For the fifteenth year in a row the Bass Coast Community Foundation has distributed Back to School vouchers to local schools and Bass Coast Health’s Family Resource Centre to help local families struggling to meet the costs of a new school year.
“We recognise the importance of moving through the school year with all the necessary uniform, books and school supplies, and we know there are families that struggle to provide these for their children,” said Martin Keogh, Chairman of the Bass Coast Community Foundation.
Each year the demand for these vouchers increases and this year the Foundation received half the number of vouchers it usually receives from the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) due to difficulties they have had in sourcing funding for these vouchers. “The Bass Coast Community Foundation is proud to be in a position to make up the shortfall and ensure that our community is provided with $30,000 worth of vouchers in 2020 – taking the total value of vouchers distributed to local families over the 15 years to nearly $280,000” said Mr Keogh.
The vouchers have a value of $50 and while this might not seem a great deal of money to some, it can and does make a great deal of difference to the families concerned. It can mean school shoes that fit properly, school uniform items like all the other kids, enough stationery and other requisites for the year, or a warm and waterproof jacket for winter.
When delivering vouchers to schools, Foundation Board Members and the Executive Officer heard that Bass Coast school’s value these vouchers immensely, and they make a significant difference for children whose families struggle on very low incomes.
The Bass Coast Community Foundation Chairman's emphasised appreciation for the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal and the Foundation’s donors for funding this important national program.