Take 1000 glue sticks, 1000 packets of colouring pencils and 1000 scrapbooks, and you have the makings of a pretty big art project. Throw in 1000 blue pens, 1000 erasers, 1000 rulers, 1000 pairs of scissors and a few hundred scientific calculators and you might wonder what on earth is going on.
These numbers — and a lot more besides — actually add up to an impressive show of support for Girls Academy students dealing with the challenges of COVID-19.
Winc, which has been a corporate partner since 2018, was quick to offer help when the pandemic forced most of the almost 3000 students in Girls Academy’s program to learn from home.
Deborah Guion, Winc’s head of corporate responsibility, said the stationery packages had been popular sellers and it occurred to her that the students at Girls Academy could benefit from them, too. “This seemed like a really easy and practical way to help the girls in this time,” she said.
The packages started arriving in Academies around Australia when most of the students were still away, so staff set to work distributing them as soon as possible. The girls were thrilled to receive the items — they know better than most the difference such generosity makes to their ability to learn, especially in such challenging times.
Deborah said the Girls Academy partnership aligns well with Winc’s values and purpose: to help every Australian achieve a better work life.
The one-stop shop for office and education supplies also supports the education sector and is focused on “helping everyone to be a better learner, worker and carer”. The company chooses to support community initiatives with a focus on diversity, education and employment.
“Winc is committed to reconciliation and education,” Deborah said. “Girls Academy seemed like a really natural fit to be able to support girls to finish their education and get into employment.”
Girls Academy CEO Ricky Grace said the donation of such a huge volume of stationery items was not just generous, but thoughtful. “They provide practical support to our students at a time when they need it more than ever,” he said. “It shows a great understanding of the needs of our students, as well as a real level of care and concern.”
He said the difference the care packages could make to a student’s education could not be underestimated. “When you lack even the basic tools, it’s little wonder that students struggle to learn. To be given these items not only lifts their spirits, it encourages them to learn. On behalf of everyone, I’d like to thank Winc for their generosity and support.”