Alexis almost missed her opportunity for the best start to life…

Devoted father Glen fought for 18 long months to get custody of his children Alexis and Cody. They were living in an unsafe situation with their mother, who was often absent for days at a time, and gave them little in the way of a healthy routine or boundaries.

The single father worked hard to provide the stable, loving home his children desperately needed – and some financial security for the future. But when he had to leave his job to care for Alexis and Cody full-time, Glen struggled to afford the basics his children needed at school.

Too many struggling parents like Glen are facing the heart-breaking choice of buying books and uniforms for their kids – or paying this week’s rent.

Raised so far

$20,938

Our goal

$100,000

  • Michael Morahan just donated $500
  • DN just donated $211
  • Mary Shelley just donated $52.75
  • Beverly Long just donated $520
  • Michael Kelly just donated $52.75
  • Anthony Behan just donated $58.03
  • Richard Douglas just donated $500
  • Bruce Sabet just donated $250
  • Helen Hale just donated $52.75
  • D Dowd just donated $168
  • Damian Perrin just donated $52.75
  • Anonymous just donated $31.65
  • Frank just donated $300
  • John Allan just donated $520
  • Wendy Muir just donated $10
  • Yen-Chou just donated $60
  • Jan Imeson just donated $50
  • Anonymous just donated $263.75
  • Anonymous just donated $40
  • Michael and Dora just donated $515

The Problem

Without the right start at school, children from disadvantaged backgrounds often fail to make the difficult transition into further education and employment. Too many get trapped in a cycle of disadvantage, poverty and even homelessness. Research from Australia and around the world confirms the link between the lack of education and long term poverty.

The demand on Vinnies to help parents with school expenses has doubled in a 12 month period. The rising cost of living means thousands of struggling families simply can’t afford the basics their children need to start out on the right foot at school.

How you can help

For 16 years, Vinnies’ Children’s Education Fund has given aid to help struggling families pay for the basics kids need for school – things like books, stationery, uniforms and computer equipment.

By removing the barriers to education, Vinnies empowers Queensland’s most disadvantaged young people to dream big and achieve their extraordinary potential at school – and break the poverty cycle for good.

By sharing the life-changing gift of education with young people who might otherwise miss out, you’re giving them the opportunity to build a better future for themselves and their families. 

Books and stationery are a basic need for disadvantaged kids to learn the basics of reading and writing.

The right school uniform and shoes ensures children can enter the classroom with confidence and have the best chance at success.

Computer equipment is essential to ensure every child can access the life-changing benefits of education

Your Impact

Share the life-changing gift of education with children who might otherwise miss out. You’ll give the kids the best chance to achieve their potential and break the poverty cycle – for good!

"I want my kids to have a better future than what I did. But you’re not going to go anywhere these days without an education." - Glen, dad of Alexis and Cody

Your generous gift today can help provide disadvantaged children with the basics they need to get the very best out of their time at school.

A big thank you to our Supporters

The real heroes who are kindly helping us achieve our goal

$500

Michael Morahan

$211

Dn Bliss

$53

Mary Shelley

$520

Beverly Long

$53

Michael Kelly

In memory of Maelisa Hartley

$58

Anthony Behan

$500

Richard Douglas

$250

Bruce Sabet

$53

Helen Hale

In memory of Maelisa Hartley.

$168

D Dowd

$53

Damian Perrin

$32

Anonymous

$300

Frank

$520

John Allan

$10

Wendy Muir

$60

Yen-chou Ko

$50

Jan Imeson

$264

Anonymous

$40

Anonymous

$515

Michael And Dora Aitken

$171

Fiona Drew

This money was raised by the students of St Stephen's Catholic Primary School. We are keeping all the people affected by the floods in our thoughts and prayers.

$52

Anonymous

$104

Graham Jordan

$104

David Stitt

$50

Hugh Botting

$104

Anonymous

$261

Angela Phillips

$515

Brian Heenan

$157

Kieran Gibbons

$313

Anonymous

$261

Anonymous

$104

Margaret Carew

$21

Peter Hehir

$31

Judith Ranke

$104

Agnes Podobnik

$104

Peter Henneken

$63

Anonymous

$1.02k

Anonymous

$104

Janice Everingham

$52

Leigh T Owens

$1.02k

Lynette

Prayers and warm wishes to everyone assisting intros cause.

$21

Nancy Taylor

$52

Anna Marzano

$26

Anonymous

$52

Joe & Ann Chetcuti

$52

Josephine Cosgrove

$52

Jennifer Meyers

$150

Rosie Russell

$250

Anonymous

$615

Linda Roberts

$104

Beth Russell

$500

Anonymous

$104

Anonymous

$50

Zena Carusi-lees

$104

Helen

$52

Daphne Baker

$261

Patrick Wallace

$515

Anonymous

$21

Krystyna Allan

$200

Anthony Marsland

$104

Gabrielle Mcdonagh

$209

Neil Mcwilliam

$104

Alan Murray

$100

Anonymous

$52

Anonymous

$104

Helen Matchett

$515

Anonymous

$100

Anonymous

$26

Anonymous

$125

Anonymous

$308

Tim Willis

$104

Anonymous

$104

Eddie Lorch

$104

Anonymous

$21

Anonymous

$118

Min Siew

$515

Veronique Hoonhout

$1.02k

Anonymous

Donation in honor of my mum Lillian Hegarty who was an avid supporter and helper of St Vincent de Paul over many years. Mum passed away 5 March 2022

$30

Dianna

$52

Anonymous

$50

Kathryn Robinson

$52

Daniel Torbey

God bless you

$100

Kathleen Carlton

$261

Alison F Mcgill

$1.02k

Gabrielle Oshea

$52

Anonymous

$123

Karen Sinnamon

$1.5k

Bailey

$63

Lesley O'donnell

$104

Patricia Connolly

OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FLOOD VICTIMS

$123

John J Missen

$515

Rob Mccahill

$79

Sarah Kate Simes

$306

Veronica

$150

Jacee Cave

$104

Anonymous

$209

Jill Patricia Uhr

$10

Beatrice Lobo

$30

Derek Ordell

$104

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