Back to School vouchers totalling $43,600 are currently being distributed to local students in need through the 2022 FRRR Back to School Program.
872 students from 68 schools based in NE Victoria and Southern NSW will receive a K Mart or Target voucher through the program which Border Trust facilitates annually. Schools are invited to apply for vouchers which are then discreetly provided to those students most in-need.
Kate Weiss, Border Trust’s Back to School coordinator said “The stresses and financial strains on local families and students are real, and for many, there are difficult choices to be made when a new school year starts. The program aims to ease some of this burden by providing a small gift to enable the purchase of essential items that help a young person attend school confidently”.
Chief Executive Officer of Hume Bank, Stephen Capello said that “Hume Bank was proud to be the major local sponsor of this initiative. Education is the foundation of every child’s future and each child should be afforded equal opportunity to realise all the benefits that education can bring them. We all know $50 does not go far, but for families that may be struggling, a pair of new shoes, school bag, hat or stationery will go a long way in putting a smile on a student’s face at the start of the year”.
Border Trust’s Back to School Region includes the NSW & Vic LGA’s of Albury, Greater Hume, Federation, Wodonga and Indigo. Over half a million dollars has been distributed by Border Trust under this program in the past 15 year – see more details here