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Vouchers to hit the spot

Wednesday, 28th January, 2015

The Broken Hill Community Foundation has more than 450 vouchers to help families send their children back to school.

Foundation Manager Kimberly Fell said the program had been running for more than 10 years and provides families with much-needed support.

The objective of the Back to School program is to find families in need and help them with school costs.

The $50 vouchers can be used to buy essential items such as uniforms, shoes, school bags and stationery.

“Over the years since 2005, the Broken Hill Community Foundation has helped distribute over 4000 vouchers totalling $200,750,” Ms Fell said.

“We have 475 vouchers this year to hand out. A number of vouchers have been allocated for the Menindee, Tibooburra and Wilcannia areas and will be distributed in the coming weeks.

“It just goes to show how hard everyone is doing it at the moment,” she said.

“That’s exactly what these vouchers are all about.”

The vouchers can be spent at Target.

“Target has been great; they’ve put extra stock out to accommodate us,” Ms Fell said.

“We appreciate the assistance. It is a wonderful program and there is a need for it.”

Funding for the vouchers is provided by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) and their donor partners together with the Sidney Myer Fund.

“Our appreciation also goes to Regional Development Australia Far West who allows the use of their office space for the distribution of the vouchers,” Ms Fell said.

An application form for vouchers must be completed with proof such as a current health care card or Centrelink notice signed.

Distribution will start tomorrow. The vouchers and forms can be picked up from the Foundations office at the RDA in Blende Street.

The office is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am to 5pm.

For more information call Ms Fell on 8087 9985 or 0437 884 367.

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