Back-to-school re­lief Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre eases the pres­sure

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL -

STU­DENTS re­turn­ing to school in 2019 will have the op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply for help with back-to-school packs and shoes de­liv­ered by the Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre.

A Back 2 School Pop-up Shop will be open from Jan­uary 10–12 to as­sist pen­sion­ers and ben­e­fit re­cip­i­ents with uni­forms, ac­ces­sories and sta­tionery, do­nated by Big W Can­non­vale.

Fur­ther re­lief is pro­vided in the form of the Feet First Project.

This sup­plies $50 vouch­ers for school shoes, re­deemable at In­ter­sport, Can­non­vale and Shoe­biz, Air­lie Beach and Proser­pine.

Last year, the Back 2 School and Feet First projects as­sisted more than 400 stu­dents across the Whit­sun­day re­gion, de­liv­er­ing 220 shoe vouch­ers and 180 sta­tionery packs.

A flow-on ef­fect en­sures lo­cal busi­nesses reap the ben­e­fits as ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Re­becca Woods said all items were sourced from stores in Can­non­vale and

■ Pop-up shop Jan­uary 10, 3pm–7pm, Jan­uary 11, 9am–3pm, and Jan­uary 12, 9am–noon

■ Pen­sion­ers and ben­e­fit re­cip­i­ents

■ Ap­pli­ca­tion forms avail­able from Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre and the Proser­pine Com­mu­nity Cen­tre from Jan­uary 7

Proser­pine to “help out the econ­omy”.

Feet First voucher ap­pli­ca­tion forms have been avail­able since Jan­uary 7 and can be picked up from ei­ther Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre or

the Proser­pine Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. Proof of res­i­dency and a Medi­care card is re­quired to ap­ply.

Feet First vouch­ers will be dis­trib­uted to ap­proved ap­pli­cants on Jan­uary 14 and are valid for three months.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SCHOOL SUP­PLIES: Sta­tionery and ac­ces­sories to be dis­trib­uted by the Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre.

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