About Build-a-Bear Workshop


GOOD FRIDAY APPEALThe Good Friday Appeal is a unique fundraising activity that brings together people from all parts of the community in a very special way. The common goal is to raise money for The Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne.

Individuals and businesses, clubs, schools and country towns can be seen conducting billycart races or ferret and yabby races, holding a gala ball in a grand hotel, running a golf day or shaking collection cans.

The Appeal's strength lies in the thousands of volunteers who give of their time, expertise and creativity to ensure that events are successful and the rewards are great.

It started in 1931 when a group of sportsmen and journalists from the Herald & Weekly Times' publication The Sporting Globe organised a sporting carnival in aid of charity; the Children's Hospital was nominated as a recipient of the funds.

In 1942, the Managing Director of 'The Herald' agreed that The Herald and radio station 3DB should promote an annual Appeal on Good Friday. In 1957, Channel 7 joined the Appeal and began the first day-long telethon, which continues each year at Melbourne's Etihad Stadium.

Channel 7 Melbourne and The Herald and Weekly Times have remained major supporters of the Good Friday Appeal and in recent years 3AW 693 and Magic 1278 have become official radio supporters.

The Good Friday Appeal is known for the fun, enthusiasm and ingenuity of those involved.

The Appeal is a non-political, non-denominational organisation that exists solely to financially support The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne.



AUTISM AWARENESS AUSTRALIAAutism Awareness Australia is a national-based not-for-profit organisation, founded in 2007. Since then, we have grown into the nation's leading autism education & advocacy organisation.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects 1 in 100 Australians making it a significant public health issue. We are dedicated to education programs that promote understanding of ASD throughout the nation, and supporting and advocating for the needs of individuals on the spectrum and their families.

Our campaigns and events have reached millions of Australians. We are proud to have delivered all of our projects free of charge to families and professionals across the country.

In fact, the United Nations found our work so inspiring we were invited to join their Department of Public Information (UNDPI) in 2011 and asked to present at their headquarters in New York in 2011 and 2013.

Our mission is to spark positive change by increasing awareness and understanding of ASD in Australia. It is our hope that increased education of ASD within the community will lead to earlier diagnosis and more effective treatments, helping to reduce the impact autism has on a child and their family.




Since 1877, Berry Street has chosen to work with children, young people and families, with the most challenging and complex needs, including those for whom they are often the last resort. Berry Street is the largest independent child welfare organisation in Victoria, and last year, they helped over 27,000 of the most disadvantaged children, young people and families across our community.

Berry Street believes all children should have good childhood, growing up feeling safe, nurtured and with hope for the future. They never give up on children and young people who have suffered great distress and significant harm. Many of these children have grown up in families where violence, chronic neglect, substance abuse, mental illness and poverty have prevented them from having a good childhood. Berry Street runs the following programs:

  • Education & Training
  • Family Services
  • Family Violence
  • Foster & Kinship Care
  • Residential Care
  • Therapeutic
  • Youth
  • Youth