Making a monetary donation to the RCH Foundation is the best way to help sick children get better.
The Royal Children’s Hospital is committed to providing world class treatment and care for some of Victoria’s sickest children, and your continued support helps us ensure we are able to conduct ground-breaking research, purchase cutting edge equipment, invest in the world’s brightest medical minds and deliver great patient care programs.
Here are some ways your donation can support the hospital:
However, if you’re unable to make a donation, a contribution of goods and/or services can help the RCH Foundation bring joy to patients and raise funds to support the hospital.
Unfortunately, we are not in a position to accept all donations of goods and services. To make sure the hospital benefits from your generosity, please read these guidelines before donating any items.
What we can accept on behalf of patients
Toys are appreciated for the following age ranges:
- infants – 0 to 18 months
- pre-school – 18 months to 4 years
- school age – 5 to 12 years
- teenagers – 13 to 18 years
Guidelines for the donation of toys
Donated toys must meet the following guidelines:
- toys must be brand new, unopened and still in manufacturers’ packaging or with tags attached
- we are unable to accept soft or plush toys due to health and safety reasons
- toys must meet Australian Safety Standards
- toys must not be gift wrapped
- toy guns and war games cannot be accepted
- toys must have no small or easily detachable parts that could be swallowed
- toys must have no moving parts that can pinch fingers or hair
- toys must have no dangers such as protrusions, sharp edges or breakable glass
- electrical, spark-producing toys are prohibited by fire regulations
- glue or paint in craft kits must be non-toxic and non-flammable
What we can accept for fundraising purposes
Raffle and auction items
Stalls, raffles and auctions are popular ways to raise funds for the hospital. Suggested items include:
- gift vouchers and event tickets
- new appliances (complete with manufacturers’ packaging)
- ‘money-can’t-buy’ experiences
- accommodation/dining packages
- brand new toys in their original packaging
- framed memorabilia
- new luxury brand goods
- Fully sealed food items (must be well before its use-by date and can be used for raffles and the like; for example, a box of chocolates)
Clothes, knitted goods, quilts
We are grateful to receive donated new and unused items of clothing, knitted goods and quilts. These items are sold on the RCH Auxiliaries stalls to raise funds for the hospital.
What we are unable to accept
For a variety of reasons, we cannot accept certain donated items. These include:
- used items including hard and soft toys, clothing, furniture, books, DVDs or VHS tapes
- new or used medical equipment and supplies
- any food items for patients
- denominational or religious material
- items containing shredded foam, small pellets or beans as filling
- balloons of any kind
- perishable items
Thousands of children visit the RCH every year and a donation of a toy, game, or arts and crafts supplies can go a long way towards brightening their hospital stay. Please read our wish lists for inspiration on what to donate.Download the RCH Foundation donated goods wish list
Christmas Wish List
Though the hospital tries to send as many kids as possible home for Christmas Day, many are not well enough to leave. There are also lots of children who present at emergency or are admitted to the hospital on Christmas Day.
The RCH cares for children aged from newborn through to 18 years, but unfortunately we receive fewer presents for certain age groups. Gift donations for infants and teenagers would be appreciated, as would brand new packaged Christmas wrapping paper and Christmas gift bags.
Please Note: gifts must be delivered to The RCH Foundation office at Level 2, 48 Flemington Road, Parkville between Monday 9 December and Tuesday 17 December within business hours (9am – 5pm).Download the Christmas wish list