Centacare FNQ launches School Savy in Innisfail

Centacare FNQ officially launched the inaugural School Savy initiative in Innisfail.

CENTACARE FNQ recently launched their inaugural School Savy Appeal in Innisfail hosted by the CommBank Innisfail branch.

Guests in attendance included Cassowary Coast Regional Council Mayor Mark Nolan and key partners for 2021, including Tosco Office National, St Vincent de Paul Society, and Comm Bank Innisfail. 

Member for Kennedy Bob Katter, Father Kerry Crowley from the Catholic Diocese of Cairns, the Principals and staff from eight local schools, and businesses were also in attendance.

Centacare FNQ is looking for donations of school supplies and uniforms for the first School Savvy pop-up shop, which is set to open at the Innisfail Shire Hall in January 2022.

The pop-up shop sells low cost, new and second-hand uniforms, school supplies, as well as providing information and resources for parents and an opportunity for skill development in the retail trade for Centacare FNQ volunteers.

The initiative, which was first developed in Cairns in 2016, would not be possible without the support of St Vincent De Paul Society who have jumped onboard to provide local drop off points in Innisfail.

Centacare FNQ’s Executive Director Anita Veivers said, “There was such amazing support in Innisfail for the first Innisfail School Savvy. 

“School Savvy aims to assist local families on low incomes, or those who are dealing with challenging times.” 

“With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and families having to purchase new school uniforms, as well as textbooks and school supplies, it can be a huge struggle, especially straight after Christmas.”

Centacare FNQ is calling on families and Year 12 students in the Innisfail area to dig out those uniforms that their children have outgrown, or for which they have no further need, and put them to good use by donating to Innisfail’s School Savvy Appeal. 

Pre-loved and new uniforms and school supplies in good condition can be dropped off at several locations.

There are 11 drop off points in Innisfail and surrounds, where School Savy bins are located and, to find the nearest location for donations, please visit http://bit.ly/3yq1wzP.

This project has been made possible with innovation funding from the Australian Department of Social Services, support from Education Queensland, St Vincent De Paul Society, the Cassowary Coast Regional Council, and the Innisfail community.

There are many benefits of becoming involved in the School Savyy Business Partnership with two levels, School Savy Partner, School Savy Friend, or Donor/Sponsor of school supplies.

Local businesses can become involved in many ways, by donating items and funds, fundraising, volunteering at the pop-up shop, becoming a partner, sponsorship, or the Pack-a-Pencil Case initiative to fill a pencil case for a primary or senior student.

Donations of new or unwanted quality stationery supplies are welcome, such as pens, calculators, rulers etc, as well as water bottles, back packs, lunchboxes, shoes, and caps.For further information on options, contact 4044 0130, via email schoolsavy@centacarefnq.org and visit the School Savy FNQ Facebook page for updates.

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