Give the gift of education this holiday season
Between COVID, ongoing bushfire and drought recovery and storms and floods, there are many who will find it really difficult to ensure their children have the necessities to kickstart a year of learning.
As another challenging year comes to a conclusion, FRRR’s attention is turning to supporting young people to start the new school year with all that they need to be ready to learn and thrive.
Running since 2005, FRRR’s Back to School program provides $50 vouchers to remote, rural and regional students and families in need. They can be redeemed at Target, Kmart or select local businesses for essential school supplies, such as uniforms, stationery, shoes and school bags.
It might not sound like much, but to many it makes a real difference. Here’s what one school told us:
“I would just like to say thank you for including our school in your program. We are a small school with little funding and are also a low socio school. Most families are one income families and are not financially well off. Our town and surroundings have been significantly affected over the past few years with the drought, followed by the fires and floods. We have families who were directly impacted by the fires and floods, losing their homes or possessions.”
This year, we have seen the highest ever value of requests for Back to School vouchers. But the number of students and families we can support depends solely on the donations we receive.
Can you give the gift of education this holiday season, so we can support even more children? Or perhaps instead of a present for friends or colleagues, you could give a gift in their name.
The impact is far beyond the physical items they buy. Feedback consistently shows that children who start the year with a new uniform, or with a lunchbox and stationery just like the other kids will be more engaged. It builds their confidence, self-esteem and makes them excited and ready to learn.
That’s a great gift to give to a disadvantaged child.