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18 January, 2024

School Savvy program to help flood victims

WITH many families across the Tablelands struggling to get back on their feet following the recent record-breaking floods, Centacare FNQ is seeking donations of school supplies for flood victims getting ready to start school again next week.


Yana Nikolenko and 2024 School Savvy Youth Ambassador Yasmin Rivett calls for stationary donations.
Yana Nikolenko and 2024 School Savvy Youth Ambassador Yasmin Rivett calls for stationary donations.

Launched this month at the Centacare FNQ hub in Cairns Central Shopping Centre, School Savvy is an innovative, community-based program that ensures every child has all the gear and the right tools for the best start to the school year. 

According to Centacare FNQ’s Executive Director Anita Veivers, the recent flood disaster and ongoing cost of living crisis have placed additional strain on families, making support from programs like School Savvy more crucial than ever. 

“Centacare FNQ is urging the community to come together and contribute to the program by donating school uniforms, stationery, and other essential items,” Ms Veivers said. 

"We understand the challenges families face and are committed to easing the burden as much as possible. Every donation, whether it's a uniform or a few hours of a hairdresser's time, significantly impacts the lives of these children.”

Donations can be made at local Vinnies stores or at the Centacare at 22-34 Aplin Street, Cairns City. 

Tablelands students who have been affected by the floods or are struggling to purchase school supplies can visit the School Savvy pop-up shop at VPG Atherton from 10.30am - 2.30pm this Friday, 19 January. 

For more information, visit www.centacarefnq.org

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