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School Savvy by Centacare FNQ

Centacare FNQ is appealing for donations of school supplies and school uniforms for a pop up shop which will open in January. 

The pop up shop will sell 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.

Last year, as part of Anti-Poverty Week, Centacare launched the first School Savvy appeal, calling for donations of school supplies and uniforms for a pop up shop which opened in January 2016. 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 estimate that School Savvy assisted in getting more than 1000 children back to school and ready to learn. 

The results speak 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 outlets. Cash or online donations of money will also be gratefully received and go towards the purchase of new supplies to be donated.

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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