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2010 Summer Back to School Voucher Program

SHF/FRRR 2010 Summer Back to School Program

Many local schoolchildren are well into Term 1 with school uniforms and equipment provided once again through the Southern Highlands Foundation’s Back to School Program.  In January this year, 380 $50 vouchers for Target and Big W stores were given out to families in need through our community service partners, Wingecarribee Family Support Service, Highlands Community Centre and Rainbow of the Southern Highlands.  This is a donation of $19,000 for families in our local community.

This national program is supported by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, the Sidney Myer Fund, Perpetual Philanthropic Foundations, Visy, the Melbourne Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, the Jack Brockhoff Foundation, the Wyatt Benevolent Institution, and the Estate of the Late Edward Wilson.  Funds from these philanthropic organisations provided a grant of 300 vouchers to the SHF, while funds for an extra 80 vouchers were raised within our community.  A successful film night in November 2009 raised $1860 and a generous donation was received from the Southern Highlands Foundation’s Patron, Mr Paul Ramsay, who has supported this program for several years.  Local fundraising was matched by FRRR to provide an extra $4000 in vouchers.

Stories from our community service partners show that families are very appreciative of this helping hand at the beginning of the school year, which is always a hard time for those on low incomes and with special needs.  The vouchers provide real help, so that children start the year with the right new school clothes and pencils, pens and other school needs.  At the same time, local families know that our community cares about them and their children and wishes them well.

The Southern Highlands Foundation will once again participate in the 2010 Winter Back to School Program, through which vouchers are provided for families who need warm school clothes for their children, as the cooler months set in.

Watch this space for more news about this wonderful initiative!