State Schools' Relief provides a simple and practical service that ensures that young Victorians in need can attend school with a greater sense of belonging and self-esteem.
One of Victoria's oldest charities, State Schools' Relief, provides primary and secondary schools with uniforms, shoes and school equipment for them to pass on to students whose families are doing it tough.
The very practical help that State Schools' Relief provides makes a real and significant difference to children and their families.
Since 1930, the organisation has provided support to tens of thousands of Victoria schoolkids, clothing an estimated 1 in 60 children each year.
With poverty and hardship affecting more than a million Australians, the organisation's initiatives are a reminder that a little bit of help can go a long way to making someone's life better.
The organisation receives lots of messages of thanks from students and their families – the positive impact that comes from simple things like a proper school uniform and shoes that fit cannot be underestimated.
Here is just one example:
"David* has proudly worn his new uniform to school each day. It's really nice to see him in a good fitting, decent pair of shoes. If you have ever worn a pair of uncomfortable shoes for just a few hours you might have a small insight into what this little boy experienced every single day. It makes all the difference to have the right gear. He's so much happier."
Having supported State Schools' Relief for more than a decade, we renewed our partnership with State Schools' Relief during Anti-Poverty Week in October and committed support of $40,000 towards the program for the year.
We have a long history of involvement in the school education sector both in supporting programs aimed at helping students and those aimed at strengthening the skills of education leaders.
*Not real name