The SunnyKids Story

It takes a village to raise a child

At SunnyKids, we provide a social and emotional safety net for thousands of children and their families through our award-winning “Virtual Village” practice model.

We also offer up to 8,000 nights of emergency accommodation, as well as domestic violence and referral counselling, each and every year to local families in need. We partner with health, education and child protection agencies to keep kids safe. Our underlying, driving belief is that any issue is not the child’s problem to fix, nor is it the family’s or the community’s problem alone. It requires a community solution in which everyone takes responsibility and works together, empowering us all. The SunnyKids Virtual Village uses five key areas to identify and secure the support that at-risk children, young people and families need to overcome issues and be their best. Each of these areas is important and they mesh to ensure a child’s wellbeing.

Our vision is a society in which everyone feels safe, belongs and has a chance to reach their full potential.

Our mission is to achieve this by working with children, families and communities to help everyone take responsibility for the future.

Where does the money go?

Where does the money come from?

The SunnyKids Virtual Village

Our practice model, known as the SunnyKids Virtual Village incorporates children, young people and families in a broad-based partnership with government, private and community sector stakeholders. The ‘SunnyKids Virtual Village’ uses five key areas to identify and secure the support that at-risk children, young people and families need in order to be their best.

Governance

Patron

Mark Jamieson
Sunshine Coast Mayor

SunnyKids is honoured to have Sunshine Coast Mayor, Mark Jamieson as our Patron.
Mayor Jamieson has been a proud supporter of SunnyKids over a number of years. In November 2015 Mayor Jamieson launched SunnyKids Local Child Sponsorship Program, with the Mayor signing on as one of the program’s first child sponsors.

Meet the SunnyKids Board

Sally Desch
PRESIDENT

Sally Desch is the Director of HRM, a local recruitment and human resources agency. Sally founded HRM in 2005 wanting to replace her income as an employee by working for herself. 12 years later, HRM employs 7 staff and 40+ labour hire employees each week. Sally and her family are very active on the Sunshine Coast and wanting to make a difference for the next generation, they have been supporters of Sunnykids for around 3 years. Sally has two young children aged 6 and 8.

Education and credentials:

Sally is a member of the RCSA (Recruitment & Consulting Services of Australia & NZ). She is a member of the Maroochydore, Kawana & Caloundra Chambers of Commerce and she is on the Executive Committee of the Institute of Managers & Leaders (formally The Australian Institute of Management).

Notable achievements:

Sally was the winner at the Caloundra Business Awards for “Professional Business of the Year” only two years after starting her business and finalist for Professional Business Woman of the Year 2008 & 2012.

Natasha Hall
BOARD MEMBER

Natasha Hall has over 20 years’ experience as a lawyer in Australia and the UK. She has advised in a variety of legal practice areas across numerous jurisdictions, globally. Currently working as General Manager in Corporate Affairs at Sunshine Coast Airport she is responsible for a number of portfolios including legal, risk, compliance, insurance and company secretary. Having relocated to the region in August 2019, Natasha is now looking to make the Sunshine Coast her home. Natasha is a member of the Sunshine Coast Business Awards Committee, providing her the opportunity to give back locally and see first-hand the diversity and skills of local businesses, which she believes makes the Sunshine Coast a great place to live and work. Natasha believes in empowerment by education. Passionate about the community, Natasha feels privileged to be a part of Sunnykids as it strives for a society in which everyone feels safe, belongs, and has a chance to reach their full potential.

Education and credentials:

In addition to her Law and Business Degrees Natasha is also graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Certificate of Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia.

Tamara Cross
BOARD MEMBER

Tamara founded TC & Co Consulting in 2020, a boutique outsourced service provider based on the Sunshine Coast that offers accounting, reporting and advisory services to clients across Australia. She completed her Bachelor of Commerce at University of Queensland, and was a member of  the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Tamara has a wealth of over 20 years’ experience across various roles and industries, from superannuation and fund management in Australia, to global financial controller roles in media in the UK. Most of Tamara’s life has been spent on the Sunshine Coast, building relationships and flourishing businesses that have positively contributed to the Coast’s growth. As a well- established member of the community, SunnyKids looks forward to the new expertise and ideas that Tamara will bring to the table.

John Burnie
VICE PRESIDENT

John is a career banker who currently holds the position of Private Client Director with NAB Private.  He has been a Sunshine Coast resident since the 1990’s.   He is married with two adult sons. John has been a supporter of Sunnykids for a number of years and joins the board with a keen interest in supporting the organisation in fulfilling its aims and objectives.

Gabe Hutchinson
BOARD MEMBER AND SECRETARY

Gabe Hutchinson grew up on the Sunshine Coast. While studying a Bachelor of Laws, at Queensland University of Technology, Gabe started work in the legal industry with Butler McDermott Lawyers in Nambour. For the past eight years, he’s ridden the highs and lows of the world of litigation, learning from and working with some of the best in the business.  In October 2019 Gabe opened the doors of his own firm Clutch Legal.

As a true believer in providing access to justice for all in our community, Gabe is also the President of Suncoast Community Legal Service.  This role highlights the importance of helping the vulnerable and building up the community in which we live; values that are equally relevant to SunnyKids. Gabe knows it takes a village to raise a child and he’s passionate about making sure every Sunshine Coast kid can reach their full potential.

2020 – 2021 SunnyKids Annual Report

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2019 – 2020 SunnyKids Annual Report

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2018 – 2019 SunnyKids Annual Report

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2017 – 2018 SunnyKids Annual Report

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There are many children who need help and just aren’t getting it. Early intervention is critical to ensure these kids reach their full potential.

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