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Support Kids Like Us And Be Rewarded – The Entertainment Book

We’re raising funds for the Kids Like Us Bursary Fund, and you can help!

Order the NEW 2018 | 2019 Entertainment Book or Entertainment Digital Membership and you’ll receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do, and you’ll also be supporting our fundraising. PLUS, order now to receive over $100 of bonus Early Bird Offers (hurry, these sell out quickly).

Every cent we raise from sales of the Entertainment Book or the Entertainment Digital Membership goes directly to the Bursary Fund, helping us to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds – currently around 40% of those we work with.

Also, as an exclusive offer – the first ten people to sign up through us will get a free dyslexia-friendly Barrington Stoke reading book!

SUPPORT US NOW

“The Entertainment Book is great value for such a low price. There are a lot of savings I
get back instantly. It more than outweighs the original price. There is something for
everyone casual, fine dining, adventure and family. I couldn’t live without it.” – Susan L

Entertainment Book 1

Entertainment Book 2

Entertainment Book 3

For more information about the Kids Like Us Bursary Fund and why we’re fundraising for it, visit https://kidslikeus.org.au/bursary-fund.

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*KLU Moving Home Sale!*

Saturday 22nd April 8am ’til 5pm

Everything must go! …or at least, that’s how it feels!

With Kids Like Us gearing up for next term at our new site in Beaumaris, it’s time for us to say goodbye to some of our learning resources, books and other things that we just don’t have space for in our new home!

That’s why we’re opening up our haul in the main room at Bay Road to you. We’re offering a staggering range of cool and useful things at low prices, including:

 

teaching resources

board games

toys

books from authors including Garth Nix, Suzanne Collins, and many many more.

 

All profits from sales will feed back into the Kids Like Us Bursary Fund, directly contributing to the education and support of our students.

And these are just the tip of the iceberg!

We will also have resources from our online store available to purchase, including:

trugs

Barrington Stoke Books

Phonic Books

 

To browse our wide selection, visit us at our ‘old’ site at 21 Bay Road, Sandringham on Saturday 22nd April.

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With Thanks Beyond Compare – The KLU Volunteer Team

This post can be boiled down to two simple words, two words that we can never say enough – no matter how much we want to!

 

THANK YOU!!!

 

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the incredible Kids Like Us Volunteering team, who help us out in so many different ways. Often we see these volunteers lending a hand around the Hub or offering their services at a KLUb, but sometimes our volunteers go above and beyond!

Recently, we held two volunteering events, one to help us out personally, and the other to raise funds for the Kids Like Us Bursary Fund.

For the first of these, we held a Gardening Bee at our future home one Saturday! Volunteers here helped us to make our garden look incredible (and we look forward to everyone seeing it!), and to be as safe as possible for our students. What we hadn’t expected was the incredible ideas these volunteers came up with while they were working, or just how much they’d enjoy what they were doing! We’ll be holding more gardening bees every few months, and we look forward to getting stuck in with them again!

 

The next day, an elite group of intrepid volunteers rose from their slumber in the early hours of the morning and made their way to Beach Road. Their mission? To safeguard cyclists and runners in the midst of a triathlon! From six thirty to eleven thirty, these volunteers held their ground, guiding members of the public to alternate routes and keeping Beach Road clear for competitors. For each volunteer, we gained $60 for the Kids Like Us Bursary fund, helping students from low-income backgrounds to access the help and support they need.

We really can’t thank these incredible teams enough, and we are so truly grateful for their brilliant work.

 

Thank you!

 

If you’re interested in joining our team either as a volunteer or a Volunteer Coordinator, let Catherine know at catherine@kidslikeus.org.au!

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Kids Like Creative Writing – Inspire

 

Do you have a story to tell, or a poem to rhyme?

Kids Like Us is launching its next big creative writing project, and we’d love you to be a part of it! We’re looking for short stories, poems – any kind of creative writing to appear in our first creative writing compilation – ‘Inspire’!

The theme of this edition is ‘Beyond, Beneath and Behind’ – so your piece could be about someone going above and beyond, an adventure beneath the sea, a hidden world behind a picture – anything you like! You can write in whatever style or genre you want, so romance, science fiction, action, a spooky story, if you can write it – we’ll print it!

Submissions can be typed or handwritten, and can be anywhere between six and one thousand words. We will accept submissions from all students and alumni.

All submissions will be published in Inspire, which will be made available to families soon after the final submission date – April 30th. Editor’s Choice awards will receive movie passes!

To submit your piece, you can either give it to a member of our staff or email it to Alex at alexa@kidslikeus.org.au.

Good luck!

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Sponsor a Fence – a Fundraising Appeal

Kids Like Us is looking to build a fence around our new home to ensure the maximum safety for our students, and we’d value your support in making this a reality.

Sponsorship levels are:

Fence post – 20 available: $50 each

1m of fence – 25 available: $100 each

Gate panel – 4 available: $500 each

Each part of the fence will feature a plaque naming the individual or company who sponsored it. You can sponsor by cash, card, cheque, or through Eventbrite here: https://klusponsor-a-fence.eventbrite.com.au.

Thank you!

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Kids Like Merchandise – Bursary Badges & More!

The Kids Like Us Bursary Fund is helping to support more and more students every year, and as part of our fundraising efforts we’re dreaming bigger and bigger!

In the coming months, we’re going to be launching a number of innovative designs and products that will see 100% of all profits directed towards the Bursary Fund, helping students from less advantaged families to access the support they need. This year, we’re hoping to allocate $40,000 worth of support to these students, and we’re sure that these new developments will help us on our way to making this a reality!

We’re happy to announce the first series of these products now! With a HUGE amount of thanks to one incredibly generous KLU parent who’s donating her time and energy to creating these, Kids Like Us will soon be offering a range of badges, buttons, keyrings and magnets. We’ll be offering these through our online store and onsite, so be sure to keep an eye out! The following products will soon be available, with smaller pin fit for a business suit to follow, and even some t-shirts along the line!

Badge (small) – $2.00.

Badge (large) – $4.00. Also the same size and image as the Magnet – $4.00.

Keyring (small) – $2.00.

Keyring (large) – $4.00.

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Morning Marshalling – A Request for Volunteers

From the desk of Catherine Kirby, CEO of Kids Like Us


Dear Kids Like Us parents and friends,

The KLU Bursary Fund provides financial support to kids and families who need discounted access or financial support to get the counselling and learning support that they need to get through school. We raise funds through specific fundraising events, philanthropy, and donations. In 2017 we are expecting to receive requests for up to $40,000 of support which is a lot of money to raise. This term alone, we have been approached for $8000 through Bursary Applications.

In the old days, Anne would have just provided services free of charge – you may have been one of those families who benefitted from Anne’s generosity. But that is no longer possible with staff to pay, rent to find and bills to cover.

If we were a big private school, we would ask our alumni and parents to put their hands deep in their pockets and donate large sums of money – but all we are asking for is for you to donate a few hours on a Sunday morning.

The KLU Bursary Fund is in urgent need of a funding top up. One way we can achieve this is by providing KLU volunteers to do marshalling duties with the Sandringham Lions on events such as triathlons and marathons etc. on Beach Road.

The next street marshalling event is on SUNDAY, 19TH MARCH 2017 on Beach Road where we need around 70 marshals. The time commitment is generally from 6:30am to late morning (to  be confirmed). Volunteers work in pairs (so sign up with a friend) and is open to anyone over the age of 16.

For every KLU volunteer we raise $60 for the KLU Bursary Fund.

To sign up as a volunteer, follow this link: www.volunteersignup.org/9JDFY.

Sign-ups close on Friday 3rd March.

If you are busy on Sunday 19th March and would prefer to donate then please go to our online donations link https://kidslikeus.org.au/your-donation/.

Thank you in advance,

Catherine

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The Mane Event – Lions and Kids Trivia Night Funds Raised

The recent Lions and Kids Trivia Night Funds was a roaring (pardon the pun!) success, thanks to all those who came along and those who donated their time, prizes and support!

At a recent dinner of the Sandringham Lions Club, KLU Board Chair Melissa Wilkey was presented with a cheque for $7,482.11 by Lee Murray, 1st Vice President of Sandringham Lions Club (both pictured).

This is a fantastic outcome from the night, the money raised by your generosity will be a huge benefit to the children and families who access the KLU Bursary Fund.

Thank you again to all the helpers and wonderful donors, we couldn’t have done it without you! A full list of donors, sponsors and helpers can be found below. Please support these people/traders and if you can, let them know how much we appreciate their generosity.

Thank you letters and/or Certificates of Appreciation will be sent out in the next week or two. Please pass this news onto all your family and friends who attended or donated or supported in some way.

We truly can’t express just how grateful we are to all those who contributed to this event, but will try our best by saying thanks, thanks and thanks again!

 

To see all donors, sponsors and helpers, please click here.

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A Helping Hand – The Kids Like Us Bursary Fund

As Kids Like Us continues its support of twice-exceptional young people, we work with children and families from all backgrounds.

Many of these children come from disadvantaged backgrounds, and need financial support to access services that they require. Without the help that we can offer these children can find themselves isolated in their school environment, held back from achieving their full potential. Twice-exceptional young people who lack the support to embrace their twice-exceptionality and to develop the skills and strategies are often left anxious, depressed, and at a distance from those their age.

Reaching out and lending a helping hand to these children is a priority for us, and that’s why we established the Kids Like Us Bursary Fund. This is a dedicated bursary fund that manages and distributes funds to young people who need financial support to help them access their learning. The fund is governed by a separate Board, and follows an application process – the first steps of which can be found on our Bursary Fund page. Accounts are prepared by Pitcher Partners.

Through our bursary fund, we look to fund the equivalent of 20% of the value of our services to students experiencing financial hardship.

Over the course of 2015, your donations funded over $10’000 of support to the young people of our area, and we look set to be able to offer the same and more in 2016.

Donations to our bursary fund contribute where they’re most needed, ensuring that these twice-exceptional young people are able to achieve their highest goals in school and later life. All contributions are gratefully received.