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Celebrate Children's Week with Us!

Host and take part in a range of exciting activities, events, and fundraisers! You can be the difference for disadvantaged children to ensure that no child is left behind.

Support Big Group Hug at the Melbourne Marathon!

Register to enter the 3km walk or 5km walk/run as part of our team and raise funds in your of your challenge. Join today by registering with Melbourne Marathon and choosing Big Group Hug as the charity you’ll raise funds for.

We are thrilled to be a finalist in the Community Category of the Sustainability Awards.

Last financial year we diverted over 100 tons from landfill, not only keeping children’s items in the circular economy, but providing essential material aid to children and families in need.

Congratulations to all of the 2023  finalists!

We’re a community of helping hands. We are YOU!

We are a grassroots organisation with 300+ volunteers committed to helping our community’s most vulnerable children and families.

No one knows our community better than its residents, like YOU! Please join us in making change for your neighbours. 

Share the joy this festive season

Gifts of Hope
This festive season, support a local family in need.
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Donate to support people like Chamelia & Baha

Chamelia and Baha came to Australia with hope and excitement for a better life. They had three children, but when their daughter Aysha was diagnosed with a rare disease, Chamelia had no choice but to become her full-time carer.

Aysha’s condition meant her skin was extremely delicate and easily blistered, causing immense pain and discomfort. Baha became the sole income earner and often had to work long hours to make ends meet. With no family and minimal social supports they felt as though they had no one to turn to. 

Embrace the bare facts

children live in poverty in Australia

According to the ACOSS 2020 Poverty and Inequality report1 774,000, under the age of 15 live below the poverty line in Australia.

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The main reason families request our support is financial hardship, followed by domestic violence.

tonnes of recycling and counting...

We are helping the environment by recycling and repurposing pre-loved items on a daily basis to gift to families in need (with some items that must be given new). 

You can create lasting change.


You can raise money to help families in financial crisis.

We believe in you! And we’re here to help at every step.

Funds you raise will help us continue to provide the essential items our families need. You can raise funds at an event you host, or online as part of a personal challenge.


Do you have new or pre-loved children’s supplies to pass on?

We have families waiting for your items.

Your donated goods are distributed to local children living in crisis. Check out our list of urgent requests – you could help someone TODAY.


We have so many ways you can get involved, from our centres or at home, whether it’s as an individual or as a workplace team. every minute makes a difference. 

Join our volunteer family today, we need your help!

Volunteering is a great way to support a local cause and make a real difference.

When we embrace the problem together, we make the biggest difference.

Call-out for urgent needs

Can you help?

Our needs change with those seeking our material help and your donations. Check our current needs and donation drop-off locations and hours.

Give your pre-loved items a new life. Give a child a better life.

“I had nothing.”

“I am a soon to be single mum due in literally weeks. I was terrified and trying to figure out how I was going to afford what I had left to buy for my baby’s arrival. With no family help or support I was getting worried and felt like I wasn’t able to figure this out on my own. Today, I received  the most amazing delivery from you and I just want to say, God bless all of you and thank you sooo much!!”

Annual Events at Big Group Hug

PJs, Socks, Singlets and Jocks

Run a goods drive in your school or workplace to collect new pyjamas, singlets, socks…


Our biannual coat drive in May, asking the business community and members of the public to donate coats for kids…

Gifts of Hope

This festive season, gift an essential item for a local family in need.

Keep child poverty down by keeping up with the news

Kids’ Parties for Kids in Need

Children’s Week: 21-29 October 2023 Children’s Week is a national celebration that recognises the talents, skills, achievements and rights of children. It is based on

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We can’t help others without our partners and supporters.

That’s the Big Group Hug way!

Support comes in all shapes and sizes. We are so grateful to the organisations, businesses, corporates and councils who get behind us, both financially and with material aid.

Thank you Money3!

Corporate partner and local specialist non-bank finance provider

From supporting specific campaigns such as our PJ’s, Jocks and Socks, and Coats for Kids, to donating cots on behalf of their clients instead of giving Christmas hampers, Money3 has been a constant cheerleader of Big Group Hug. The Money3 team went above and beyond when it came to hosting our Giving Day 2021, where they not only came on board as a Match Donor, but also provided the venue for the Giving Day HQ and their own staff members even helped man the donation hotline! Money3’s ongoing support and encouragement is incredible and truly appreciated by the Big Group Hug team.

Can you support Big Group Hug as a corporate partner? Talk to our team to find the right fit for your organisation.






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