Mackay set for savvy bargains at back to school pop-up shop

Mackay families worried about expensive back-to-school costs for the new year can breathe a sigh of relief with the news that School Savvy is coming to town.


[📷: Flavia Prospero (left) with Sgt. Dorinda Freeman (right)]

Selling secondhand school uniforms and quality booklist stationery supplies at extremely low-cost, School Savvy will be opening their pop-up shop at the Mackay PCYC from January 9 – 12.

CatholicCare’s General Manager for Health and Wellbeing, Flavia Prospero, said that she and her local School Savvy team were excited to be bringing the much-needed event to the region.

“School Savvy is a great program that is already run very successfully in many places across Queensland,” Ms. Prospero said.

“Pop-up shop prices generally range between one to five dollars, with the program all about making sure that no student is left without the resources they need to be engaged at school and to feel no different to any of their classmates.

Flavia Prospero
General Manager for Health and Wellbeing
“We believe very strongly that a family’s financial situation should never be a barrier to accessing a good education.”

“We believe very strongly that a family’s financial situation should never be a barrier to accessing a good education.”

Ms. Prospero said the School Savvy team had been overwhelmed by the amount of support they had received, with local business Champ Group and mining giant BMA lending financial support to ensure the Mackay event’s success.

Local businesswoman and Champ Group Managing Director, Matilda Chapman, said that Champ had previously supported School Savvy’s introduction to other areas of Queensland.

“We’ve been fundamental supporters of the School Savvy program since its inception and Champ Group is really excited to see it coming to Mackay,” Ms. Chapman said.

“Education really underpins the long term employment opportunities for people, and as a local facilities management, labour hire, and labour services company, that is the basis of our business.


[📷: Champ Group’s Matilda Chapman (left) with Flavia Prospero (right)]

“You see a lot of families struggling, particularly with the rental crisis that we are in at the moment, housing affordability, and increases in electricity prices.

“The School Savvy program is practical, real relief that will benefit a lot of Mackay families by making sure that they can access the school resources their kids need, without the added financial pressure.”

Mackay PCYC Manager, Sgt. Dorinda Freeman, said that she was also happy to extend the PCYC’s support after hearing the program was coming to town.

“I love the concept behind School Savvy,” Sgt. Freeman said.

“There are so many kids and families in Mackay who need this extra support, and to be able to help provide it to them in such a welcoming and inclusive way is something that really aligns with what we do at the PCYC.

Sgt. Dorinda Freeman
Mackay PCYC Manager
“We look forward to hosting the School Savvy pop-up shop in January.”

“We look forward to hosting the School Savvy pop-up shop in January.”

For more information, find School Savvy CQ on Facebook.

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