If you're lucky, the minute your child starts school you find yourself surrounded with pencils and crayons and plastic folders that seem to breed every year, and - if you're like me – about twelve calculators despite only having three children.
Not everyone is so lucky.
Give Write is a WA initiative that takes unused and pre-loved stationery and passes it onto West Aussie kids in need for the following school year. Whichever way you look at it – helping others, being able to declutter your house or preventing things from going to landfill – it's a positive step in the right direction.
What to donate Give Write accepts the following new, near new and slightly pre-loved items and then re-packages them for families who need them the most:
Individuals Individuals can donate at one of ten donation points around Perth. Simply look for the big blue Give Write bins at:
1) Outside 86 Holland Street, Wembley 2) Town of Cambridge Main Administration, 1 Bold Park Drive, Floreat 3) Cambridge Library, 99 The Boulevarde, Floreat,
4) Watertown Brand Outlet, 840 Wellington St, West Perth 5) Office of Donna Faraghar MLC – 108 Swan Street Guildford 6) Kip McGrath Wembley Downs, 2/357 Cambridge St Wembley
7) Office of Peter Katsambanis MLC – 2/45 Northside Drive Hillarys
8) Office of Ms Celia Hammond MP - Cnr Floreat Ave and The Boulevard, Floreat
9) Western Metropolitan Recycling Centre - 60 Lemnos St, Shenton Park (entry via Brockway)
10) Office of Ian Goodenough MP - 129 Grand Boulevard, Joondalup
If you want to organise a collection drive amongst neighbours and friends, contact Give Write for a Donation Pack and they might be able to arrange a volunteer to come and collect the items from you.
Schools can also arrange a drive and you can request a Give Write School Pack to help you organise and promote the day. A volunteer will come to school and collect the donations and your school will receive a formal Certificate of Thanks.
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Corporations usually have plenty of barely used stationery – so if your business would like to make a donation, Give Write can arrange for someone to come out and speak at your workplace to explain the project and collect donations. There is also the option to sponsor a collection bin, starting from just $100 and allows you to put your logo on the bin alongside Give Write and show the community that you support local initiatives.
Who benefits from Give Write?
There are at least 44,000 children in WA living below the poverty line – and the start of a new school year can be an expensive time for families – needing to buy uniforms and stationery and books. The Gives Write program provides kids with what they need to stay engaged and involved at school.
93% of teachers use their own money to purchase supplies for students in their classes, so this program also assists those who often take on personal responsibility for helping kids they feel are being disadvantaged by not having the correct equipment.
The environment is the other big benefactor of the program.
Did you know that more than 140 million pens are sold in Australia every year? One guess for where most of them end up. If you said landfill, you're 100% right – around 700 tonnes of plastic waste every year. To help reduce this, Give Write is also part of the TerraCycle Writing Implements program so any donated pens and textas that no longer work are recycled through TerraCycle.