Friends of BUSHkids (FoBk) is a network of volunteers based in the rural and regional communities we serve. The Friends network provides practical support to the organisation, raising BUSHkids’ profile and strengthening our position at the heart of the community.
Friends of BUSHkids’ members come from a wide variety of backgrounds; parents whose children have benefited from our services, health professionals who have an interest in rural or children’s health issues, educators concerned with childhood development, and representatives of local business, government, and community organisations. All have the common desire to support the health and wellbeing of children living in their community.
For BUSHkids, the Friends network provides a number of vital functions that support our local operations; helping build relationships within the community, acting as a channel for communication between BUSHkids and community representatives so our services can be better tailored to local needs, providing practical support to our service centres in the form of volunteers, and raising much needed financial support for the organisation through business sponsorships and fundraising.
BUSHkids continues to operate with minimal overheads and is financed primarily through the generosity of Queenslanders, with more volunteers than full and part-time staff, and matching every dollar received in government grants with an equal amount raised by the organisation. Public donations remain a vital part of BUSHkids’ funding and it is the work of Friends of BUSHkids’ volunteers that helps to ensure we can continue to provide our services free of charge to the rural and remote communities that need them.
We currently have active Friends of BUSHkids committees in Bundaberg, Emerald, Warwick and Brisbane, and we are currently working to establish Friends of BUSHkids committees in Mount Isa and Dalby. If you would like to join them in helping us, or would like to set up a Friends of BUSHkids committee in your local area, call us on 07 3870 7288 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your details.