For over 30 years, Brisbane-based charity Act For Kids has been providing support services for children who are abused or neglected.
In 2014, a study by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare confirmed 40,844 children suffered emotional, physical or sexual abuse or neglect. That’s 1 child every 11 minutes! Most kids experience this from someone they knew and trusted, and often in their own home. The study estimated that thousands of cases were not reported. The statistics are horrifying. What can you do to help?
Act for Kids aim to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect. The 250 staff working at the charity provide therapy and support for children and families, empowerment workshops and education, youth mentoring and family coaching, and safe houses in remote Indigenous communities.
As the organisation grows and continues to provide these free services, so does its operating costs. While Act For Kids receives some government funding, it relies heavily on fundraising and donations from the community. With a lot of cases unreported and not noticed, the charity needs to continue expanding and reaching all vulnerable kids.
The Act For Kids Lottery is one of the major fundraising activities for Act For Kids, with proceeds from ticket sales contributing vital funding toward the cost of helping at-risk children.
The Act For Kids Lottery takes place six times every year and tickets are limited to 9,000 for each draw, meaning you have better odds of winning! Plus, any spend of $100 or more gives you the chance to win bonus prizes worth $25,000. First prize is a brand new Mercedes-Benz luxury car, and if you buy a ticket book you will also have a choice of a bonus prize – platinum bullion or an extravagant holiday worth up to $25,000. Tickets are available online from Oz Lotteries any time up until the draw closes.
Best of all, you’ll know that every ticket sold contributes to a child’s safety and well-being. You can also contribute in other ways through building a support network in your local community, connecting with parents and caregivers, and becoming a ‘safe’ person in a child’s life. You should trust your gut instincts if you notice something that concerns you and contact the appropriate authorities in your state. As the saying goes – it takes a village to raise a child.
The latest Act For Kids Lottery draw is now open! You could win a $100,000 luxury Mercedes-Benz. Plus you also get up to $2,500 towards insurance, registration, travel costs to pick up your car or transport it to you.
Tickets for the current draw are on sale now.