Thursday, November 16, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Sarina Neighbourhood Centre and Daly Bay have partnered together to ensure hundreds of Sarina school students have the necessities they require for school in 2024.
Throughout 2023, the Sarina District School Assistance Program supported 260 students from 40 families, providing financial assistance, through vouchers for school uniforms and essential booklist items.
Mayor Greg Williamson thanked Daly Bay for partnering on the project.
“Without the substantial financial contribution from Daly Bay, council’s Sarina Neighbourhood Centre team would only have been able to assist a fraction of these families,” Mayor Williamson said.
“It’s tremendous to see prominent local companies like Daly Bay step up to support their community,” he said.
Mayor Williamson said, unfortunately, the calls for assistance from this program had increased substantially from 2022.
“We’ve helped almost twice as many students as we did last year,” he said.
“While it’s great to be able to help, it’s also a clear indication that people are increasingly doing it tough, and the cost of living is straining household budgets more and more.”
Daly Bay CEO Steve Rae believes starting school with a full book list and a full school uniform has a significant impact on a child's experience and attitude towards their education.
“Daly Bay chose to support this program, to make sure local children don’t get left behind and have equal access to resources,” Mr Rae said.
“Daly Bay is really proud to be part of this program that aims to empower, inspire and transform lives within our community.”
Mayor Greg Williamson and Steve Rae, CEO of Daly Bay, excited for the partnership. Photo supplied