Recently, representatives from COS South Australia selected Backpacks 4 Kids as their local charity for 2018, donating $10,000 via the Lyone Foundation.
Backpacks 4 Kids began with two young families who wanted to do something to help foster children. They started putting items together to give to children who, through no fault of their own, had been put in the situation of having to leave home and had no possessions to call their own, which would comfort and help them with their basic needs during an unbelievably stressful time in their young lives.
More friends and families started to join in and collect items to donate, and Backpacks 4 SA Kids was born. From this initial dream, with the motto ‘doing it for the kids’, Backpacks has grown from a few packs organised in Rachael’s carport to an organisation that assists over 3,000 South Australian kids every year. With the addition of the Home Starter Packs and Anchor Packs, we now assist approximately a further 5,000 vulnerable children and young people each year.