News Article – Newsletter Issue #3

16 Dec 2022

In this issue December :

  • Making a Difference: 800+ therapeutic Play Bags arrived in Lismore and the Snowy Region to smiling faces
  • Did you know? You now have access to a new free online short course ‘Need to Play’
  • Thanks and hugs: Recent events supporting at-risk kids at Be Centre
  • Don’t miss out! Save the date and join us!



Last week, with generous support from funders, we provided four regional schools with therapeutic play bags to help the children heal and ‘play out’ their experiences from recent natural disaster trauma. Schools in the Northern Rivers received flood-focused sensory bags and schools in the Snowy Region received bushfire-focused bags. Thank you CommBank, Hasbro, Macdoch Australia, and NAB (bushfire) for funding these initiatives. See further information and feedback from a parent here.

If you would like to support this project you can do so by donating here or please connect with us to discuss options. More information is available about the ‘Need to Play’ here.



We’ve launched a 45-min online course called ‘Need to Play.’ It has been developed for parents/carers providing the reasons why play is so important for children, and has lots of tips and activities that can be implemented immediately and used over the holidays.

The course is designed to motivate you to incorporate play into your world and your child’s every day. Play can literally rewire a child’s brain and help them to overcome even the most difficult life experiences. See more at Funding for the online course was generously supported by the NAB Foundation.



26 August 2022: Be Centre Charity ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Gala is Be Centre’s largest fundraising activity. Not only did it live up to its name of the ‘fun’ Gala of the year but it also raised enough to support the equivalent of 30 scholarships for children and families to receive early intervention support at Be Centre. Thank you to our organising committee, sponsors and supporters. See more on our instragram page.

20 October 2022: Laing+Simmons Young Real Estate hosted Gabriella Moses Art in their stunning Studio at Careel Bay with a portion of the proceeds going to Be Centre. Thank you for your wonderful support and delightful launch night!

5-6 October 2022: Royal Motor Yacht Club’s ‘Timber Boat Festival’ picked Be Centre as their charity of choice to run the BBQ for their ‘Timber Boat Festival’ weekend with all proceeds going to Be Centre. Thank you to our Art Club Volunteer Pepi for nominating us and raising close to $1,500. It was such a fun weekend.

8 November 2022: Be Centre’s Trivia Night was the first of its kind for us Lots of brains and laughs which also raised $6,000 of valuable funds. Keep your eye out for next year’s ticket, it’s going to be another sell-out! Thank you Catalina, Linda, and our fantastic sponsors and attendees. Including support from the Waterfront Café, The Meldrums band, and trivia master Lachie for helping creating wonderful atmosphere on the night. See more on our Instagram page.

13-27 November 2022: Be Kind Sydney, Giving Campaign Be Centre was identified as a grassroots charity who are change-makers. The Sydney Community Foundation included us in their annual Giving Campaign ‘Be Kind Sydney’, thank you, and special thanks to Jodie! With SCF and your support we raised over $15,000 to support children and families at Be Centre. See more.

21 November 2022: Mosman Public School received their reward ‘Messy Play Day’! This was delivered to the highest fundraising classes (the school almost raising $20,000!). The lucky ~180 recipients learnt a little more about how Be Centre works with resident artist, Karen Atkins, and made lots of mess and had tons of fun. Thank you to the teachers for getting into the spirit and our fantastic Be Centre staff and volunteers for helping make the day happen. See more on our instragram page.

25 November 2022: Deloitte Impact Day is a day when the team at Deloitte Sydney joins Be Centre for a hands-on community giving day. The team learnt about the work we do, and helped us clean all the playrooms – thousands of toys! – as well as a multitude of activities which help us run and free up the clinicians so they can focus on helping children. Thank you green dot team! See more.

8 December 2022: Supporters Thank you to our some of our regular volunteers and funders who could make it to our supporters’ night last week. We are excited for what 2023 brings and to focus with you on healing as many children as possible. Thank you.

1-13 December 2022: Mitchell Morley Employment’s 12 Days of Christmas campaign helped raise awareness of Be Centre Foundation and some of the wonderful charities we have on the Northern Beaches. Thank you for choosing Be Centre as one of your charities of choice! A special shout out to Elkie for fantastic dress ups for Be Centre! We love this!

Thank you to all our supporters! We are ever grateful for your support to help kids in need.

If you would like to support Be Centre at one of your upcoming activities or through your corporate giving program please reach out. We’d love to get involved.



These events support our fundraising efforts. Thank you to our wonderful community, volunteers and supporters for helping to drive change.

ON NOW: CommBank Community Donation: Cast your vote today to help raise money for Be Centre – it’s simple!

Thank you to our friends at CommBank Warriewood who nominated Be Centre to be one of two charities to help raise awareness and potential funds for. Please cast your vote for us and make it count for Be Centre. Follow this link Click ‘vote now’, enter ‘Warriewood’, and select ‘Be Centre’ to vote for us!

There’s NO LIMIT to the amount of votes you can cast between now and March!

20 December 2022: Be Centre Community Garage Sale relocating from Manly whilst building works go ahead. Come and see us at WOTSO 19-21 South Steyne Manly from 9:30am – 4:00pm next Tuesday. Lots of toys, furniture and pre-loved office and kids items. All sales go to Be Centre.

18 May 2023: Be Centre Charity Golf Day

Currently sold out. TBC tickets to be re-released with additional venue capacity.

24 June 2023: Novus Dinner Save the date for a wonderful night supporting local charities.

1 September 2023: Be Centre Gala Save the date now to join us for the 2023 Gala Dinner. It should be a wonderful night full of fun and fund-raising!

If you’ve got some time available, whether it’s regular or occasional, please introduce yourself as we’d love to help to fulfil your wish to be a volunteer AND at the same time make a positive contribution to a children’s mental health charity. You can connect:

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