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We assist bereaved children to find a way to live with loss and grief, to move forward and take the next steps on their bereavement journey.

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Wombat’s Wish cannot operate without your support.

You can donate here.

Do you know of a bereaved child?

The death of a parent is extremely difficult for children. We provide guidance and support to enable them to manage the impact of death on their lives.

Consider filling out the referral form.

Looking to volunteer?

We offer a variety of opportunities to volunteer. Depending on your interests and skills, we can make sure that you find the right volunteering opportunity to suit you.


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Here are some of the stars from our Wishing Tree yesterday at the Humans in Geelong Expo at Deakin Waterfront. What a great day it was and well covered today by the Geelong Addy. ... See MoreSee Less

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A great day had by all at the Humans In Geelong Expo 2017 today. Two Wombat's Wish photos to share:
1. Andrew busy talking to people on our booth
2. The grand arrival and first public appearance of Freeman the Wombat.
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Love Wombats? Love Dancing? Love Mascots?

Then check out our new mascot Freeman in action and showing us his new moves! Enjoy!

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With the inaugural Humans of Geelong Expo on tomorrow - it is a great opportunity today to look back to when our relationship commenced. Here is the Humans of Geelong article on Jill Crookes, our Wombat's Wish founder from November 2016.

If you have enjoyed reading it, please share with your friends.

Drop in tomorrow between 10am and 3pm at Deakin Waterfront Geelong for the Humans of Geelong Expo and say g'day to our WW team.
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‘It was the 12th January 1991 when the police knocked on my door to tell me that my husband had died that afternoon while playing cricket for Jan Juc. Our children were 10 and 8 years of age. When I returned to work as a psychologist, 3 months after his death, I found I was getting many referrals for young widows. I also found that my children were sometimes misunderstood at school. This was when I realised that children whose parents die are not catered for very well. I felt there was a need. This is why I started Wombat's Wish; the Geelong based, not-for-profit, for parentally bereaved children, adolescents and their families.’ We hear from Jill Crookes. ‘In 1998 my daughter did a GAP year at a girls' boarding school in the UK as an aide. I went to visit and tacked on a Psychology Conference that focussed on child bereavement. Here I heard about a program called Winston's Wish - the charity for bereaved children, which was founded after studies had shown psychological and mental health issues in adults who had experienced bereavement in childhood. ‘Back in Geelong I got talking to Pam Virgona from King’s Funeral Services, and, together with Annette Drummond, a retired Social Worker, we formed a Steering Committee to establish Wombat's Wish. In 2004, the Geelong Community Foundation helped find a donor for $5,000 that enabled me to spend a week in the UK and study under Winston's Wish. ‘Wombat's Wish was founded in 2005 and has now assisted more than 170 children and their families to find a way to live with loss and grief, to move forward and take the next steps on their bereavement journey. We are now up to our 20th camp. This highly successful program is expecting 25 children to attend over this weekend November 5 and 6 at Burnside camp in Anglesea. The children sometimes come from difficult circumstances and often have very complex needs. ‘Geelong is a great city – big enough to have many resources, but small enough to be a vibrant community – and it is this community that supports and sustains our work at Wombat's Wish. Our Patron, Frank Costa and our Ambassadors, Brian Cook and Dr Gillian Turner, lead the way, but many, many people in Geelong assist us to help these vulnerable children and their families. Photo: Phil Hines Photography

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We are delighted tonight to welcome our newest Wombat's Wish team member. After twelve successful years Wombat's Wish now has it's own mascot and his name is: Freeman.

Freeman is really looking forward to meeting all of our WW friends at future events over the coming months.
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Brian Cook – the Geelong Football Club CEO


  • As we lead into the Wombat’s Wish High Tea & Flower Crown Master Class this Sunday at Truffleduck, David from Wombat’s Wish has asked Katie and Gemma from Botanical Muse a number of topical questions to gain a greater understanding of their business and to find out, what exactly is..

  • A huge thank you to the Geelong Street Rodders from all of Wombat’s Wish. Attached is Guy Mitchell from Wombat’s Wish receiving a wonderful cheque from the Geelong Street Rodders’ President Ian Vaughan tonight to assist with our future camps ensuring we can provide our...

  • Our new and exciting event, the Wombat’s Wish High Tea & Flower Crown Masterclass will be held at Truffleduck, Fyansford on Sunday September 24. Enjoy a glass of bubbles and induldge in delectable Truffleduck delights, followed by a flower crown master class from Botanical Muse....

  • We have some exciting news to share with our followers this evening. Our next camp will be run in November and for the first time in Wombat’s Wish history – we are officially full. We have 31 children and 13 families in total whom will...


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