The School Savvy Shop is officially OPEN for 2019!!
Centacare FNQ opened the third School Savvy shop on 10 January!
Find us on the corner of Aplin and McLeod Street in Cairns
Open: 10 am - 2 pm weekdays throughout January or until sold out!
We have had a great response to the call for donations of school supplies and school uniforms for the School Savvy Appeal which was launched in October 2018.
Like previous years, the School Savvy pop-up shop sells low cost new and pre-loved uniforms and school supplies and while also provide learning and skill development in the retail trade for volunteers.
The Swap Shop will be available to everyone again and we have other local organisations available to offer visitors to the shop further
The Pack-A-Pencil Case program!
We are calling for schools, businesses and individuals to come together and pack a pencil case with the basic supplies required for either primary school or senior school and then donate these pencil cases to the School Savvy Appeal.
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. (Poverty in Australia 2016, ACOSS 2016)
The first ever School Savvy Appeal was launched by Centacare FNQ as part of Anti-Poverty Week in 2016. The appeal called for donations of school supplies and uniforms for a pop-up shop which was opened in early 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 more than 1000 children to get back to school ready to learn.
In 2017, the second appeal was launched and the School Savvy pop-up shop opened in early January 2018. We estimated the amount of children assisted almost doubled from the year before with over 1000 families using the shop and more than 2000 children supported for the new school year.
The results have spoken for themselves, so much so that School Savvy has become an annual event.
Call (07) 4044 0130
You can GET INVOLVED 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.
Bring School Savvy into your classroom or club and get everyone involved!
The team at Centacare have a few different ideas about how you can help and we're always open to new ideas.
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.
Become a Business sponsor and donate some school supplies. In 2018 we were delighted by the response from the Cairns business community. Local businesses were not only satisfied by ensuring local children have basic supplies they need for the school year but inspiring our kids to follow into their own trades and professions.
Centacare FNQ thanks our 2018 School Savvy Business Partners for their generous contributions to supporting the next generation excel.