Every dollar raised will help
local families meet the costs of a new school year.
Together, we can help students-in-need to feel they fit-in, not stand-out.
The FRRR BACK TO SCHOOL GIFT VOUCHER PROGRAM, supported by the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) offers valuable assistance for local families in need by offering access to $50 Target Gift Vouchers to help meet some of the costs in getting children back to school. It is a national program which has been operating since 2005.
Every year Border Trust raises funds and provides the distribution mechanism for this program. We are proud of this achievement – distributing $305,850 in $50 vouchers since the commencement of the program in 2005.
In 2017, 568 x $50 Target Gift Vouchers valued at $28,400 were distributed
across 66 Schools.
You can Donate to support the Back to School Program
Your donation to the Back to School Program will mean we have a greater capacity to help struggling families meet the costs of new clothing, equipment or school essentials. We urge locals to take this opportunity to help a young person connect with their peers, their school and their teachers.
Traditionally, FRRR seek to match funds raised by Border Trust to extend our ability to support students at the start of each new school year.
September 2016: – Thanks to the students & school community of The Scots School Albury for presenting the proceeds from their recent trivia night to support the 2017 FRRR Back to School Program. They raised a whopping $2200! Students caring for students – it doesn’t get much better than that.
Border Trust’s Role in the Back to School Program
Regionally, Border Trust provides the distribution mechanism for this program. Each year, we register our interest with FRRR on behalf of families in need and in direct consultation with our regions 110 primary and high schools. School principals throughout the region are invited to register for the program and request vouchers for their most needy families.
The requests for vouchers consistently outstrip available funding and we work toward raising funds to support the ever increasing need.
The vouchers allocated to schools by Border Trust are distributed at the discretion of each school and are to assist families with the purchase of uniforms, books, footwear, stationary, toiletries or other school necessities.
Distribution of Vouchers
Border Trust is proud of its achievement of distributing $305,850 in $50 vouchers since the commencement of the program in 2005.
A full summary of all grants, including the Back to School Program distributions, can be found:
2017 Supporters of The Back To School Program
In addition to the FRRR contribution for this program, local generosity enabled us to meet more of the needs of families at the beginning of the 2017 school year.
Thank you to our local 2017 donors: –
- The Scots School Albury Student Rep Council
- Adroit Insurance Group
- Institute Chartered Accountants
- The Scanlon Foundation
- Various Private Donors.
DONORS: Darren & Julie Eddy
“Lots of people have their hands out and there are a lot of worthy causes, but the thing that stood out with the Back To School Program was that it was in our region and it affected our kids. … We have our own children, we know how hard it is for families and we wanted to give everyone the best chance because if they’ve got the right stuff they’ve got confidence. If you’re in a position, $50 is not a lot to make a big difference to someone else.”
“Lessons in the Art of Giving” – Border Mail story
We gratefully acknowledge QBE Foundation for their support in providing a $10,000 grant to the Border Trust for the Back to School Program in 2014.
Sharing The Stories
Can a $50 voucher really make a difference? We receive many heartfelt stories from our schools on how a “gift from strangers” can really make a difference..
“Recently a family arrived in our school from a war torn country.. …. . When I gave them a $50.00 voucher to purchase new shoes for the child and explained that good people in our community donate the money to buy the vouchers to help those people who need a hand occasionally, the father cried. The father still thanks me for his son’s school shoes and his son, values them as his most precious possession. It is the only new thing his son had ever had.”
“This assistance provides students with a feeling of self worth when they have a new shirt, hat or shoes to wear to school. It really makes a difference.”
“One of our families parents is seriously ill and this makes things at home difficult for all, budgeting in the family home needs to be tight. It is wonderful to be able to assist this family in this way”.
“It is amazing what a difference a new pair of school shoes or sneakers makes to a child and how they walk just that little bit taller when they feel that they are equal to their peers and look the same. Many thanks to all that make this possible- we are so very grateful!”
“This program provides needy families with a little boost to help their child to have some basic essentials for school such as school shoes, underwear etc. This enables children to feel accepted and connected. Having new socks, runners or shorts without holes helps build self- esteem and provides some relief for families doing it tough.”
“When I give families a voucher from Border Trust on their first day at school they are so very grateful to be able to buy shoes, socks and underwear for their children so that they aren’t different from the other children.”
“The vouchers have supported children to go on school excursions with appropriate clothing and footwear, to take swimming lessons with swimming costumes and a towel and to have lunchboxes, drink bottles and backpacks and most importantly to have school shoes and sports shoes that fit when their feet are growing quickly and their parents have difficulty finding money for food much less a new pair of school shoes.”
“Some parents feel that they are unable to stretch the monthly budget to accommodate new school uniforms for 2 or 3 kids in the beginning of the new school year. The parents who receive a card really appreciate the kindness of others when times are tough.”
“Actually the smile on the faces of the recipients, this tells a lot. …. the voucher helps them considerably.”