Donate goods and services

Making a donation to the RCH Foundation is the best way to help sick children get better.

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 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
  • jewellery
  • 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 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 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

Wish lists

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

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