Annual School Supplies Drive 2017

 

We’re collecting school materials for school packs to ensure over 100 kids from our programs and partnering schools kick off their 2018 school year with a bang!

It is vital for children to have access to items that are crucial to their education and development. It also alleviates financial stress on families who are doing it tough.

We are asking for your help today in collecting the materials that fill a student's school bag at the start of each new school year and allow them to confidently tackle their school work.

These include:
- Stationary (e.g. pens, pencils, rubbers, sharpeners, rulers, scissors, glue sticks, highlighters)
- Exercise books
- Folders
- Calculators
- Dictionaries
- Pencil cases
- Backpacks
- Lunchboxes & Drink bottles
- Crayons
- Coloured pencils
- Textas

In the past, you, our supporters have always made incredible contributions, so once again we need the community to rally behind creating a positive start to the 2018 school year for refugee kids!

We are collecting items over the next month, so if your school, workplace, family or group are looking to make a meaningful impact let us know.

Get in touch with us via aid@rmccaustralia.org.au !

RMCC Annual School Supplies Drive Refugee Migrant Children Centre

RMCC refugee migrant children raffle ticket education support learning

RMCC raffle to raise over 500 hours of education programs!

Our first annual RMCC raffle is full of amazing prizes and this year we are aiming to raise $10,000! This amount will help to fund over 500 hours of our critical education programs.

Programs like our Learning Support Program and Family Learning Club are pivotal in engaging children in order to increase eagerness and enjoyment in their own learning, whilst providing positive educational outcomes.

Our amazing prizes include:

1st Prize - a coveted Yarra Valley Hot Balloon Weekend Getaway with Dinner
2nd Prize - a Luxurious Melbourne City Break with sparkling and Breakfast
3rd Prize - an unlimited Luna Park family ride pass

The suspense has been building in the office over the past couple of weeks with volunteers more than ready to get their hands on some $5 tickets. We’ve been doing some hard maths, trying to calculate our odds but thankfully CEO Alice jumped in with her expertise and ticket bundles.

Our ticket bundle deals are:

5 tickets for $20
10 tickets for $40
15 tickets for $60
and 25 for $100 for the unstoppable ones out there like ourselves.

Sales close on the 24th December and prizes will be drawn on the 4th January 2018 at RMCC headquarters, so keep your eyes peeled for ticket sales happening over at our social media pages and out and about in the community.

2017 has been an astonishing year of growth for RMCC. There are exciting plans from every end but let’s make sure we end the year with a bang!

Visit our gift store to purchase tickets! http://store.rmccaustralia.org.au/

Introducing the RMCC Board

It’s been a busy few months at RMCC with our RMCC HQ move and new programs starting up. Quietly behind the scenes, our RMCC Board has been busy too. Our board come from a range of backgrounds and their knowledge and expertise enrich our organisation. We hope that you enjoy getting to know them!

 

Mark Burton- Acting Chair

Mark B is a Certified Practicing Accountant and over the past 4 years has been actively involved in providing settlement support and services to the Sudanese community, alongside his own commercial consultancy venture. When asked to summarise himself in 3 words, he is tempted to describe himself as an 'old white male' but will prefer 'Mature. Social conscience'. We can tell that his sense of humour has been present throughout his life, because when he was a child, he aspired to be 'tall, because I was always the smallest kid, holding the blackboard in the class photo'.

 

 

 

 

Carolyn Doyle- Non-Executive Director & Secretary

As a lawyer with over 30 years of experience, Carolyn has worked with commercial businesses, government bodies and not-for-profit organisations. Whilst Carolyn describes herself as 'bookish, untidy and curious', she is currently legal counsel at the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission. Carolyn has joined us because she firmly believes that RMCC can make a positive difference in the lives of the children who participate in its programs. Which to her is 'a great thing to be involved in'.

 

 

 

 

Jordan Mavros- Non-Executive Director

Jordan’s personal interest and concern in the encouragement, guidance and support of children and youth is augmented by his experience as a social worker and counsellor. Two professions very different from what he expected as a child! When Jordan was young, he expected to be a farmer, because for young Jordan, his world was his village. Even now, he treasures the memories of tending to the sheep after school. Additionally, Jordan is the former CEO of the Geelong Ethnic Communities Council, Chairperson of the Multicultural Aged Care Services, and President and Director at United Way/ Give Where You Live.

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Hill- Non-Executive Director

Jennifer is a senior consultant who has worked extensively across risk and crisis management, media and government relations, and corporate communications. She has worked in some of the world’s most dynamic geopolitical environments, especially with World Vision Australia, leading their humanitarian and emergency public affairs. Jennifer is a person of fascinating stories, having lived in Jordan and Timor-Leste.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alice Wojcik and Bobby Allen- Executive Directors

Alice our Founder and CEO, along with Bobby, our Co-Founder and Project Manager will be serving as the Executive Directors of the Board bringing their on-the-ground knowledge, passion and their diverse range of individual talents.

Alice has a background in mathematics and financial planning, having worked in the banking and risk sector. However, her passion lies with creating opportunities for vulnerable children, allowing them to succeed no matter what their background or circumstances, a cause she has dedicated herself to for more than 10 years, resulting in RMCC. Bobby has a background in audio-engineering and over 10 years’ experience working with special needs and homeless children and youth through an array of organisations. He also has over 5 years in project and event management, having curated various events in multiple cities across the world.

Meet RMCC’s Co-Founder Bobby Allen

Almost five years ago the RMCC journey started. From our early beginnings as a local homework club to opening Australia’s first Refugee Migrant Children Centre last year, Bobby has been with us every step of the way. As a Director and Project Manager at RMCC, he has celebrated our major milestones whilst also providing tangible solutions in times of uncertainty and hardship. Bobby has worked tirelessly on RMCC programs from running our first session to the present day whereby he constantly seeks to expand our program portfolio and manages a team of Program Assistants and mentors.

Bobby’s enthusiasm and constant commitment to help secure the future for all our families and their futures sets him apart and makes RMCC programs unique. He is adored and respected by everyone throughout the organisation, from key stakeholders and volunteers to the beneficiaries we help every week.

So, it is with great excitement that we announce that Bobby Allen will now be formally recognised as a Co-Founder of RMCC. Alice Wojcik, our CEO and Founder, comments that “without him RMCC wouldn’t exist and every time I speak about the organisation it’s as we, not I.” Bobby has been right beside Alice throughout RMCC’s journey, providing constant support and making sacrifices so that they can achieve their RMCC dream.

Bobby certainly doesn’t like to take the limelight, so it has taken us some time to convince him that he should be formally recognised for the invaluable contribution he has brought to the team. RMCC couldn’t be more excited about Bobby’s official new title and would once again like to extend our appreciation for all he has done so far for RMCC.

We can’t wait to see what Bobby continues to achieve- we know it’s going to be brilliant!