AS the beginning of a new school year draws closer, some Cockburn children will attend class unable to afford essentials like backpacks, pencils and notebooks.
Not-for-profit AYLA is looking to change that with a back to school appeal helping local disadvantaged families.
A drop point has been set up at Cockburn Gateway where donations of back to school essentials such as backpacks, pens, pencils, notebooks, library bags and lunch boxes can be dropped off for students of all ages.
AYLA chief executive David Metliss said they wanted to make up as many back to school packs as they could, which will then be distributed to local schools.
“Without the basic items for the start of the new school year, many children can be at greater risk of feeling disconnected or isolated,” he said.
“We are so grateful to Cockburn Gateway for encouraging local shoppers to donate back-to-school items so that AYLA can once again relieve some of the pressure on those local families who are finding this time of year especially difficult.”
Cockburn Gateway marketing manager Kerrie Allen said stores were also getting behind the appeal, with Spendless Shoes donating thousands of erasers, rulers and pencil cases.
“There are many families who find this time of year especially hard, so having back-to-school essentials provided is a huge financial relief for them,” she said.
“Cockburn Gateway is an integral part of the local community and as such it is important that we give back to the community that supports us.
“AYLA is a perfect partner in this respect as it is locally based and supports local families.”
Donations can be left at the designated drop point outside Kathmandu until February 3.