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Friday, May 24, 2013

We are looking for that special person!  And it could be YOU!  We'd certainly appreciate a hand if you are able to help on a regular basis at one day a week - but we're totally flexible with that timing. SunnyKids has been growing significantly over the past couple of years and we could really use the support of some dedicated volunteers. Admin is one area where we need some great vollies but you can also give us a call if you'd like to spend some time helping out with events ie manning stalls, serving customers etc We'll also take this opportunity to thank our existing volunteers for their support - we couldn't do it without you! Please call Natasha McLardie, Admin Coordinator on 5479 0394 if you'd like some more information.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Now here's a chance to get all your footy news straight from the 'horses mouth'!¬† Not only will you get to meet the¬†movers and shakers of the AFL, NRL & ARU worlds, you'll be supporting SunnyKids at the same time. ..

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

With huge thanks to Jambickie and the Australian Government, SunnyKids is proud to launch their FREE Healthy Relationships App. Everyone has the right to feel and be safe in all their relationships.  But do we ever teach our kids how to recognise a healthy relationship?  Or do we just assume they'll figure it out by watching us and others?  Consider all the 'unhealthy' relationships they get to see on TV or the movies - do we ever stop to ask if they think these are 'normal'? This App is designed to help teens recognise potentially unhealthy things in their relationships.  It also gives information about where to get help if it's needed. You can have a quick look at the App by clicking here.  If you think it may be a suitable tool for someone - then by all means, spread the word!  It's FREE! Click here to download from ITunes. Click here  ..

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

October 13, 2013 will see a craziness hit the Coast like never before!  The Sunny Coast is hosting it's inaugural Swisse Color Run - and SunnyKids is the charity of choice. Inspired in part by the Hindu Holi festival, with its tradition of welcoming Spring by throwing natural coloured powders, The Swisse Color Run guarantees a truly memorable experience as runners are showered in blue, yellow, orange and pink coloured powder at each kilometre stage, (made from 100% natural and safe food grade corn starch), turning their pristine white attire into a rainbow explosion of colours! This event is less about the '10 minute mile' and ALL about having fun.  Health, happiness, individuality and play are what this run/walk is all about.  There's only 2 rules here: 1. wear white at the start 2. finish the race covered in colour Sounds like a great day out to us!  And all the while helping SunnyKids! So get your family or team together and do it for the kids!  Click here to register for the event.  You can also fundraise for SunnyKids by getting sponsorship for your race - as you sign up, you'll be given the details of how easy it can be. Looking forward to seeing you all there on the day. ..

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Friday, May 17, 2013

On Friday May 10th, the Queensland Government held an event in Mackay to hear from the people who reside in this great state about how they forsee the future.  Chris Turner, CEO SunnyKids was invited to share his views at the conference.  Here he shares his thoughts and feelings about the day. 'I was one of around 400 Queenslanders that converged on Mackay to work together on creating a vision for a 30 year plan for Queensland. The aim of the event was to kick start an ongoing process of engaging everyday Queenslanders in planning for our future. There were many questions in the lead up to the day along the lines of "how can 400 people plan together 30 years into the future".  For me personally, the event was a little more personal. I grew up in a small dairy town in south east Queensland. One High School, a State Primary School and a Catholic Primary School. A top pub and a bottom pub, and an old train station that welcomed and farewelled the good old 'Red Rattler' trains in and out of town. It was a great place to grow up, wide open spaces, a new adventure every weekend, and all in all pretty safe. The name of that town is Caboolture. 30 years after I officially left my child hood behind there, I really do wish someone had sat the community down and said 'Where do we need to be in 30 years time?"  Today, that town is no longer a dairy town, there are a prolific number of schools and both the top and bottom pubs have disappeared along with those rickety old 'Red Rattlers". When I visit my family, I feel a bit sad and wonder if things could have been managed better as that small dairy town rocketed 30 years into the future. The end result of the summit in Mackay was a draft set of questions that Queenslanders from all walks of life will be invited to respond to as the vision for Queensland is developed. I don't know for sure that it will get the results we all hope it will achieve for our future, but I know there were 400 good willed people in Mackay trying to make sure it does. Interestingly a simple question from one of the delegates on the day proved to be the most profound for me - 'If we are going to thrive in the future, then how can we move the whole community from 'Me to We' TODAY?' ' You too can have your say on how you want your future to look.  Just go to The Queensland Plan and complete the survey. ..

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Well, we made it to the finals!  SunnyKids is proud to announce that we are a 2013 Australian Small  Business Champion Awards finalist.  These prestigious awards  support and recognise small businesses across Australia. The Australian  Small Business Champion Awards originated in 1999 in NSW  and quickly evolved into a national program. We thank the organisers for our opportunity to be included amongst some of the nations most recognised businesses, and for allowing the SunnyKids' staff, volunteers, families and kids to SHINE!

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

We're very excited at SunnyKids to have launched our 21st century communications plan complete with integrated website, social media, electronic newsletter, YouTube Channel and blog. ..

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

We were thrilled last week to be contacted by the University of Sunshine Coast asking us to host an intern......'Just ONE,' I asked?  How many could they send over - PLEASE! Huge thanks to USC Admin Assistant Melissa Martin who has taken us in hand to provide 2 interns later in the year when the SunnyKids workload is going to peak with activity. We'll be welcoming interns to assist with our marketing and event coordination from August to October 2013.  Read2Remember and our other events will really benefit from the extra hands.  Hopefully too, we will be giving back into the community which has supported us for so long. Looking forward to meeting our newest members of the team!  We'll keep you updated!    ..

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Principal, Ian Miskin, felt compelled to let us know how he felt about having the SunnyKids SKIS program in his school over the past few years. We were so thrilled with his feedback, that we just had to share it with everyone! Thank you Ian for taking the time to let us know - we hope to continue this successful partnership with you in helping your kids to shine! SKIS Testimonial..

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

The month of March 2013 saw Profile magazine focus on 'families and children'. SunnyKids certainly had some good news stories to share about children on the Coast who have come through the challenging times to be the best that they can be.  Jesse Jack is one of those kids and his story featured as a key inspiration in this profile edition. Profile Magazine March 2013 lowres 12  Profile Magazine March 2013 lowres 13 SunnyKids CEO, Chris Turner shared the limelight with Jesse in telling his us how he came to be with SunnyKids, and the changing landscape of helping disadvantaged children and families. Profile Magazine March 2013 lowres 16  Profile Magazine March 2013 lowres 17          ..

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