An exciting event was our "Ladies Spring Lunch" held on Saturday 14th October, and we were thrilled to welcome Make Your House a Home as major sponsor of this event. The day included a silent auction, raffle, entertainment and amazing food!
The donors for the auction included:-
Make Your House a Home - Arm Chair
Fernwood Bendigo - Membership Packages
BLS Financial - International music artist's concert tickets
WIN TV - Airtime voucher
Crown Metropol - Luxury accommodation package & gift card
Valentines Antiques - Jewellery Item
Indulge Fine Belgian Chocolates & Foundry Hotel - Decadent Dining Package
Ella Bache - Rejuvenate Package
Hume & Iser - Tool Kit & Package
Nurture New Growth - Reflexology Sessions
Shop 12 - Clothing Voucher
Elliott Bros. - Chainsaw
These amazing donors along with the many businesses that have supported the raffle were all acknowledged on the day and their names displayed with the items.
"Please support those that support us".
As from Tuesday 18th June 2023 we are thrilled to be re-opening in bigger and newer premises.
We always say "it takes a village" and our relocation proved it. Powers Country Express heard about our move & jumped in with their fleet of vehicles and team to handle the relocation. We couldn't be more grateful.
Check out our contact page for full address and opening hours.
Saturday 6th May saw us hold our inaugural Mother's Day event, and what a day it was. Held at the beautiful MacKenzie Quarters in central Bendigo we welcomed over 100 ladies! Music, food, motivational speaker and a Q&A panel kept our guests fully entertained, and all headed home with a new appreciation of the impact Sunshine Bendigo has in the community and a "goodie bag" to enjoy!
Our amazing sponsors of the day were:-
Riff Raff Baby
Russell Parsons Builders & Designers
Maree Edwards MP - Member of Bendigo West
Hive Family Support Services
We would also like to sincerely thank the many businesses that contributed to our goodie bags & raffle on the day.
Due to our recent windfall we wanted to make an immediate impact within our community. In conjunction with Fosterville Gold Mine we distributed 267 food hampers across our Agency Network to families in need.
This along with 112 toy packs and 105 additional clothes packs made for a busy few weeks for our hard working volunteers. It gave us so much joy to be able to assist so many families that needed some Christmas joy!
The VRC ran their annual Melbourne Cup Sweep for all their suppliers, who then got to choose a charity for their horse. Fosterville Gold Mine, who supplied the gold for the cup, chose us and we won!
$50,000 was the prize and we are so grateful, feeling quite overwhelmed and so very very excited.
The link to watch the interview on channel 10 with our Founder / Director Glenda is below.
In April 2021 we ran a very successful winter pj drive and were blown away with the generosity of "our village".
458 pairs of pj's and $815 dollars for us to "top up" any needs.
Businesses such as -
Were all contributors along with so many families and individuals. One lady even drove from interstate to share what her small country community put together.
Many little kids were much warmer this winter due to everyone's generosity!
Over the Easter weekend in Bendigo the Citroen Club of Victoria and the Citroen Classic Owners Australia hosted the National "Cit-In" Meeting. Their Executive chose us to be the local sponsored charity and presented us with a very generous $3,000 donation to assist our ongoing work.
In June 2020 we celebrated being at our site in Vains Street Golden Square for 12 months. We are so pleased with our set up and our new home. The Community is always welcome to visit and see where we are & what we are about. Photos showing the changes posted on our social media platforms - what a 12 months it has been!
An interview with Founder Glenda Serpell appeared in the Bendigo Advertiser on May 16th. Link to story https://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/6756394/bendigo-service-calls-for-donations-to-support-vulnerable-families/
Thanks to Bendigo's Best a great local partnership showcasing the incredible work of Sunshine Bendigo and how the local community can support us. Check out the video here: https://1drv.ms/v/s!Ahb_rjNXpu0NrCrRLxrvJnkn_iSN