1 February 2016
As students head back to school, the Menzies Foundation has provided some additional financial support to families in the Wimmera region of Victoria by partnering with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) to fund back to school vouchers.
The Back to School program run by FRRR addresses inequality and enables students to feel part of the school community. The program has been running nationally since 2005 and is based on a belief that quality education should be accessible no matter where you live.
This is the first year the Menzies Foundation has been involved with a contribution of $5000 to be distributed to Wimmera families.
The $50 gift vouchers are redeemable for basic needs such as school uniforms, clothing, shoes, school bags and stationery. A majority of the vouchers are distributed as students go back to school and will be redeemed in February and March to assist with school costs.
The Menzies Foundation joins a range of other funding partners who enable community groups and school support networks to discretely distribute these vouches to families in need.
The Menzies Foundation provides a range of support for students in the Wimmera region as part of our efforts to perpetuate Sir Robert Menzies beliefs about the impact of education on the wellbeing of all Australians.
Sir Robert Menzies was a scholarship student from Jeparit, a small town in the Wimmera, and it is an important element of our work to provide ongoing support to the region.
As well as providing funds for the Back to School program, the Menzies Foundation funds the Menzies Centenary Prize for a leading student at Dimboola Memorial Secondary College to assist in their first two years at university. The recent partnership with the Fielding Foundation and Ormond College also supports students from the Wimmera who want to attend university in Melbourne but may not have the financial means to do so.
Later this year, the Menzies Discovery Park in Jeparit will be officially opened by the Hindmarsh Shire and the Menzies Foundation has also contributed funds to this project as part of its commitment to the region.