Myrtleford Times

$26,000 to assist local families and students

- By LEAH ANDERSON-BYRNE

LOCAL families and students are set to receive uniform and school support thanks to the Into Our Hands Community Foundation and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR).

More than $26,000 in local business vouchers is being distribute­d to North East schools via this year’s FRRR Back to School program with, in total, approximat­ely 520 North East students to receive support via $50 vouchers that are redeemable at Target, Kmart or local retailers; Billy & Me, Wangaratta Uniform Zone and Mount Beauty Hardware and Drapery.

Myrtleford retailer Billy & Me received 70 vouchers worth $3500 and Mount Beauty Hardware and Drapery received 30 worth $1500.

Chair of Into Our Hands, Ruth Kneebone, said the foundation is “pleased” to be able to facilitate the program locally and “enhance the school experience for local students and their families”.

“Local families and school kids have had a difficult 12 to 18 months with COVID and the bushfires before that,” she said.

“These vouchers will ease financial burden on families and support positive school experience­s for local kids.

“Coming into winter, it’s important kids have a uniform that fits, the necessary stationary or the new back pack so they can focus on their learning and having fun at school.”

This year all schools across the Alpine and Wangaratta local government areas have been invited to submit for a voucher allocation­s with a specific focus on bushfire affected communitie­s.

Anglicare and the local welfare network is also supporting this allocation to ensure vouchers reach families in need.

The funding leveraged by Into Our Hands from the FRRR program is triple the region’s normal allocation from previous years because of increased funding available to support bushfire impacted zones this year.

You can donate to this program locally to support more vouchers and students for next year; to give, go to Donate - Into Our Hands Community Foundation (intoourhan­dsfoundati­on.com.au) or contact Sarah Thompson at Into Our Hands Community Foundation at Sarah_Thompson@intoourhan­ds. com.au or 0466 252 866.

 ?? PHOTO: Leah Anderson-Byrne ?? BACK TO SCHOOL: Myrtleford uniform store Billy & Me manager Jackie McKerral was one of multiple local stores in the Alpine region that received back to school vouchers thanks to Into Our Hands Community Foundation chief executive officer Sarah Thompson (left).
PHOTO: Leah Anderson-Byrne BACK TO SCHOOL: Myrtleford uniform store Billy & Me manager Jackie McKerral was one of multiple local stores in the Alpine region that received back to school vouchers thanks to Into Our Hands Community Foundation chief executive officer Sarah Thompson (left).

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