Families across the Bundaberg Region have benefited from some financial relief in the wake of School Savvy CQ Pop-Up Shop opening this week.
Hundreds of parents, grandparents and guardians from across the Bundaberg Region have attended at the Civic Centre to give their children the best start to the school year through purchasing low-cost stationery and pre-loved uniforms kindly donated by the local community.
School Savvy assistant coordinator Danielle Mitchell said more than 480 people had so far attended the pop-up shop in Bundaberg.
“It’s a little bit concerning to see so many people needing this service, but we’re happy to help out wherever we can,” she said.
“We’ve had a lot of feedback about how grateful everyone is, some quite emotional that something like School Savvy exists.
“We are very thankful also to our volunteer hair stylists who have volunteered their time in Bundaberg – a lot of parents have commented on the convenience of this element of the shops.”
CentacareCQ manager of Risk and Innovation Leisa Kilsby said 170 people were through the door at the Bundaberg Civic Centre within the first five minutes of the shop opening.
“We had 270 attend within the first hour and another 350 on Tuesday,” she said.
“Our hair stylists have done more than 150 free haircuts and trims for school children since opening on Monday.
“Everyone has been very grateful for the initiative and are returning after their purchase to donate items to the shop, telling their friends and even paying for other’s items who were waiting in line if they are unable to pay.”
Families with school-aged children can still take advantage of the pop -p shop in Bundaberg until 4pm Friday.
It's not too late to donate to the School Savvy pop-up shops, with volunteers more than willing to receive any donations received in the final days to help those in need.
All proceeds raised from selling items at the pop-up shops are put directly back into buying more stationery items to help the community.
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