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The FRRR BACK TO SCHOOL GIFT VOUCHER PROGRAM, is coordinated nationally by the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal.   Border Trust provides the local mechanism for the program, which offers valuable assistance for local families in need by distributing $50 Target Gift Vouchers. 

This small gift aims to help students  start the school year happy, confident and with the resources they need. 

To feel they fit-in and not stand-out.

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.”

Our most recent achievements.

2020 – 590 vouchers distributed to 67 schools

2019 – 1094 vouchers distributed to 70 schools

2018 – 949 vouchers distributed to 76 schools

2017 –  568 vouchers distributed to 66 schools

Border Trust is proud of its achievement of distributing over $350,000 in $50 vouchers since the commencement of the program in 2005

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.

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 each school year.

Thank you to our local donors: –

  • Hume Bank
  • 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

Beneficial relationship: Voucher donors Darren and Julie Eddy and the principal of Albury's Aspect school Jo Gillespie. Photo: Border Mail – 11May2016

Beneficial relationship: Voucher donors Darren and Julie Eddy and the principal of Albury’s Aspect school Jo Gillespie. Photo: Border Mail – 11May2016