Walk for Monash Children’s Hospital – Mar 1st


Clayton Festival – Feb 23

Clayton Festival Event Poster.
Clayton Festival.
Sunday 23 February 2020, 12pm - 6pm.
Clayton Community Centre.

Join Us on Sunday the 23rd of February at the Monash Clayton Festival.


Community Environmental Forum 2020 Recap

On 9th February 2020 at Brickmakers Park, Oakleigh “Friends of the Children Foundation” celebrated its 1st Australia Day Community Environmental Forum successfully. Some school principals guided us to move our Australia Day celebrations into February to avoid a clash with school holidays and the long weekend.

Our theme, “How to keep this Lucky country……LUCKY, was well attended by 175-200 guests. Our new format was well received, and they appreciated and enjoyed the artwork of many young school children. It was very encouraging to see the crowd participation despite the Corona virus scare.  

We were very buoyed by some very positive and encouraging feedback. During our general discussions, one lady said, “Don’t you think the ship has already sailed”. It took me few seconds to understand and reply to this comment. My comeback was “If we keep standing here and keep talking, ship will move further and further. We all have to work together and work harder to swim and catch the ship, before it is out of our reach”

To create a better future for our coming generations, we must all work hard together to create a better tomorrow. We must work in such a way that we ensure that we are going to leave this world in better order and condition than we inherited it in.

This was our 12th Australia day community get together and 5th, on a theme with the support of local primary schools’ children. Our next year’s theme will be same – “How to keep this lucky country ……LUCKY”. We will be celebrating it on February 14th, 2021. The venue remains the same, Brickmakers Park, Stamford Road Oakleigh. 

Please come and join us on this day and help us create a better tomorrow for our future generations.  


Event: 2020 Community Environment Forum

Friends of Children Foundation used to celebrate this day with the local primary school children on Australia day to promote Togetherness, Harmony and Respect for each other. From this year on the request of few School Principals, we have moved to 2nd week in February when there are no School Holidays or Long weekend.

As previous years, School Children will take part in ‘Essay writing and Colouring & Painting Competition’ on a topic ‘How to keep this lucky country LUCKY’. On this day best entries will be honored and rewarded. 

We will also talk about the environment, waste and recycling issues and solutions like how to reduce waste, recycle more, send less waste for landfill and increase the number of trees planted.

Event is supported by: Officers from Vic Police, Pinewood Community Bendigo Bank, Oakleigh Brass, Victorian Multicultural Commission and the City of Monash.

Various kind of food, along with music and entertainment, will be enough to bring everyone together and keep them busy.

Date & Time

09 February 2020 | 11:00AM to 04:00PM


Bring a plate of your signature dish (sweet, savory or salad) to share with others.


Brickmakers Park, 23-29 Stamford Road, Oakleigh 3166 View Map

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Australia Day 2018

‘Australia Day Community Get together’, is a free public event of FOTCF, open to all to promote Harmony, Respect, Sharing real cultural values and Belonging to this land. Individuals are requested to bring a plate of Sweet, Savory or Salad to share it with others and promote SHARING & CARING.

FOTCF will organise the sausage sizzle for all volunteers, guests and school children. Please just simply advise us how many are coming for lunch and what you plan to bring for sharing? The Oakleigh Brass Band will entertain us on the day along with few others and Lantern Making Lessons.

This year four local primary schools children are taking part in this event by submitting, essay, painting and digital art work in various age groups, on subject, ‘Australia means to me’. All the guests will be requested to take part in ‘Walk for Humanity. Harmony and Hope’ during the event.

We received nearly hundred entries in various categories and judging of winners was a huge challenge for judging panel. Please come and join us to appreciate the work and encourage the thoughts and thinking of coming generations.

Please share this message with your friends.

FOTCF 2018 Australia Day Celebrations
Brickmakers Park Stamford Road, Oakleigh
Friday 26 Jan’18 11.30 AM to 3.30 PM

For catering purposes only ‘RSVP ——– By 20th January 2018.
WE need some Volunteers on the day to help, if you can, please Contact SHASHI on 0411415490


Fund raising Gala Dinner on 16th September 2017.

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We presented our 1st Billy Blanket to the Hospital with the help of AMRIT VANI group three months back and with in this short period Monash Children Nursing Staff is wrapped with the advantages of this machine and they have put an request for another one. PLEASE HELP to raise money for 2nd Billy Blanket.

This is portable machine and under hospital “Home Programme” can be sent home with patients. Monash Children can provide the family with a Bili blanket at no cost, to take home. A nurse visits each day to assess the baby re observations, weights, feeding and daily blood tests and provides support for the parents caring for their baby with Jaundice. This treatment usually lasts 3-4 days and the benefits are enormous.

  • Supports Mums to breast feed their babies
  • A daily nurse visit to support the family
  • Keeps babies out of hospital environments which have the potential of exposure to “bugs” and infections
  • Frees up an acute bed for sick patients
  • No cost to the families, Keeps Mums and Babies together in their families

This Fund raising Gala Dinner is on 16th September at Brothers Banquet 3/134 Springvale Road Springvale between 6.30 and 11.30pm.

Tickets $55.00 per person or $500.00 for Table of Ten.

3 course Dinner includes Beer & Wine

Live Fusion Band & Singers, Bollywood Dancers. Loads of Raffle prizes to win.


Tree Planting 2017 at Bogong Reserve was a great success!


About twenty of young Scouts and other members of community contributed to the event and planted more than one thousand plants. At the end Monash Men’s Shed helped us for the lovely Sausage sizzle.


Tree Planting Event – 30 June 2016

Join us on Thursday June 30, 2016 at Bogong Reserve to contribute positively to our environment and learn directly from the City of Monash’s horticulture team.

A BBQ will be provided after the event.

RSVP to Monash Youth & Family Services on 9518 3900 or Friends of the Children Foundation on 9564 828



Tree Planting

Tree Planting Poster


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[Event] Volunteer Appreciation Day, Apr24

Invitation 24th April


Dear Friends,

Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you can’t make more time. When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you’ll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time.

You all have given your time for a good cause and now it is our turn to acknowledge that and appreciate that. We would like to invite you for a barbecue lunch on 24th April at Jells Park, please see attached invitation for more details.

One of a “side effect” of volunteering is that you can make new friends, so this is the opportunity to do just that. Come and join us to celebrate the spirit of volunteering. As someone very correctly said;


Kindly RSVP by 18th April. Email me, call me or call the numbers on the invitation.

Shashi Kochhar – 0411415490 / 95648228