FOUNDATION BAROSSA PARTNERS WITH BAROSSA REAL ESTATE TO HELP DISADVANTAGED SCHOOL KIDS IN THE BAROSSA START THE SCHOOL YEAR
The Back-to-School initiative is part of the Rural Education Australia Program. Foundation Barossa has partnered with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) since 2008 to provide these vouchers.
Back to School is a national program that helps remote and rural children and young people to engage in learning and strengthen their educational outcomes. Back to School provides $50 vouchers to be used for items such as school uniforms, clothing, shoes, school bags and stationery – or anything that helps students feel ready to learn.
The vouchers are more than a $50 gift. This program is about social inclusion and resilience, building confidence and morale in disadvantaged children.
This year we have been able to contribute an unprecedented $30,000 to this initiative. With this, we can provide 600 vouchers to Barossa families that need them most.
We are also thrilled to announce a new sponsorship agreement with Barossa Real Estate, who have agreed to provide annual sponsorship of $5,000, which will be matched by FRRR. The generosity of Barossa Real Estate will allow us to further expand the program and allow more school-age children the dignity and opportunity to start the school year with the basic resources they need.
In addition, the program has again been supported by the Barossa community:
- Carême Pastry nominated Foundation Barossa as the recipient of their Butter Chicken Community Pie that was on sale at The Greenock with $2 from every pie sold going to Back to School program.
- Faith Lutheran College – Middle & Senior School “Green Thumbs elective class” have sold vegetables they grew at the CrossRoads Community Garden to raise $450 towards the vouchers.
For further information on how you can support Back to School or any of Foundation Barossa’s programs email Annabelle
Elton-Martin, Foundation Barossa Executive Officer.