Variety – the Children’s Charity

Some information about Variety

The Variety story began in 1928, when a desperate mother left her baby at the Sheridan Theatre, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania USA.  The theatre company adopted her and cared for her and named her ‘Sheridan’.  Over time the arts and entertainment industry started a charity to raise money for homeless children in the dark days of the Depression. Today, Variety is an international organisation, operating in 14 countries.

2010 was a milestone for Variety Australia, celebrating over 35 years of service.

Variety is primarily a volunteer organisation with as few as 30 staff members Australia wide allowing maximum return to our clients – the individual children, children’s hospitals, community groups, schools and organisations.

We don’t give cash but what we do provide and pay for is specialised equipment and services that improve the quality of life. Here are a few notes of thanks to give you more of an insight into who we are and what we do…

I am writing to thank you for purchasing a computer for my son. My son (if he could speak) would say thanks “ he loves it and we wouldn’t have it without Variety’s help. Thank you again and again.”

“Please accept our joyful thanks for the hydraulic wheelchair lift. Please tell all the people who contribute to Variety what a difference they have made to our lives.”

“My name is Genevieve and I wish to thank you with all my heart for assisting me by supplying a suction wig. I have had Alopecia Areata since I was ten years of age. Since I have had this wig my friends have asked me if my hair has grown back! I am back into sports and living my life like a normal teenager. Thank you for the support you have given me.”

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When you help a child, you help a family, when you help a family, you help a community!


Source: Variety NSW