33.7 C
Byron Shire
November 28, 2022

$50k in vouchers distributed to over 500 bushfire affected families

Latest News

Locals protest pollution to air and farming of Casino incinerator

Toxic air pollution is what Northern Rivers residents will get if the incinerator that has been touted for the Richmond Valley Jobs Precinct in Casino goes ahead say locals who protested the incinerator on Saturday. 

Other News

Ballina water supply

A recent Echo article regarding Rous County Council’s plans to access Alstonville ground water through bores for its Future...

From Margaret River to Byron to save veterans

William ‘Will’ Burnett served in the RAAF for ten years in logistics and ended his career as a well-established physical training Instructor. After his discharge, on his return from the Middle East, his mental health declined and he struggled through the clinical health system.

Former priest to face court over alleged historical child sexual assault – Richmond PD

A former priest will face court today charged over alleged historical child sexual assault offences in Mallanganee. In November 2021,...

Rally against a waste incinerator for Casino

Residents Against the Richmond Valley Incinerator (RAVI) and community members have planned a rally for tomorrow to alert the community about the issues surrounding waste incinerators and the problems they bring.

Interview with Ash Grunwald

Currently touring his latest release Shout Into the Noise, Ash Grunwald is a Bluesfest veteran with about ten appearances under his belt. His most recent show was earlier this year where he not only appeared solo, but he was part of some awesome collaborations – yet another great thing about Bluesfest.

International Day for the Elimination of Gender-Based Violence and the start of 16 days of activism

Today marks the start of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, a global campaign dedicated to ending gender-based violence.

Coutts Crossing principal Michelle Dalgleish with students who received Back To School vouchers through FRRR’s Bushfire Response Program. Photo supplied.

It may be the start of the school holidays but the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) and Northern Rivers Community Foundation (NRCF) are in front of the curve with helping bushfire affected families in the Northern Rivers pay for back to school essentials.

They are providing $50k in vouchers have been distributed to help over 500 bushfire affected families in the Northern Rivers.

NRCF partnered with regional service provider Social Futures to distribute 1,000 redeemable $50 vouchers to families in need across 35 schools in bushfire affected zones, all the way from Nymboida, to Rappville, Bonalbo and Woodenbong.

‘The vouchers are for purchasing items that students may have lost in the fires and have never been able to replace due to financial difficulties,’ said NRCF Executive Officer, Emily Berry.

‘We hope these vouchers support inclusion for the students, helping them fit into their school environment and go on to realise their potential, instead of feeling different, or excluded because they are unable to purchase school essentials.’

In partnership with FRRR, the NRCF have been supporting the Back to School Program since it began in the Northern Rivers in 2006, distributing over $500k in redeemable vouchers to disadvantaged children and their families in our region. This is the first year that NRCF has partnered with Social Futures on the Program.

‘We already have strong connections with the diverse communities across the region, including in remote or disadvantaged areas,’ explained Social Futures CEO Tony Davies.

‘So, when we were asked to help out with this project, we were happy to make use of our networks and hard working staff to see the vouchers get into the hands of families that needed them most,’ he said.

Michelle Dalgleish, principal at Coutts Crossing Public School said many families faced hardship in the aftermath of the fires due to property damage and loss of livestock.

‘Our school community was affected by catastrophic fire conditions in November 2019. The fires threatened lives and property in the area, forcing the school to be declared temporarily non-operational due to safety concerns when the Coutts Crossing village was evacuated. It was an extremely scary time for students, families and the whole community,’ said Michelle.

‘The school has worked hard to deliver a range of social-emotional programs to improve student’s resilience and strengthen coping skills in the aftermath of the bushfires. And now the vouchers have brought some welcome financial relief to families and students,’ she said.

All 86 students at Coutts Crossing received a voucher.

‘Dad stayed home and we went to our friend’s place so we were safe,’ said one Coutts Crossing student, Bryce, who used the voucher to buy new art and craft supplies.

‘I let my neighbours stay the night because the fire was so close to their house,’ said another student, Yuluwirri, who used the voucher to buy new school shoes, while fellow student Dimity bought a colouring book and dot-to-dot book. ‘I love it because it helps me when I feel stressed,’ she said.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Ballina ‘Steps Up’ against domestic and family violence

The Ballina community came out in force to ‘Step Up Against Domestic Violence on Friday.

Education shaping up to be a key battleground in NSW election

There is a teacher shortage and both the NSW Greens and Labor are focussing their efforts on highlighting the situation the NSW public education system is in as they campaign for the next NSW election. 

Tallow wallabies

Further to Maggie Brown’s letter regarding the incident on Tallow Beach of a wallaby having to be shot by WIRES owing to dog-induced stress...

Floodwaters essential for ecosystem rejuvenation say experts

Along with the human, infrastructure and economic devastation wrought by recent floods, come environmental costs and even benefits.