Victoria School Students Repay Help And Give Back To Queensland

Victoria School Students Repay Help And Give Back To Queensland

Victoria Minister for Education Martin Dixon

Victorian State Schools’ Relief Launches Appeal To Help Flood Affected Queensland Students

Victor P Taffa

The Victorian Minister for Education Martin Dixon has welcomed the decision by State Schools’ Relief (SSR) to launch the Queensland Back to School Flood Appeal involving the Government School Community to raise funds for Queensland Students adversely affected by the current floods.

The State Schools’ Relief fund will be offering similar assistance to Victorian students of families in need in the state’s regional areas also affected by the floods.

“I applaud SSR’s decision to help Queensland families in need and it is times like this we need to come together as a nation to help those families whose lives are being turned upside down as a result of this natural disaster.” Mr. Dixon said.



“This appeal highlights the spirit of the school community to rally around and help out other communities in need and I hope Victorians will support the appeal and those children affected by these devastating floods in Queensland and in Victoria.”

“Almost two years ago, the Victorian school community was supported by the nation to rebuild after the Black Saturday fires and now we have the opportunity to help those in Queensland this appeal is about school communities looking after each other.” Mr. Dixon said.

To kick start the appeal, SSR has generously donated $25,000 to the Queensland Back to School Flood Appeal to assist those in need immediately and to show their appreciation of the help and contributions received from Queensland schools during the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

The Chief Executive Officer of SSR David Schmidt said a website had been established where Victorian school communities, interstate school communities, individuals and corporate donors would be able to access and donate directly to the flood appeal.

SSR will work with principals in Queensland to determine which schools and students have felt the hardest impact of the current floods.

“Those students will be given financial assistance to purchase clothing, footwear, books and any other items needed to help them return to school.” Mr. Schmidt said.

SSR will cap funding for each application at $1,000 however exceptions may be made under special circumstances where a principal requests additional assistance.

In Victoria depending upon the advice of individual school principals, the cap for each student will be set at $2,000.

Mr. Schmidt said that given the impact of the floods is expected to be substantial and ongoing for quite some time, SSR would accept donations up until 30 June 2011 and would help students in need until 30 June 2012.

The SSR’s current work assisting Victorian school students in need will not be affected by the Queensland Appeal.

Any surplus monies as at 30 December 2012 will be allocated to needy schools within flood affected areas and SSR will work with the Australian Education Union and Queensland education authorities to determine schools which fall into this category.

Once determined, funds will be distributed equitably to support student participation in schools.

The SSR appeal is being supported by the Victorian Government, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Australian Education Union, plus a variety of other sponsors and partners.