger and share it will all your friends on social media.

You can download your Fundraising Guide here for all the tips and tools. 

And we’re here to help! If you have questions, ideas, or need anything – send us an email to [email protected], give us a call 03 8698 3900.

Where will the money go?

Variety – the Children’s Charity believe all kids deserve a fair go. So we help kids who are sick, disadvantaged and have special needs by delivering support in these key ways.
We grant a range of equipment – such as wheelchairs or all-abilities playgrounds - to provide practical help to kids, schools and organisations in need. We run programs to educate & empower kids in need. We give scholarships to encourage the talents of kids living with disadvantage or disability. 

Since the COVID19 crisis emerged, school closures and safety concerns are forcing children to home school. 

Kids who live with illness and disability are already ‘locked down’, isolated and socially distanced due to compromised immune systems. Now they are more at risk, more frightened and more alone than ever. Right now, Variety kids living in disadvantaged families are missing out on essential food and utilities. Many are without devices or internet access, creating further social isolation and loss of educational support, impacting future engagement at school and mental wellbeing. 

Variety will be providing iPads and laptops to kids in crisis to secure their future education, thanks to your support.

What about internet access?

Variety are in the early stages of working with a major supplier to provide data to kids in need. Stay tuned for more details.

Other Ways to Help Out

If you'd prefer to make a one off donation you can visit our appeal page to give today.


Need help? We're here for you!

Variety have a range or resources and fundraising tools to help you on your way! Contact us on (03) 8698 3900 or [email protected]