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What is Bolsta BIG UP?

We believe Schools, Clubs & Charities and the volunteers behind them, play a vital role in making our communities better. We want to help them make an even BIGGER difference.

Register your not-for-profit organisation, for a chance to win $500 in our monthly BIG UP Member Draw.

It’s FREE! With no strings attached!

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Title: Maribyrnong Park Football Club
Author: Charlie Genech
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Category: Sports & Leisure
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Previous Winners

$2000 BIG UP Draw Winners

Bosco Gymnastics Club

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South Coast Saints Netball Club

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Sams Spares

Thank you Bolsta!

Winning the $2000 prize will help Sam’s Spares with our expansion to our new location!

It could not have come at a better time and can’t thank the team at Blosta enough for creating this opportunity.

Now we have won we are nominating other local organisations to share the love and support other community projects

$500 Member Draw Winners
Duranbah Public School

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Cekor Macedonian Dance Company
“We are a non for profit organisation in which we share Macedonian culture and traditions through song, dance and our vibrant costumes. We aim to showcase Macedonian culture throughout the multicultural community nationally and internationally but attending a wide variety of functions and events. Not only do we promote multiculturalism, but we also promote healthy and active lifestyles!
This generous donation will help us in hosting a multicultural event this year within our community in which we are really looking forward to.
Thank you Bolsta once again for this generous win!!”
$500 Member Draw Winners
Maccabi Victoria Athletics Club
Maccabi Athletic Club junior members – “jumping for joy”.  Thanks again to the Bolsta BIG Up Program!”
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51 Trees

“My name is Moya Stewart and myself and other local residents became passionate about saving a stand of old growth gum trees in our township.

These trees are on a large parcel of land purchased for a housing development close to our town and enjoyed by local residents and wildlife.

In the development’s initial plans the trees were to remain and most of the houses built on treeless paddocks elsewhere on the land.

When residents found out that the developer had been granted an amendment by council allowing him to build approx. 400 residences on this treed part of the land and remove 51 mature gum trees to do so they were stunned. People submitted many objections to council and the developer. When these objections were heard and rejected the residents banded together and decided to appeal to VCAT. A specialist environmental lawyer was employed and an urban planner to draw up alternative plans that would incorporate most of the new dwellings and save most of the trees. We prepared and waited for the VCAT hearing. Unbeknown to us the Minister for Planning withdrew the case to have his team asses fast tracking the development to assist a ‘building led covid recovery’. Thus more preparation and the lawyers and resident’s representatives having to attend hearings with the Minister for Planning and his team. A costly exercise! We were thrilled when the Minister unexpectedly declined the developer’s proposal.

So that’s were we stand at the moment. We won and the trees remain! But It’s been a long and expensive fight for us and we have been left with significant debts which we are still fundraising to pay and will be for a long time yet.

So we thank you for the win from Bolsta. It does help and it also boosts our morale and motivation to keep going”.

$500 Member Draw Winners
NSW Pickleball Association
“Pickleball NSW is the peak body for over 1000 registered players in NSW, playing at venues right across the State. Bolsta’s generous donation will enable Pickleball NSW to purchase more equipment to cope with the explosive growth in this sport”
$2000 BIG UP Draw Winners
Malvern Springs Primary School P&C
“Thank you. We are thrilled to have won $2,023 in 2023! Our P&C at Malvern Springs Primary School consists of a bunch of fun spirited mums volunteering, fundraising and donating, to help our school wherever we can! These funds from Bolsta will help boost our contribution to the new adventure playground”
$2000 BIG UP Draw Winners
Fostering Hope Australia
“This amazing donation from you will be used towards funding for a van so we can deliver items to remote communities and help the aboriginal communities who are really struggling right now”
$500 Member Draw Winners
Caring Cases QLD
“I’ve always dreamed of winning one of your draws and the boost it would have given us. You do a truly smashing service to small charities, the funds are life savers”.


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Melita Eagles Sports Club
“Our still active Melita Eagles Sports Club committee are eager to revive our once proud football club, to reclaim our identity, and bring the Maltese Community together to support the only remaining Maltese football club in Sydney. Bolsta’s donation will give opportunities to children, men, women, and the disadvantaged to proudly represent our famous club once again. A massive THANK YOU from all of us at Melita Eagles Sports Club”
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Aussie Battlers – Pay It Forward
“This donation will be such a huge help to our local community. Many individuals and families really do it tough over Christmas so they will be provided with food and gift hampers. We help people who are homeless, escaping domestic violence or just struggling financially. We are all volunteers and we have to raise all of our own funds so we are so grateful. Thankyou so much from Karen and Janette 😊
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Bomaderry Community Inc
“Just when life has been throwing as much rubbish at people as they can take, along comes this – entirely – unexpected spark of brilliance. Thank you. Sincerely, thank you.”


$2000 BIG UP Draw Winners
Engineers Without Boarders Australia
This donation will allow EWB to impact more families in more communities, help children stay safe at school, help rural people living with disability access adaptive transport technolgy, and help communities adapt to increasingly frequent extreme weather events and extended dry seasons”
$500 Member Draw Winners
The Warrior Women Foundation
“Your donation will enable us to provide holistic evidence-based support programs to empower under-represented vulnerable young women to achieve independence through mental and financial wellbeing”


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Pod Projects
“THANK YOU BOLSTA – to say we are a ‘little’ excited is an understatement! The funds are gratefully received & will make a HUGE impact upon supporting our life changing projects to those living in poverty in rural Siem Reap, Cambodia. To the whole Bolsta team, many thanks again for all you do”
$500 Member Draw Winners
Lake Illawarra Athletics Centre
“Thank you very much. This will go towards our equipment purchases as well as helping our families with the cost of uniforms”


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Oakville Public School
“Oakville Public School P&C is very excited & so appreciative to receive these funds from Bolsta. We are a small committee of just a few parents who provide support to the school, by organising events & fundraisers to raise as much funds as we can to put back into the school, whether it be by buying new play equipment, laptops & iPad or improving the look of the school. Thank you so much Bolsta for such an amazing opportunity, we are so grateful”
$500 Member Draw Winners
Bats Qld
“Bats QLD is a volunteer run, not for profit organisation that Rescues, Rehabilitates and Releases Flying Foxes and Microbats across SE QLD. We also do a lot of work towards educating the public about the importance of these keystone species and are also involved in the conservation of their habitat. Our amazing members donate many hours, skills and dollars towards reaching these goals. Bats QLD are super excited to be winners in your July draw!”


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Share The Love Project
“We are so incredibly excited to win June’s $2,000 BIG UP Draw!! At present, we are primarily self-funded, which alongside our small amount of fundraising, is our sole source of income. Your generous donation will be used to purchase much-needed supplies and reinvested into our ongoing projects. We currently have plans for some additional projects in the future and your generous donation will help us work towards getting these off the ground.
We thank you for your generosity and are excited about the opportunities this much-needed funding presents us. Many thanks”
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Bellbird Public School P&C
“Our P&C is made up of a small group of dedicated, hardworking volunteers. This $500 will help us buy plants for our school gardens that we’ve just weeded over the weekend. We’ll also have some money left over for paint for playground markings during our next weekend working bee”


$2000 BIG UP Draw Winners
Cekor Macedonian Dance Company
“Due to COVID, the past couple of years has been challenging for our organisation and we have not had the opportunity to showcase who we are to our community. This donation will assist us in purchasing authentic Macedonian costumes for all our dancers, but also allow us in hosting a much anticipated gala night where we can showcase our love of dance. The funds will also help us in giving us the opportunity to continue achieving our goals!!”
$500 Member Draw Winners
Canberra Fury Baseball Club
“The Canberra Fury Women’s Baseball Team are a newly established association in the ACT, strongly in support of the development of women’s baseball opportunities. The Canberra Fury Baseball association strives to provide a platform of inclusion, reconciliation and education. As well as providing a safe place for women”


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Rose Bay Magic Netball Club
“Our club is a small club from the eastern suburbs of Sydney. We have one main coach that trains all of our teams along with some of older players who are learning to become coaches. It’s so great to watch our older players mentoring our younger players. As we are such a small club, our budget has nothing left over at the end of the season, so these funds will help us to upgrade some much needed equipment, be able to put some school holidays programs/carnivals on without parents having to pay extra, it will enable us to give our volunteer coaches and umpires a small present at the end of the season to say thank you! It will just be such a massive help to our club, we are so very excited and still can’t believe it!”
$500 Member Draw Winners
Ben Venue Public School P&C
“The Ben Venue Parents and Citizens Club is a small group who provide support and create events for the children, families and community members who are involved with Ben Venue Public School. Ben Venue is a progressive school within the Armidale district and has a proud tradition of offering challenging programs of excellence for team and individual sports as well as participation in and state-wide representation in performance areas. Ben Venue Parents and Citizens Club contributes to programs, excursions and the purchase of resources and equipment to enhance teaching and learning for students.​ This donation will assist to provide continued support to our wonderful students and school”


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Siena Netball Club
“The last couple of years has been tough for fundraising with many Covid restrictions directly impacting sporting clubs. Our club has 180 young netballers and this generous amount will assist in paying for equipment such as new balls, bibs and first aid supplies. We are also hoping to allocate some funds for training sessions for our players. Thank you so much Bolsta Fundraising for the $2000 and for this amazing opportunity. We are so incredibly grateful”
$500 Member Draw Winners
Banksia Road Primary School
“Banksia Road Primary School want every child to have equal access to technology. The P & C for Banksia Road Primary School have been raising money to purchase laptops to allow that to happen. It would be great if we could get one laptop per student. The lockdown has impacted our families, so we tried to keep fundraising to a minimum over the past two years. I am so grateful that Bolsta has awarded Banksia Road Primary School P&C Association with this prize to help us on our goal to get every child a laptop to use at school”


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Type 1 Foundation – HNER
“Thank you so much for your wonderful group. I only discovered your site last month and have already used some the information I found there. The Type1 Foundation – Hunter New England Region’s core purpose is to support and connect people with Type 1 Diabetes. We are a volunteer run not-for-profit charity. Thank you Bolsta, this amazing prize will help us hold events for families living with this chronic disease in our region and to provide both Care Packs to newly diagnosed children and a Parent Pack for their carer in hospital”
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Pod Projects
“THANK YOU BOLSTA for helping put smiles on dials just like the ones in this happy snap! The funds are gratefully received & will make a HUGE difference in supplying much needed rice to the students & their families of Smiles of Angkor School. To the whole Bolsta team, many thanks again for all you do for our local & global communities 🙏


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Riverstone Little Athletics
“This photo is some of our zone competitor who competed on the weekend, many of whom are off to regionals soon and hopefully some to state. They made our Club very proud. By winning the $2000 it means our club can pay for each child who wants to compete at these competitions and also to help buy new equipment such as shot puts, discus and hurdles! Thank you once again Bolsta, it is so greatly appreciated”
$500 Member Draw Winners
Cranbourne South Primary School
“Cranbourne South Primary School is very excited to receive these funds from Bolsta. The past 2 years have been difficult to fundraise, and this is just the boost we needed! Now that students are back on site, outdoor play is so important for their health and wellbeing. This will contribute to another piece of play equipment, that compliments our ‘Big Truck’, which is a favourite for our junior school students. Thank you very much!”


$2000 BIG UP Draw Winners
Broken Crayons Still Colour Foundation
“We were extremely excited and grateful to hear the news Broken Crayon’s Still Colour Foundation were the winners of $2000. Here at Broken Crayons Still Colour Foundation we assist victims of domestic violence.
We are desperately trying to raise funds to build our very own transitional safe home for victims of domestic violence so this precious winnings will be allocated towards our safe home vision”
$500 Member Draw Winners
Because We Care Boutique
“Founder Sharyn Becker has a vision to create a lasting social impact by supporting women who have experienced disadvantage expand their employment opportunities. Thank you soooo much for this wonderful donation we are thrilled!!! The proceeds will go towards laptop costs the volunteer use for client intakes – exciting!!!!”


$2000 BIG UP Draw Winners
Western Aquatic Swimming Club
“Western Aquatic Swimming Club is a grassroots club training at two pools in the western suburbs of Adelaide. Our swimmers range from those just starting out to seasoned national level competitors. This amazing prize from Bolsta will go towards funding new training equipment which, along with lots of early mornings and hard work, will help to take our swimmers to the next level. We can’t thanks Bolsta enough!!”
$500 Member Draw Winners
Mogo Public School


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First Light Widowed Association
“Thank you so much!! This will make a tremendous difference to our organisation. Our mission is to create and foster a community of widowed people, supporting and inspiring members to rebuild their lives after the death of a partner or spouse. We have recently announced our second Camp Widow® Australia taking place in Brisbane next August and this money will help support the delivery of the program. Thank you so much Bolsta!!
$500 Member Draw Winners
Harbord Public School P&C
“We have not had many opportunities to fundraise this year with the Covid restrictions that have been in place so this prize has been the best news ever! We have decided that we’re going to organise a little surprise for our year 6’s to farewell them at the end of their tough year!”


$2000 BIG UP Draw Winners
2nd Castle Hill Scout Group
“During the Covid lockdowns we were unable to fundraise but our fixed costs remained the same. Your donation will help us buy essential items that we could otherwise not afford! Thank you so much Bolsta!!!”
$500 Member Draw Winners
Somerton Public School P&C
“Thank you so very much for selecting us to be a prize winner. We are a small country school of 19 kids that struggles to fundraise and we have very little help. The money we have won from you will help us to establish new uniforms for our senior year. Thanks so very much for helping them feel special in their last year at our school”


$2000 BIG UP Draw Winners
Crowajingalong Scout Group
“Thanks to Bolsta for this generous donation. Crowajingalong Scout Group is the local scout group for Evatt and surrounding suburbs in the ACT. The last couple of years have been challenging for us, as it has been for everyone, but our youth members and adult volunteers have adapted to the situation and continued to support the development of children and young adults through the scouting program. Although 2021 has meant we’ve been able to do some fundraising, we’ve also had to do some major maintenance and renovations to our hall. This donation helps to keep our hall usable so that (as soon as we’re out of lockdown) we can continue to learn, grow and have fun in our own hall”
$500 Member Draw Winners
Heart Kids Australia
“HeartKids is the only national not-for-profit organisation solely focused on supporting and advocating for all people impacted by childhood heart disease, one of the largest causes of infant death in Australia.
Our purpose is to make a real and lasting impact for the Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) community.
We seek to give every child, teenager, and adult in Australia with congenital or childhood acquired heart disease a fighting chance to live a long, healthy, and fulfilling life.
This donation will go towards helping those who are struggling financially with the added expenses associated with long stays in hospital be that food, accommodation on petrol to travel from regional areas”


$2000 BIG UP Draw Winners
Stay In The FIGHT Inc
“Stay in the FIGHT is a not for profit that empowers teenage children and their carers through the early stage of their cancer chapter. It is a pack that is currently sent to teenage girls who are diagnosed with cancer in Queensland. The pack is filled with essential items that helped us through our cancer journey. Bolsta Fundraising donation will help us support another 16 children and their families. By the end of 2021 we plan to introduce packs for teenage boys. Thank you Bolsta Fundraising, we are so grateful”
$500 Member Draw Winners
Meadowbank Public School P&C 
“This donation will go towards very much needed new equipment in our school canteen to keep up with the rapid growth in student numbers over the last few years! Thank you once again”


$2000 BIG UP Draw Winners
Tenterfield Lions Club
“The BIG UP money will be used to help our volunteers get to catering events and meetings by the way of paying our yearly membership fees. Once again I would like to thank you so much for this opportunity to help our volunteers. This is such a fantastic initiative that you have started, it really means a lot to volunteers to know that their efforts don’t always go unnoticed”
$500 Member Draw Winners
Baseball Canberra

“Baseball Canberra is a not-for-profit association whose mission is to create an active baseball community in the ACT. The Bolsta BIG UP money will go towards the purchase of equipment for our various baseball development programs that are designed to develop the skills of young baseball players. Baseball Canberra delivers a range of programs that cater to those who are new to the sport of baseball right through to those who aspire to play representative baseball in Australia and overseas. This generous gift from Bolsta will help support grassroots baseball in Canberra and its surrounds. Thank you!”

$2000 BIG UP Draw Winners
Central Coast Animal Care Facility
“Central Coast Animal Care Facility (a.k.a. the Gosford Pound) is a Not-for-Profit charity and no-kill rescue dedicated to saving and re-homing animals. The money from Bolsta will assist Thor, a past rescue with hip dysplasia, whose new family have been tirelessly trying to fundraise the $10k+ he needs in order to live a pain-free life. Despite needing the money themselves, Thor’s family donate a percentage of all the funds they raise to CCACF to support other rescues still looking for their forever home”
$500 Member Draw Winners
Penrith RSL Junior Rugby Union Club

“Wow thank you so much for this opportunity. Our committee and members are greatly appreciative of the news that we had won”

$2000 BIG UP Draw Winners
Crowajingalong Scout Group
“Crowajingalong Scout Group is based in Evatt in the ACT. As the local part of the world-wide Scouting movement, we provide a diverse range of activities and experiences to youth members from 5 to 18 years old. Our youth participate in programs that encourage them to grow through adventure by experiencing new challenges, making new friends, building confidence, taking responsibility for themselves, and being provided with opportunities to explore their own abilities and interests. 2020 was a challenging year for our Scout group. Like so many others we had to find ways of making our activities online-only for a while, we couldn’t run our normal fundraising activities and many of our families were impacted by the shutdowns, leaving us with much less income than usual to fund things like our hall maintenance, our leader training and the usual bills. On top of that, we recently had to replace our electrical switchboard and will have to replace a fence in the upcoming months. The donation from Bolsta will help us pay for this recent maintenance and save a few more grey hairs from appearing on our Group Leader’s head.
A very, very big THANK YOU from all of us at Crowajingalong Scout Group!”


$500 Member Draw Winners
Human and Hope Association
“Human and Hope’s mission is to empower communities to reduce inequalities. We want to see a world where communities experiencing poverty are empowered and developed through locally driven initiatives. We raise funds to support a locally run community centre in Cambodia (HHA Cambodia), enabling them to run their own projects the way that they see fit.
These funds will go a long way in supporting COVID-19 relief efforts in Cambodia, which include hygiene outreach and food production.
Thank you, BOLSTA!”
$2000 BIG UP Draw Winners
Storm Softball Club
“We still can’t believe we won the March big up competition and all of members will benefit from this amazing prize as it will allow us to keep our affordable, buy much needed equipment for our junior teams and help out our officials through some training courses. The whole club can’t thank you enough.
Storm softball club is a family club that brings the game of softball to the Tuggeranong area and wider Canberra regions. We pride ourselves on being a family club and ensuring our sport is open to all, fun, safe and affordable for everyone.
We have junior and senior teams and are in a rebuilding stage at the moment and we have been exceptionally lucky to continue to grow our family over the past few years.
Storm softball is about building a family culture through the game of softball and giving players of all ages and levels the opportunity to grow through sport.”
$500 Member Draw Winners
Agape Outreach Inc

“Thanks so much for your donation on behalf of our team at Agape Outreach! This will allow us to feed many families struggling during this pandemic. Our clientele has almost doubled during this time unfortunately! We are always looking for volunteers so please visit our website:

$1000 BIG UP Draw Winners
Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchenette Sydney

“The donation that you have made to our charity is precious, but the kindness in your heart is priceless. Thank you for being so kind and generous and believing in us. Because of your kindness we are one step closer to buying a bigger new van. This will take all the food and necessary items to the homeless and needy people in one go instead of taking 2/3 cars. We will be able to serve more needy people and our street friends who are not as fortunate as we all are. THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEART to BOLSTA FUNDRAISING!”

$500 Member Draw Winners
Wildlife In Need Of Care

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ACT Eagles Women’s Baseball Club
“We are so grateful for the opportunity Bolsta has provided in donating $1000 towards the ACT Eagles Baseball – Women’s group. The community support to help us win with votes has been heart felt and the chance to raise awareness of the women’s team is another great way to help us achieve our goals.
We also plan to hold many more fundraising activities to help us with our goals, thanks to the help of Bolsta resources. The money we receive from Bolsta will be used towards womens baseball equipment and team expenses to travel to Queensland for a national masters tournament held in early 2022.
Thank you Bolsta for your donation. This will mean a lot for Eagles baseball and for women’s baseball in Canberra”
$500 Member Draw Winners
Get Home Safe Foundation
“We are so grateful for this donation of $500, like most not for profits the last 12 months have been difficult and this will help us with many of the costs of the Regional Road Safety Alliance.
Thank you once again”
$1000 BIG UP Draw Winners
Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchenette Sydney
We are humbled to win the competition. Thanks for the donation. It will be put to good use. “
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Wollongong Saints Women’s AFL Club
“A big thank you to Bolsta Fundraising, the Saints are now $500 richer going into the 2021 season.
They are running a monthly competition for sporting clubs and non profits, so get yourself over there and get registered!
The Wollongong Saints know how far this will go for us and the funding boost is always so helpful!”

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Riverstone Little Atheltics
“Dear Bolsta Team,
Thank you so much for allowing us to enter and being winners, it is awesome.
Riverstone Little Atheltics Centre is a small club in the North West of Sydney. We have approx 170 registered athletes and compete on Friday Nights. The kids are all there to have fun, get fit and strive to beat themselves each week.
This $1000 prize money will be put towards new equipment for the kids to use. In this current environment a lot of money has had to be spent making our club covid safe. So it will be nice to go and buy equipment for this season.
Thanks again!”
$500 Member Draw Winners
Wyndham Park Community Centre
“Wow we are so happy that we won the draw and this money will help us feed more families through our food support program. We have seen increasing need within our community which may be highly disadvantaged but is such a close knit and strong community. This means we can also provide all of our families with an extra something in their Xmas grocery boxes.
From the bottom of our hearts thank you”
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WA Team Penning Association
“WATPA was formed in 2009, and has always had a strong emphasis on family friendly events, there aren’t many horse sports where children and adults can ride and compete together. Our club is welcoming and new members quickly become “family”, the competition of Ranch Sorting is growing quickly in Australia and there are many options to compete “over east” and even in Texas USA. This wonderful donation from Bosta will be used to promote this great sport further. Thank you very much.
What an awesome organisation you have, we will definitely be accessing your resources thank you very much”
$500 Member Draw Winners
Minute By Minute Disaster Relief
“Thank you Bolsta!!! Your donation will help us to continue our not for profit disaster relief assistance to all those who can not help themselves!
Follow us on Facebook to join the journey with us 😊 😊😊
Minute by minute disaster relief inc”

$1000 BIG UP Draw Winners
Malvern Springs Primary School P&C

“Thank you so much for donating these funds to our P&C. Our current P&C at Malvern Springs Primary consists of a bunch of fun spirited mums trying to give students, and teachers, a reward for their hard work. Whether it be a disco, afternoon tea or colour run – we are there volunteering, fundraising and donating!

These funds from Bolsta will help our contribution to the Reading Eggs program so all 840 students have access”

$1000 BIG UP Draw Winners
Brookvale Public School P&C
“At Brookvale Public School, we, the P & C support the school to be a great community environment and fundraise to improve the educational experience for our children. Our current fundraising goal is a new adventure playgroup for the students.
The $1000 will be a huge help in a challenging time where we haven’t been able to provide our yearly fundraising events. We are part of a little school doing BIG things.
Thank you Bolsta, we appreciate your support towards our school.”
$500 Member Draw Winners
Blackburn Lake Netball Club
Thank you so much for this wonderful support.
We are thrilled to participate and these funds will absolutely be put to great use. I expect that we will be putting them toward our COVID-19 response plan.
Our COVID-19 Response includes:
* Extra bibs for each team to eliminate the need to share bibs when changing positions during matches
* Social distancing signage at training venue
* Sanitiser products
* Online return to play workshops for players and coaches
* Online wellness sessions for all members

$1000 BIG UP Draw Winners
Banksia Road Primary School

Thank you so much for the prize of $1000. Banksia Road Primary School were affected by a tragedy almost three years ago. This tragedy required the rebuilding of classrooms at the expense of our beloved adventure playground, meaning that 556 students have nothing to play with during their lunch breaks. We entered this competition because social cohesion and a positive learning environment is what is needed at this school. Students affected by the pandemic also need a happy place to learn in and the money will be used for new play equipment.

$1000 BIG UP Draw Winners
A Better Life For foster Kids

Based in Gippsland, Victoria, A Better Life for Foster Kids (ABLFFK) was founded in 2014 by Heather Baird, who herself grew up in foster care. ABLFFK works to improve short and long-term physical, educational and psycho-social outcomes for children in foster care and kinship care. Our aim is to preserve children’s dignity, improve their feelings of self-worth and lessen social stigma. We provide material assistance to children in care, as well as advocacy and support for carers to help them navigate the out of home care system.
ABLFFK is unique in providing Crisis Cases, which contain all the clothing and essential items required for the first week of care, where and when they are needed by carers, without administrative red tape. Around 85% of children arrive in their placement with only the clothes they are wearing, having been removed in emergency circumstances. As well as providing essential items needed in a child’s first week in care, Crisis Cases contain handmade blankets and toys sent from people all over Australia that show children their community cares for them. Books provided for 5-12 year olds allow them to tell their story, helping them to process trauma and move forward. Crisis Cases also create significant mental and financial relief for carers. 
Each Crisis Case contains around $295 worth of items, with over 75% of these donated by community members and businesses.

Each Crisis Case costs approximately $50, so funding from Bolsta will allow us to provide dignity and comfort to 20 children entering out of home care!

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