Vin­nies to help dis­ad­van­taged get back to school

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VIN­NIES is on a mis­sion to help dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren and adults get the qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion they need to suc­ceed.

In launch­ing the Vin­nies Back to School and Study Ap­peal, Vin­nies Queens­land State Pres­i­dent Den­nis Innes said the char­ity had seen a grow­ing de­mand for its ser­vices as each school year be­gan.

“Re­quests for our help at this time of year have more than dou­bled,” he said.

“We are hear­ing from peo­ple who can’t af­ford all the ba­sic school sup­plies needed for their chil­dren to be suc­cess­ful, par­ents who have not been able to buy their kids new school uni­forms in years.”

Mr Innes said Vin­nies was de­ter­mined to help pro­vide bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion out­comes for vul­ner­a­ble Queens­lan­ders.

“One in five chil­dren in Aus­tralia is start­ing school de­vel­op­men­tally vul­ner­a­ble, and one in six is liv­ing in poverty, the best way to help these kids is to pro­vide them with what they need to suc­ceed,” he said.

“Many adults are also trapped by poverty and can only dream of fur­ther study to help them se­cure a job, if we can give them that chance, through ed­u­ca­tion they can break the cy­cle.”

With Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics data show­ing the cost of ed­u­ca­tion has risen more than 24 per cent in the last decade, Mr Innes said the need to sup­port peo­ple with their ed­u­ca­tion had never been greater.

Do­na­tions to the ap­peal can be made at http://bit.ly/Sup­port­ingE­d­u­ca­tion or by phon­ing 131 812.

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