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School Savvy by Centacare FNQ

In October 2017, Centacare FNQ launched the second School Savvy appeal which called for donations of school supplies and school uniforms for the School Savvy pop-up shop which opened in January 2018. 

The pop up shop sold low cost new and second hand uniforms and school supplies, whilst providing learning and skill development in the retail trade for Centacare volunteers and clients who are looking for work.

Why was School Savvy Created?

With 46% of parents in QLD having experienced financial stress over the past year, the start of each new school year can be a very expensive time, especially for families on low incomes. 32% of people living below the poverty line, received wages as their main income, indicating that having a job is no guarantee of keeping people above the breadline and it is estimated that over 17% of children in Australia, under the age of 15, are living in poverty.

In 2016, as part of Anti-Poverty Week, Centacare launched the first ever Centacare School Savvy appeal, calling for donations of school supplies and uniforms for a pop up shop which opened in January 2017. The response from the community was incredible and resulted in donations with an estimated value of over $25,000. Close to 600 families used the shop and we estimated that School Savvy assisted in getting more than 1000 children back to school and ready to learn. 

This year the results almost doubled with over 1000 families using the shop and we estimated that we assisted more than 2000 children to prepare for the new school year in 2018.

The results have spoken for themselves, so much so that we aim to make it an annual event.

How can you get involved?

You can help by donating any pre-loved and new uniforms and school supplies that are in good condition to any one of several donation locations including Centacare FNQ, during business hours or at local St Vincent De Paul Society (Vinnies) outlets. Cash or online donations of money can also be received and will go towards the purchase of new supplies to be donated to the pop-up shop.

Businesses can get on board by donating unwanted quality stationery supplies such as pens, calculators rulers etc. Perhaps items which may have been sitting around in cupboards as branding has moved on.

To get involved or for more information…

  Call (07) 4044 0130

Funded by: The Department of Social Services and the Cairns Community

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