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Make Christmas special for disadvantaged kids in Banyule

Thu 8 November, 2018

The annual Banyule Children’s Gift Appeal which provides quality new toys and gift vouchers to local disadvantaged families is on again in the lead up to Christmas.

“Last year, close to 400 children who live in Banyule received gifts, and this is all thanks to generosity of the local community,” Banyule Mayor, Mark Di Pasquale said.

“It’s a sad reality that some families in our community struggle to provide basic needs for their children, but it’s heartening to see that year after year Banyule residents eagerly assist those less fortunate than themselves, particularly at this time of the year.”

Last year, the student leadership group at Glen Katherine Primary School in Eltham North supported the Children’s Gift Appeal with a fundraising project that raised a whopping $1100. This money was used to buy gifts that were donated to the Children’s Gift Appeal. This year the students are aiming to blow last year’s fundraising figure out of the water.

This year the Children’s Gift Appeal will gratefully accept new, unwrapped toys suitable for children under 3, boys and girls aged between 7 and 12 and donations of money to be used to purchase gift cards for children over 12. 

From 1 November to 19 December, residents can place new toys and gifts in public donation bins located at:

  • WaterMarc, 1 Flintoff Street, Greensborough
  • Banyule Community Health, 21 Alamein Rd, Heidelberg West
  • Ivanhoe Library, 255 Upper Heidelberg Rd, Ivanhoe
  • Rosanna Library, 72 Turnham Ave, Rosanna
  • Watsonia Library, 4/6 Ibbottson St, Watsonia
  • Council’s Ivanhoe Service Centre, 275 Upper Heidelberg Rd, Ivanhoe
  • Ivanhoe Aquatic Banyule, 70 Waterdale Rd, Ivanhoe

If you would like to donate money, are an individual and would like to volunteer, or are a community group and would like to provide assistance, visit

If you or a local family you know is having trouble making ends meet, there are a number of services that can help which are listed on our website