Help pack ‘Bags of Love’

Staff at the Melbourne and Ballarat campuses are invited to donate goods and time to help pack ‘Bags of Love’ for Impact to support women in crisis.

Impact is a completely volunteer-run charity committed to making a difference for Victorian women and children fleeing extreme violence at home. This Christmas, Impact will be sorting and packing 2,500 ‘Bags of Love’ to give to Victorian women. At ACU, we will be assisting by packing 400 of these bags, as well as wrapping children’s gifts, for delivery to regional Victorian organisations.

To further support Impact, ACU Engagement has coordinated the Dress a Doll initiative and, as a result, we now have hundreds of dolls that need dressing in beautiful donated outfits.

Sort, wrap and pack, or dress dolls

This year, we will be sorting, wrapping, and packing bags on the Melbourne and Ballarat campuses, as well as dressing dolls on the Melbourne Campus. We would love your help.

To ensure we remain COVID-safe, we have scheduled several two-hour shifts at both campuses. This is a great opportunity for you and your team to be involved, and we encourage you to apply for Community Engagement Time Release (CETR) for the hours that you volunteer.

Please come and join the fun and help us bring a ‘Bag of Love’ for Christmas to Victorian women and children looking for a fresh start.


Register here for one or more of the following shifts, and don’t forget to apply for CETR:

Date Activity Shift times
Monday 22 November Dressing dolls 9.30am – 11.30am
11.45am – 1.45pm
2pm – 4pm 
Tuesday 23 November Setting up hall/dressing dolls 12.45pm – 2.45pm
Wednesday 24 November Packing bags 9am – 11am
11.15am – 1.15pm 
1.30pm – 3.30pm 
Thursday 25 November Packing bags 9am – 11am
11.15am – 1.15pm 
1.30pm – 3.30pm 

Venue: Cathedral Hall Melbourne Campus (Building 405)


Register here for one or more of the following shifts, and don’t forget to apply for CETR.

Date Activity Shift times
Wednesday 1 December Packing bags 10am – 12noon
12.15pm – 2.15pm
2.30pm – 4.30pm 
Thursday 2 December Packing bags 9.30am – 11.30am
11.45am – 1.45pm 

Venue: Catherine of Sienna foyer, Ballarat Campus (Building 111)

Donating goods for ‘Bags of Love’

To help us fill the 400 bags, we urgently need the following items:

  • individually wrapped tea and coffee bags
  • boxes of sugar sticks
  • individually wrapped chocolates
  • notebooks
  • 2022 small diaries
  • 2022 calendars ($2 calendars would be welcome)
  • packets of pens with lids
  • candles
  • photo frames
  • jewellery
  • makeup
  • body lotion
  • brushes and combs
  • mindfulness colouring books and pens/pencils
  • anything else you might think of that a woman might enjoy receiving.

Please note that everything needs to be new because, while Impact is a charity, they don’t give charity: they give gifts and services with dignity, and dignity with gifts and services.

If you have items to donate, please deliver them to:

Melbourne Campus
ACU Engagement Office
Level 2, 340 Albert Street
East Melbourne

Ballarat Campus
ACU Engagement Office
Room 114.G.06 (Loreto House)
Contact: Bree Seamer (03) 5336 5490

More information

Thank you for any support you can provide for this important initiative during these difficult times. We at ACU Engagement and Impact really appreciate it.

For any enquiries, please contact

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