Posted: 29th January 2018
I’m asking WiRE Delegates to the conference to donate pens, crayons, colouring books or drawing pads – anything to help vulnerable children be creative Donated items will be added to the Buddy Bags and distributed to vulnerable children. Please bring whatever you can, I’ll be there with a big box, do come and have a chat with me.
During a visit to Australia in 2014 I was completely inspired by an article about The Alannah and Madeline Foundation which has delivered more than 50,000 Buddy Bags to children in emergency care in Australia since 2007. On returning to the UK, I quickly set about researching the facilities available to children in emergency care and discovered a huge need for Buddy Bags in the UK. I launched The Buddy Bag Foundation and Buddy Bag appeal in the UK in January 2017, with the help and support of The Alannah and Madeline Foundation. To date Buddy Bags UK has distributed 12,000 bags to children in need.
As women in the UK, many of us with our own children we felt that providing practical and vital support to children in extreme situations was not only appropriate but very close to our hearts. We are asking delegates to donate items to help keep these children busy and creative; pens, crayons, colouring books, pads of paper etc. Please pop along to the Buddy Bag stand and talk to Karen about her work.