Nearly 5,000 disadvantaged country kids need your help
Education is a fundamental right, and a quality education should be accessible to everyone, irrespective of your circumstances, or where you live. But for families doing it tough in rural, regional or remote Australia, that’s often not the case.
Since 2005, FRRR’s Back to School program has helped more than 163,680 disadvantaged students by giving them a $50 gift voucher that can be redeemed for school necessities, such as uniforms, shoes, school bags and stationery.
This year, we were unable to meet the demand for vouchers - nearly 2,400 students in need missed out. That’s the equivalent of 100 classrooms of disadvantaged rural children.
You can make a real difference to the life of a rural student just by giving $50.
100% of your donation will go toward the program, as FRRR covers all of the administration costs.
The impact is far beyond the physical. Feedback consistently shows that children who start the year with a new uniform, or with a lunchbox and stationery just like the other kids will be more engaged. It builds their confidence, self-esteem and makes them excited and ready to learn.
That's a great gift to give to a disadvantaged child.
How does it work?
- FRRR works through local community service providers to deliver the program. The vouchers are provided discreetly, and the recipients can redeem the vouchers as they would any gift voucher – retaining their dignity but getting the help they need.
Here's what the recipients say …
FRRR receives some really wonderful feedback and it's truly remarkable what a voucher can mean to a young student, their family, and their education.
“I’m not sure that we will ever know the ripple effect that these vouchers bring to the well-being and mental health of the parents who receive them, and in turn their thinking about how their life is at the time, and how they value themselves as providers for their children. I do see the smiles and hear the laughter of those children as they engage with others at our school without feeling different because they don’t fit in. Thank you."
“At the end of the day, all students come to school to learn. The vouchers ensure that the kids can dress the same as their peers, have dry feet over winter and the basic tools to complete class activities. The difference it makes for a few benefits all.”
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Your help didn't just help financially, it has made me feel like I matter as a human being and even if just for a day, I felt like I wasn't completely alone.”
“A new family to our school was not going to start children at school for two – four weeks as the parents could not afford shoes for all of the children and would need to wait for a couple of pay periods to be able to purchase shoes. We were able to offer the family a voucher to purchase the shoes and the children started the very next day."