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School Savvy outreach heads to Gin Gin and Childers

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Maija Stewart from Centacare at the School Savvy program held in January 2020.

The School Savvy CQ pop-up shop will be visiting Gin Gin and Childers for the first time with outreach days on Tuesday 11 January and Thursday 13 January.

Centacare CQ is on the look out for hairdressers to donate their time in both Gin Gin and Childers to give students in these communities the opportunity to get a haircut before school commences.

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Jessie Johnstone gets a hair cut from Stevie Jane at the School Savvy Pop-Up Shop.

Volunteer Program Partner Maija Steward said they had had great success hosting outreach days in the Rockhampton Region and was looking forward to visiting Gin Gin and Childers.

“We have had feedback that it would be great to have the pop-up shops visit Gin Gin and Childers to ensure access for the entire Bundaberg Region,” Maija said.

“We are excited to be heading out to both towns, although we are still calling for volunteer hairdressers to attend both days to provide our haircut service.”

The pop-up shops stock quality second-hand uniforms donated by the community, and brand new stationery supplies purchased through local business sponsorship.

This year, there is also a colouring in competition being run for two age groups, with many prizes to be won.

There are two age groups: Prep to year 3 and year 4 to year 6 for the competition, with a different colouring in for the respective age groups.

Children can complete the colouring in and submit it to the church or parish office, or at the School Savvy pop-up shop, prior to Wednesday 12 January.

The colouring will be judged by Stephen Smith MP and Tom Smith MP at 10 am on Wednesday 12 January.

Locally, School Savvy assists an average of 650 children to get back to school with all the basics they require.

School Savvy is an important mission of CentacareCQ and the Catholic Diocese as a non-government funded program designed to assist struggling children in their return to school.

The pop-up shops, including the School Savvy outreach days, will be taking place in the region on the following dates:

  • Bundaberg: 10 – 14 January
  • Gin Gin: 11 January
  • Childers: 13 January

You can find out more about School Savvy on Facebook.

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