Backpacks filled with basic, essential items for thousands of children in emergency accommodation

Buddy Bags

Some kids have a lot to carry, but little of their own

Refuges and emergency foster care offer a safe space to tens of thousands of vulnerable children each year. Often they arrive with nothing more than the clothes they are wearing.

The process can be swift and traumatic, leaving children facing new and unfamiliar surroundings. Many will have experienced violence and suddenly find themselves separated from parents or siblings. They are scared, alone and in need of comfort.

 Buddy Bags are backpacks full of basic, essential items gifted to vulnerable children.

A Buddy Bag offers more than just material aid, it is one of the vital first steps to recovery. These everyday items restore a sense of safety and security to children when they need it most.

Buddy Bags contain items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, pillowcase, facewasher, PJs, underwear and socks, as well as a book, activity kit, photo frame and the all-important teddy bear.

For 12 years, the Alannah & Madeline Foundation has worked tirelessly to provide Buddy Bags to some of the 60,000 children who rely on emergency accommodation each year.

They are our children and they need your help.

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How you can help

The Buddy Bags program runs on the support from our community. A small amount can create a large, lasting impact. We’re thankful for any help you can provide.

If you or your company wishes to donate items in bulk that we can use in our Buddy Bags, please let us know by either calling or emailing us using the contact details below.

Contact Kirsty Rice at 03 9697 0607 or

  • AMF_Icongraphy_White_AMF_60,000BuddyBags.png $50 can provide a full Buddy Bag for a child in need .
  • AMF_Icongraphy_White_eSmart_98%Principals_Male.png $25 can provide toiletries, underwear and pyjamas for a child.
  • AMF_Icongraphy_White_NCAB_1in4Children.png $10 can provide toiletries such as a toothbrush and toothpaste for a child

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Buddy Bags really do make a difference

We hear from mothers, carers and children about their experience with Buddy Bags every day. Many, like Miki, say the program supports them and their families during what can be an extremely traumatic time.

“My kids still have their teddies that came with their Buddy Bags when we first went to the women's refuge over three years ago. It's a great incentive to put a smile on children's faces who have had to deal with domestic violence.”


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