2016 Cubby House Challenge

Cubby House Challenge in 2016

As the largest and most high-profile fundraising activity on the Kids Under Cover calendar, the 8th Cubby House Challenge did not disappoint raising over $130,000 in March 2016!

With an aim to raise much-needed funds, while increasing our profile within the wider community, the Cubby House Challenge provides the perfect platform for supporter and community engagement in the lead up to the event and onsite at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (MIFGS).

This special event aligns perfectly with the Kids Under Cover brand and our purpose, highlighting the importance of happy and safe young people with the link to stable accommodation in our quest to prevent youth homelessness. The Cubby House Challenge is the ideal vehicle for us to engage people in what we do and start conversations with supporters and stakeholders alike.

This flagship event brings together a variety of experts from within the building and design industries to design, build and style their dream cubbies which are judged by an expert (and celebrity!) panel and then auctioned off during our twilight auction event on site. These unique, bespoke children’s cubbies have been a feature display at the MIFGS since 2011.

Kids Under Cover is the official charity of MIFGS, and since its inception, the event has raised over $420,000 for our homelessness prevention programs.

2016 set new benchmarks, not only in the quality of the cubbies but also for our fundraising. The auction raised $63,200, with the impact being significantly boosted through a dollar for dollar matching initiative with Gandel Philanthropy.

This year’s entries were truly inspiring and demonstrated a thoughtful commitment to understanding the role of play in children’s lives.

Children and adults alike were drawn to the cubbies, keeping visitors entertained and engaged, many adults reminiscing about cubbies they had during their childhood. This positive response was reflected in the lively bidding during the twilight auction, resulting in a record price of $17,200 paid for “The Relic” by Porter Davis. This cubby was inspired by a shipwreck dive with hidden elements to surprise and delight young explorers.

The team from Matt Gibson Architecture+Design and Hartman Construction & Development took out the architectural award for their multi-functional cubby house “Pl-yground” which contained lavender embedded wall panels, a fireman’s pole and climbing nets.

Fairhaven Homes “Funhouse” cubby was purchased by a loyal supporter of Kids Under Cover, the Portland House Foundation, which donated the cubby to the Inner North Community Foundation. The Foundation placed the cubby with the Aborigines Advancement League in Thornbury later in the year.

Auctioneers from leading real estate agencies iSell Group, hockingstuart Northcote, Woodards, RT Edgar, and Nelson Alexander took on the task of auctioning a cubby house each, which led to some healthy competition.

The result of the 2016 Cubby House Challenge was supplemented by a very generous community grant of $40,000 from Gandel Philanthropy. “We were thrilled to be involved with such an exciting event” said Alexandra White from Gandel Philanthropy.

Gandel Philanthropy has generously supported Kids Under Cover in the past, having co-funded a two-bedroom studio in Laverton in 2014.

Kids Under Cover CEO Jo Swift said the collaboration between so many diverse organisations, from the builders and designers, through to the final placement of Fairhaven’s cubby demonstrated the power of collaboration and partnerships to unlock the potential for bringing about change.

“We are so grateful to everyone who supported the Cubby House Challenge: the cubby house creative teams; auctioneers, judges, sponsors, bidders, volunteers and guests who make the auction such a memorable event.

It is heartening to see what can be achieved when like-minded people come together,” said Jo.

“As well as the entertainment value of the Cubby House Challenge, it also gives us a great opportunity to talk to people about the issue of youth homelessness and the preventative work we do to support at-risk families.”

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Our Reach

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+ young people helped

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+ studios on the ground

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+ Kids Under Cover scholarships awarded

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+ cars donated