Bubs in Arms Event Supporting Make-A-Wish
Well, our insane idea to throw a Chrismas charity event for 80 mums and tiny babies was absolutely magical! Filled with the nicest mothers and sweetest babies you'll ever see, mums supporting each other and enjoying bonding with their tiny creations.
We were able to donate $12,485 to Make-a-Wish at the event and even got to present a giant cheque! There was no way we could have reached this number without the incredible support of everyone who purchased a mat during the month, with $10 from every sale going towards the donation, along with ticket sales at the event.
This money has now gone on to grant some amazing wishes for kids who need a smile, one of which is Penelope. A week before gorgeous little Penelope's first brithday, her family received the devastating news that she had a tumour inside her chest. She was later diagnosed with neuroblastoma and her tumour was considered malignant. Now, this adorable little one has to endure lots of doctor visits and hospital trips for therapy. So, to give Penelope a distraction throughout all this medical treatment, Make-A-Wish were able to grant her a life-changing wish.
Penelope wished for a Frozen-themed cubby house and that is certainly what the little princess received!
Bronya, Penelope's mum, said: "I can't thank you guys enough. It was beyond anything I imagined. I thought she was just going to get this little cubby thing but it was just exactly what she wanted even down to the snowflakes on the walls."
So, MASSIVE thank you to everyone who contributed during our Make-A-Wish campaign, it has really made a difference!
To read Penelope's full story, visit: https://www.makeawish.org.au/wishes/wish-stories/penelope
Supporting Intergenerational Play
We are massive supporters of intergenerational play groups and were so honoured to see our Luxe Play Mats being used as part of one in our founder Alana's home-town of Ballina. After watching the ABC's program "Old People's Home for Four Year Olds" we were exposed to the true importance of these initiatives for both the elderly and young children, making it especially heartwarming to see local community members starting up similar concepts!
The Crowley Care team had purchased a play mat themselves and kindly shared images of their residents enjoying it with their younger counterparts. It *really* touched our whole team so we donated another mat to them and Alana's mum, Kathy, was able to hand deliver it and say hi to some gorgeous "mini kids" and residents. Seriously special!
The Munchkin & Bear Team were so emotionally impacted, like the rest of Australia, by the bushfires nation-wide in late 2019/ early 2020. We were constantly thinking about those affected and what a devastating time it was, and still is, for many. It really made us appreciate how truely lucky we were to not be in an area directly touched by the tradgedy. With this being said, we wanted to be of some aid and help others in any way we could, so dontated $1,000 cash to both Red Cross Australia and Wires Wildlife Rescue so they could better assist those in need.
Willow's CP Journey
Tara and the amazing Willow from 'Willow's CP Journey' really touched our hearts. Together they were the first to make us realise our mats are perfect for therapy play. Their compassionate commitment to advocating for children with special needs is so inspiring!
Read more about the journey here: http://www.willowscpjourney.com.au/
Supporting a More Equal Future for All Australians
At Munchkin & Bear we are supportive of working towards a more equal future for our first nations people to ensure everybody has the same choices and opportunities. Donations have been made to the following causes in support of this notion:
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation https://www.
The National Justice Project https://justice.org.au
Sisters on the Inside https://sistersinside.com.au
The links provide a great educational rescource on the importance of the work these organisations do.
Other Acts of Kindness
We are so honoured to be in a postion to be able to give back to our community and help out those in need with the support of our amazing Tribe. One intiative we love doing is giving our followers the chance to win a play mat for themselves and we will also donate one to the winners charity of choice. Some of these charities include:
Infocus Disability Services
Bear Cottage (part of Children's Hospital at Westmead)
Act for Kids
Ronald McDonald (SEQ)