In March, the Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation (The Foundation) distributed $24,400 in Back to School Vouchers to students across the Eyre Peninsula (EP).
With additional donations received of $2,200 to the Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation and its funding partner, the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR), the original $20,000 funding was increased to $24,400.
A Port Lincoln donor stated “We appreciate the work that the EP Community Foundation does, making a small difference for many people and places. The Foundation’s initiative to source matched funding for Back to School Vouchers is a real opportunity for all of us to make a huge difference for those children in Port Lincoln who need and deserve a positive start to their learning experience”.
Since inception in 2009, in partnership with the FRRR, the Foundation has now distributed over $240,000 in Back to School Vouchers in the form of a $50 Target (shopping) Cards to assist families on EP purchase school items such as uniforms, school bags and stationery for their children starting the new school year.
Foundation Chairperson, Garry Downey noted the 2021 program highlighted a much greater need for help with basic school equipment than the support the Foundation program currently provides, however local communities can support their school families by donating specifically to the Back to School Vouchers program, with any funds being matched to double their impact locally above the normal distribution. The Foundation also encourages public donations for this purpose.
Mr. Downey also acknowledged the support of School Principals and Governing Councils with the success of the Back to School Program.
The Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation carefully manages a growing base of donated funds and works with philanthropic and other partners to ensure the best possible value and impact from each of its community projects, regional student advancement and home hospice services on Eyre Peninsula. The Foundation is supported by the invaluable work of the Book Bazaar volunteers and committed administrative staff.
Please contact Susan at the Foundation on 0400 685 520, or download the donation form from the website at www.epcf.com.au if you would like to assist your community with extra Back to School Vouchers in 2022. Credit card and bank deposit facilities available.