Vital tools to disadvantaged kids

Give Write, who help to ensure students throughout Western Australia can start the day with their own stationery, has been one of the community groups to receive support through the Lotterywest COVID-19 Relief Fund.

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Every child deserves to have a pen and pencil.

Jeff Healy

Give Write Founder

“There’s been a significant increase in demand due to the impact of COVID-19, with 600 requests for school packs in the first couple of months of the 2020 school year,” said Jeff Healy, one of the Give Write’s founders.

“Every child deserves to have a pen and pencil.”

Husband and wife founders Jeff and Anita Healy started Give Write from their Wembley home in 2019, after a conversation with teacher friends drew light on students coming to school empty handed.

“We realised we have so much stationery just sitting in our draws at home and we thought, ‘what can we do with all of this’,” Mr Healy said.

“When you hear about kids turning up at school with no pens or pencils, straight away they’re off to a bad start.

“We started collecting and recycling old stationery which we then bundled up into school packs.”

Currently, Give Write is working with more than 50 schools and have provided 1,400 packs for students.

A $12,755 Lotterywest grant is now helping Give Write provide school packs to remote and regional communities.

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