Kindness conquers throughout School Savvy week

Families across Central Queensland have benefited from some financial relief in the wake of School Savvy CQ pop up shops opening this week.

Hundreds of parents, grandparents, guardians and children from across Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Capricorn Coast and Mount Morgan have attended these shops in the hopes 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 Rockhampton saw more than 490 people walk through the door on the first day and more than 480 attending the pop-up shop in Bundaberg.

Danielle MitchellSchool Savvy CQ Assistant Coordinator

“It’s a little bit concerning to see so many people needing this service, but we’re happy to help out wherever we can.”

“We’ve had a lot of feedback of 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 Rockhampton, Bundaberg and the Capricorn Coast – 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 5 minutes of the shop opening.

Leisa KilsbyCentacareCQ Manager of Risk & Innovation

“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 of 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.”

On the Capricorn Coast, more than 165 people attended the pop up shop located at the Community Centre on day one with 78 through the door within the first hour.

Families ensured School Savvy’s volunteer hair stylist was kept busy throughout the day with a little flair for the school holidays.

CentacareCQ support worker and hair stylist Sharaah Theaker added temporary colour spray to the children’s hair in the spirit of the final weeks of school holidays.

Mount Morgan’s pop-up opened its doors on Wednesday to help local families in the final weeks before school – the morning rush saw more than 40 through the door.

“We’ve had many shoppers encouraging us to keep their change which is a thoughtful gesture to the initiative,” Danielle said.

“Families with school-aged children can still take advantage of the pop up shops in Rockhampton, Bundaberg (open until 4pm Friday) and the Capricorn Coast (open Thursday until 4pm).

“We cannot thank our sponsors, local businesses and the wider community for the generosity and support in getting behind this initiative, these past three days have been a phenomenal help to so many families in the region.”
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“And it’s not too late to donate, our School Savvy pop-up shops will be 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 further help the community.”

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